Obedience…

I remember my father warning me quite frequently in my adolescent years of how a decision made in a split second can have consequences that would follow me the rest of my life. While there may have been a few life experiences that I missed out on due to heeding that warning, I am grateful for those words of wisdom. I suspect that mantra in my head may well be what kept me from taking risks that may have led to Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Characteristics…

A3432124-8146-4B02-8DF8-394B58672B75The classic list of the seven deadly sins include: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. While the number of vices is the same, it does not appear that these cardinal sins, as they are sometimes called, are closely related to the list of things God detests in today’s proverb. The seven things listed here are human tendencies that Solomon observed as negative characteristics within humanity which God finds Continue reading

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Deceit…

CCA6953C-D12D-4BF6-98F4-C2C54571D7A3I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like for a follower of Jesus who has been called to serve in the world of politics in our current political situation. I have nothing but the highest respect and honor for any who attempt it, and pray often that God will give them the strength, wisdom and discernment to be able to walk in truth and integrity as they serve their constituents and their country.
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Diligence…

30261FFA-28EA-4239-AF79-5654C98FFEC5One of the books that I enjoyed reading as a child was a book of Aesop’s fables. Each of these fictitious short stories had a moral at the end that conveys a valuable life lesson to the reader. I remember one of these fables was called “The Story of the Ant and the Grasshopper”. In the fable it described—depending on which version of the story you find—the interaction between an ant and a grasshopper. In the version I Continue reading

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Debt…

EC5F4013-E199-4BD1-A2D0-3F133E1F534BDave Ramsey offers some wise counsel on the subject of debt, which is consistent with the teaching of today’s proverb. Ramsey uses the illustration of the gazelle escaping from a hunter just as Solomon does in the proverb, though Ramsey makes it little more entertaining. He uses a wildlife video of a cheetah attempting to catch a gazelle, and then narrates the clip describing the gazelle as a college student being Continue reading

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Monogamy…

1A9ECCBB-0912-4D6A-BE1B-46F68C4C932DI am grateful to still be married to my first and only wife for nearly thirty five years now. There was a time when I was a child, when this sort of thing was quite common—perhaps even expected—at least in the circles that my family ran in. In those days, and in that culture, divorce and promiscuity were considered societal taboos, and where they existed they were often shamed into the desolate dark corners of society. Continue reading

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Immorality…

9BF2F2A6-2EAA-433C-A53C-36E962CD78F9I have not first hand experience with street drugs like meth or crack, the little evidence I have seen and read about regarding people who have been destroyed by it’s addictive and destructive power is sufficient to curb any curiosity within me. Sexual addiction has similar qualities. It would seem that like most addictions, the younger a person is when they become exposed to it the stronger the grip it has on Continue reading

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