Visionless in a Visual Age I have a thought or two about the whole Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict. But let me first say that I am glad that the calling of a pastor does not include the requirement of being a cultural commentator. I am too slow of thought to have something scriptural and meaningful say before social …

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Biblical Wisdom

The LORD Weighs the Heart | Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2 ESV As this verse states, self-justification comes all too easy. For example, I immediately condemn the driver who cuts me off, but whenever I cut someone off, then it is justified as being either an accident or …

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Keep Aloof from Strife | Proverbs 20:3

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling. Proverbs 20:3 ESV Although all of Proverbs applies to all ages of humanity, this verse feels particularly relevant today. With advent of the Internet and especially social media, it sometimes seems as though life has become one massive …

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To the Scorners | Proverbs 3:34

We begin our three-part study of pride and humility in Proverbs 3. As I noted last week, at the core of our three passages is the same verse that originates here in Proverbs 3:34 and is then cited by both James and Peter in the New Testament. Of course, this verse looks a bit different …

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On Pride & Humility

Pride should not be celebrated. Shocking, I know. Although I am purposely choosing to study pride and its opposing virtue, humility, during what has been dubbed “pride month,” my aim is not to launch a polemic assault on the LGBT movement. Of course, no one should be surprised to find those who gladly rebel against …

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The Fear of the LORD | Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 ESV This verse is the thesis of the entire book of Proverbs and a crucial key to understanding our relationship with God. But why is the statement that fearing God is the beginning of knowledge? It seems natural …

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Bold as a Lion | Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 Why do the wicked flee when no one pursues them? Their guilt keeps them from all peace. They are constantly on the run because they know that others have reason to pursue them. Or at least their own conscience …

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Him Who Sits on the Throne

The Wisdom of God to the only wise Godbe glory forevermorethrough Jesus Christ!Amen. Romans 16:27 ESV As the son of David, who was the man after God’s own heart, Solomon must have felt an even greater weight as being king over Israel. He was now the man whom God would hold responsible for leading His chosen people, His …

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Good Medicine | Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV We all know the feeling. When someone is steeped in joy, it radiates from them. It illuminates rooms with more than mere light. We are drawn to it like moths. But it also repels. Nocturnal creatures hide from …

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Hear & Be Wise | Proverbs 23:19

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Proverbs 23:19 ESV Hear. Listen. Pay attention. Focus. Only one thing matters. Everything else is secondary, at best. Why do you not draw near to listen? Why do you not set your mind on things above, where Christ is seated at the …

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