Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Salt and Light

Proverbs 12:15 NIV

“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”   “This chapter continues praising righteousness and handing out smackdowns to wickedness. The wise and righteous don’t mind and actually benefit from being rebuked, but the wicked don’t—for one thing. This chapter continues to recapitulate earlier points—being good pays, and being…

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Proverbs 11:1 NIV

“The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.”  Here is the thing. God detests deceit. In business and throughout life He has no patience for those who would defraud others. As much as He detests deceit He is also the protector of those being deceived and ripped off. Some in business…

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Proverbs 10:14 NIV

“The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.”  When COVID began its reign as the pandemic monster of 2020 an amazing phenomenon happened. Within about a week you could not find toilet paper anywhere. My wife actually came home with two mega packs of it. Yep, we contributed to the…

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Proverbs 9:6 NIV

“Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight.” Solomon is brilliant in his simplicity. Think about that. In this chapter he clearly lays out the way of God (Wisdom) in verse 1 and following Him as opposed to the way of Satan (folly) starting in verse 13. This is…

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Proverbs 8:35 NIV

“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.”  I recently read an article about what is considered the 10 greatest treasure hunts still on going. They covered Dillinger’s buried suitcase to The Lost Fortune of Key West. One of them is the story of The Beale Ciphers. “In early 1800s,…

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Proverbs 7:10 NIV

“Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.” Ok, there is no avoiding it. Solomon spends a lot, I mean a whole lot, of his time talking about sex and the consequences of illicit sexual behavior. He is warning the young men particularly. Perhaps his fathers issues…

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Proverbs 6:22 NASB

“When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you.” Proverbs‬ ‭6:22‬ ‭NASB I have never done this before. Not in all the years of sharing a daily thought from Proverbs have I reused a single one. I was looking…

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Proverbs 5:6 NIV

“She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it.”  Cinco de Mayo is certainly a very meaningful holiday to many people. I know it is absolutely all about fajitas, chips, salsa and margaritas right? A fun activity is to ask your friends what cinco de…

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Proverbs 4:7 NIV

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”   What will God allow you to lose to gain His Wisdom and understanding. You see sometimes we pay a cost we did not willing turn loose of. We have to give up more than we chose to. When…

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Proverbs 3:1 NIV

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,” Proverbs‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Matthew Henry refers to this chapter as, “one of the most excellent in all this book”. I concur. Solomon starts out by telling us how to be happy. Who doesn’t want that. I have a friend who has…

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