Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Salt and Light

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Proverbs 13:12 AMP

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.”  Every so often I feel led to share about a verse that I’ve tended to skip over. Usually it’s been because the verse seems so basic that I think no one really needs an insight or challenge from…

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Proverbs 12:1 AMP

“Whoever loves instruction and discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof and correction is stupid.”  The references about hating reproof in this verse literally “refers to wicked thoughts, wicked ideas or malicious thinking. This is one who is scheming to do something evil, with the emphasis on the planning or the intent (heart attitude)…

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Proverbs 11:19 NIV

“Truly the righteous attain life, but whoever pursues evil finds death.” “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!”. Todd Beemer was on United Flight 93. The one that crashed into and empty field in Pa. rather than into the Capitol. He was a faithful, evangelical believer. After the flight was hijacked by terrorists he managed to…

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Proverbs 10:1 NIV

“The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.”  The Kendrick brothers released a movie titled “Show Me The Father”. It’s a fascinating look at five men and their reflections on their fathers. It is presented in a way that gives the viewer…

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Proverbs 9:12 NIV

“If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”  There are a lot of themes that run through Proverbs. However, the one overriding theme throughout the entire book is that we should be wise rather than foolish. Solomon spends a lot of time unpacking the difference…

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