Who Are You Becoming?

“The man of too many friends [chosen indiscriminately] will be broken in pieces and come to ruin, But there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 AMP Not all friends are the same. There are those that are casual and those that are close. It is important […]

Words Can Satisfy

“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.”  Proverbs 18:20 NLT I think we can all identify with the satisfaction of a good meal. That feeling of contentment and comfort that we typically not only find in the food, but in the company of others. It is different and not quite as […]

Have you ever lost a friend?

“An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.”  Proverbs 18:19 NLT There are those fun ice breaker questions that start with a “have you ever” statement. But there are those that might cause a little more reflection and heartache. Have you ever lost a […]

What Will Listening Do For You?

“Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.”Proverbs 18:15 NLT Recent national surveys report what was originally documented over 50 years ago. 65% of Americans believe they have above average intelligence. How can that be?  By definition it cannot be scientifically accurate that most people are above average, yet somehow most […]

Purpose Against Pain

“The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?” Proverbs 18:14 NLT Purpose against pain.  I am not speaking about the purpose of pain, but of purpose against pain. There are a few good resources that describe the purpose of pain.  Paul Tripp‘s blood on Suffering is one of them. It […]

Judging and Jumping

“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish…. The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.”  Proverbs 18:13,17 Jumping and Judging. This isn’t a tardy human interest story about an Olympic athlete, but it is an interesting observation regarding Human nature.  Perhaps it is our hurried world, or perhaps […]

What Came First?

“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.” Proverbs 18:12 NLT What came first? If I were to asked to complete the sentence on Family Feud likely your first answer would be: “The chicken or the egg.” It has been an age old philosophical debate, but one thing we would not debate is the fact that one […]

His Name

His Name “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.”  Proverbs 18:10 NLT   “The Name of the Lord is a strong fortress.” There is power in the Name of Jesus. And because there is, there are also adverse forces and criticism that would pressure us […]

The Consequences of Laziness

The Consequences of Laziness “A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.”  Proverbs 18:9 NLT What comes to mind when you think of someone who is lazy? Perhaps someone who avoids work, someone who shirks responsibility, or maybe someone who lounges in the appropriately named recliner. No doubt when you think of someone […]

How Did That Get in There?

How did that get in there? “Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.” Proverbs 18:8 NLT “How did that get in there?” Have you ever asked that question? We usually ask it when we find something with either an unknown origin or in an unexpected place. Maybe it is a lost item found […]