Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Posts by Kevin Flannagan

Proverbs 17:4 NIV

  “A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.” Ok, let’s own this right now. I suspect we all feel pretty much let off the hook by the powerful words, “wicked, deceitful and destructive.” Right? Well let me give you a quick yet painful glimpse that God gave…

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Proverbs 16:16 NIV

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” We read this, nod thoughtfully, make a spiritually pensive face and try to look very solemn in agreement with this profound truth. Then we resume pursuing wealth. Now as I’ve said before there is nothing wrong with wealth. Solomon wrote this…

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Proverbs 15:2 NIV

“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.”  I know a lot of very smart people. Not just because I live in a university town although I suspect that may certainly contribute to the overall IQ of my interactions. I have traveled for years around ministry, business and…

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Proverbs 14:2 NIV

“Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.” It is amazing how clear cut Gods Word is. Right and wrong, true and false, upright and devious are laid out as clear opposites throughout His word. More important they are held up as a clear choice for us.…

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Proverbs 13:3 NASB

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”    Here is a true thing. Just because you think it doesn’t mean you need to say it. We are probably in agreement pretty easily with that one. So here is the challenge. Just because we…

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Proverbs 12:25 AMP

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.”  There is no shortage of things to weigh a persons heart down these days. When a boulder is dropped on the pile of life it may seem unbearable. Without God in your story it actually may be unbearable. I’ve…

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Proverbs 11:3 NIV

“The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”  This one hurts a little. We all want to believe we are the upright don’t we. We want to believe the best about ourselves. But, the thing is we do know ourselves. Thankfully God knows everything about us too, the…

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Proverbs 10:12 AMP

“Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].” Want to know what’s hard? Living with me. I know it. Heck, it’s even hard for me at times. Ask my parents, my college roommates, my kids or my wife. I can be annoying at best and ornery at…

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Proverbs 9:6 AMP

“Leave [behind] your foolishness [and the foolish] and live, And walk in the way of insight and understanding.””  I’ve never watched The Walking Dead. I might actually like it but I’m a little over Zombies, kind of like Vampires. However when I ran across this mental condition I was reminded of this verse as well…

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Proverbs 8:8 NIV

“All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”  Don’t you wish you could say that. I mean even on my best day I’m not sure I can make that claim. Traffic is just one example of a challenge to this for me. The word ‘All’ is the kicker.…

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