Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for May 2021

Proverbs 31:10 NIV

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” It just doesn’t seem fair does it ladies. I mean really, who wants this description always out there to be compared to? We guys sure don’t. All of us live with our story held next to the perfection of Gods…

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Proverbs 30:1 NIV

“The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.”  I did a quick study on the most inspirational speeches of all time. Steve Jobs and Rocky Balboa made almost every list. This one by Agur didn’t make any list. I don’t know…

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Proverbs 29:15 NIV

“A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.”  This verse is certainly directed toward parents and gives some clear, wise instruction on raising children. You notice I did not say anything about it being easy. It shows a very clear difference in outcomes of two opposite approaches. In…

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Proverbs 28:9 NIV

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.”‬‬ Gods word is the main way He talks to us. Our prayers are the main way we talk to Him. That communication is vital to our daily lives. This verse tells us exactly how that communication is disrupted. When we ignore…

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Proverbs 27:8 NIV

“Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.”  Christopher Cross released a song in 1980 called “Sailing”. Having grown up in Florida only a block from the gulf I could easily picture the kind of moment described in the song. Some of the lyrics are, “Well, it’s not far down…

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Proverbs 26:13 NIV

“A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” I recently read an article about excuses for not getting work done. Here’s a few: “I Threw Out the Presentation…” , “I Don’t Want to Step on Any Toes”, “I am Confused…What’s Our Goal Here?”, “I think We’re Rushing This…is…

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Proverbs 25:15 NIV

“Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.” A close friend told me the other day that I could be very persuasive. In the context of our conversation I wasn’t sure if that was meant as a compliment or a criticism. I knew it could be either depending…

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Proverbs 24:7 NIV

“Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.”  Solomon makes an interesting point in this verse. There are those in our world who have no business in places of leadership. It is not because of their lack of wealth, status, lineage or even talents. No,…

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Proverbs 23:3 NIV

  “Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.”  It is one of the most natural parts of all of us to desire food. However, because of our fallen nature self control is a constant struggle. Part of the fallen nature of mankind is the hunger for things beyond the boundaries God intended…

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Proverbs 22:10 NIV

“Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.”  This seems a bit harsh. We tend to be all about patiently putting up with this kind of disruptor. Solomon has what appears to be a pretty brutal response to this type of person.  The implication here is that these people, the…

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