Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Proverbs 18:24 NIV

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”  I went through a particularly difficult situation yesterday. As the day went on it became more challenging. During a lull in the action I pulled out my iPad and sent a simple text to a…

Proverbs 17:8 AMP

“A bribe is like a bright, precious stone in the eyes of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.”  Ok, this whole fascination that Solomon seems to have with.bribes is a bit unnerving to me. There are places where he seems to be encouraging them.  He’s the king, should he really be encouraging them?  Realizing…

Proverbs 16:7 NIV

“When a person’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He causes even his enemies to make peace with him.”  When one of my children was in elementary school he seemed to keep getting crossways with another child in his class. After a few unpleasant encounters between the boys my wife and I decided to get…

Proverbs 15:8 NIV

“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.” “I’ll be praying for you”. That is a phrase I hear and have heard often in my years on this planet. You probably have as well. As I’ve aged and seen the power of prayer manifest in my life…

Proverbs 14:6 NIV

“The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.”  A little confession time. I know nonbelievers like to argue about Christianity by trying to point out things they say are”untrue” in the Bible. Unless they are seeking my input I just try to ignore them. However, when I read this…