Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for August 2021

Proverbs 31:10 NIV

“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”  I have four granddaughters. They are beautiful inside and out and that’s not just a granddaddy talking. They all have amazing, strong mommas. One of the things I love about how they are all growing up from the 16 year…

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River’s 30:3 NIV

“I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.”    I live in a college town. A great university in a wonderful town. There are many upsides to living in a college town. First class division 1 sports, the music and arts available and the constant stimulation of…

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Proverbs 28:6 NIV

“Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.”    Solomon paints a very clear and unflattering picture of certain people of means. “The Hebrew for the word used here for perverse literally is, perverse of two ways; i.e. who, going one way, pretends to go another; the “two ways”…

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Proverbs 27:20 NIV

“Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.” Death, destruction and human eyes, all share a common characteristic. According to Solomon, they always want for more. The real news for us might be that our eyes are included in this list. We know that until the return of Christ the planet and…

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Proverbs 26:7 NIV

“Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.”    I just spent some time studying a few of the great theologians and commentaries on this verse. They talked about what Solomon was teaching us about useless (lame) legs. They discussed how lame legs were better…

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Proverbs 25:5 NIV

“Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.”    As I was studying to write today’s devotional thought I found it interesting, though not really surprising, that almost everything I read talked about removing negative and toxic people from your story to help you grow and live a…

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Proverbs 24:11 NIV

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to the slaughter, Oh hold them back!”  I try to stay non political in these devotions. That continues today. However, I, like most of humanity, have been deeply grieved in my spirit by the images of collapsed buildings in Fl., flooding…

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Proverbs 23:16 NIV

“my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.”  “The truth is important. It can be a matter of life or death. My story proves that.” – Tahmid Khan I often include a quote from some notable person in these daily devotional thoughts. You may wonder why this guys quote matters. Fair…

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Proverbs 22:3 NIV

“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”   Dr. Travis Bradberry wrote a column on LinkedIn in which he talked about the most common regrets in life.  In this Proverb Solomon reminds us that we are all capable of looking back and realizing that we were…

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Proverbs 21:30 NIV

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.”  The truly lost may be ignorant enough to believe they can thumb their nose at God and defeat His sovereign plan for their life and the world. A few more believe they can outwit Him. They think, as Satan did, that…

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