Community and Counsel

“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.” Proverbs 20:18 NLT We were designed by our creator to live in community. Godly community is more than potlucks and camping trips, it is also about accountability and counsel. There are occasional times that God may impress upon us a word of knowledge or […]

Mining for Treasure

“Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.” Proverbs 20:5 NLT They call it the Treasure Coast for a reason. It is said that off the East Coast of Florida that there are at least a thousand ships that have gone down in those waters. To this day […]

A Question of Relationship

“Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.” Proverbs 20:1 NLT There are a few things in Christian circles that spur passionate debate, often without persuasion or conclusion. Some of the things are theological, some are cultural and a few are physical. Alcohol might be one of those things that […]

Lessons Learned

“If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.” Proverbs 19:25 NLT I came by it honestly as a young adult. My grandfather had it, my mom had it, and I inherited it.   Is is as my father named it: “a lead foot.” […]

Disobedience and Disaster

“Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.” Proverbs 19:16 NLT “Keep the commandments and keep your life.” Disobedience can lead to disaster.  We all know that disobedience has consequences, and it particularly obvious when we are young.  I remember one such incident as a child. I was probably 6 or 7 years old. […]

Giving and Getting

“Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!” Proverbs 19:6 NLT Last week we talked about imitation and genuine treasures. Money may be able to gather people around you, but it may draw those who are looking to get “things” rather than a relationship. This week’s Proverb is related […]

Imitation Treasure

“Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.” Proverbs 19:4 NLT I enjoy watching those shows where they are searching for lost or sunken treasures. There are many movies and reality programs with the theme of finding something rare or valuable. They go through enormous expense and effort to find some valuable treasures.  Occasionally, especially on […]

Consequences of Foolishness

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” Proverbs 19:3 NLT We live in a culture that wants to shift blame. The headlines tell us about foolish, sinful, or evil behavior followed by an explanation or rationale behind the action. It seems like personal responsibility is being replaced with […]

Nurturing a Joyful Heart

Nurturing a Joyful Heart “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 ESV There are a few unique moments in our lives when we can experience joy and sadness at the same time. I think of those transitionary moments of when a child goes to school for the […]

Truth and Justice

Truth and Justice “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.”  Proverbs 17:15 ESV When I was a boy invariably there were summer evenings that would include a game of “cops and robbers” in the neighborhood.  In those days in the early 70’s, to be […]