Tag Archives: wisdom

Filled (Acts 6)

As I was reading this passage and thinking about Stephen and the other people chosen by the apostles, these words struck me: They were “full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” and “full of grace and power.” As I read … Continue reading

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A word to think on (2 Corinthians 1:12)

This verse struck me as I read this, and it’s one I’m trying to memorize. Let’s try to do this without looking. For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we have behaved in the world with … Continue reading

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James 3 — If you would be a teacher

As I look back on my life, I kind of marvel at how I have gotten to this point in my ministry. I just ask myself, “How did I get here?” It all started simply enough, I suppose. My brother … Continue reading

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Colossians 1:1-14 — A prayer for all believers

If you ever want to pray a prayer for a fellow Christian but are not sure how to do it, and you want to go beyond a simple, “bless so-and-so,” you don’t have to look any further than the prayers … Continue reading

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Romans 11:33-36 — A God who is beyond us

One of the things that amazes me is the people who think that if they were to argue with God, they could win. More than a few atheists, when posed with the question, “If God exists, what would you say … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:24-28 — Learning from the small and weak

It’s very easy for us to look down on people or things that appear small or weak.  But Agur was not one who would make that mistake.  He looked at four small creatures, and from them found wisdom. From the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 22 — A good name

How do others see you?  It’s an issue that Proverbs brings up more than once.  We saw this in chapter 10, and we see it again here.  Solomon writes, A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be … Continue reading

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Proverbs 14 — Think!

“Think!” I’m sure many of us have heard that sentence punctuate the end of a scolding when we were kids.  We do something stupid, and after railing at us for what we did, our parents tell us, “Think next time!” … Continue reading

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Proverbs 9 — Wisdom: A willingness to change

Some people mistake God’s love and acceptance of us with a license to sin.  They think, “God accepts me anyway, so why change?  Why not live the way I want?” But in this passage, we see that a wise person … Continue reading

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Proverbs 8 — Interpreting God’s word correctly

Sometimes people get into trouble as they interpret the Bible simply because they really don’t know how to interpret it correctly.  One of the big mistakes people make is when they bring two passages together that have no connection to … Continue reading

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Proverbs 3 — Love and faithfulness

Love and faithfulness.  Two things that are sorely lacking in this world.  It’s the reason why relationships, and particularly marriages fall apart in this world. Solomon writes in verses 3-4, Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:20-33 — When we reject wisdom

In this passage, we see the dangers of rejecting God’s wisdom and clinging to our own ways. As I look at this passage, it makes me think of Noah.  For 120 years before the flood came, he preached to the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:1-7 — Where wisdom begins

As we start through Proverbs, I must admit to a little uncertainty in how to present this book.  There are a broad variety of themes within Proverbs, even within the chapters themselves.  I briefly considered organizing this book by themes, … Continue reading

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Psalm 143 — Where we turn

Where do we turn when things are against us?  When people are against us?  It’s a question that David had to ask himself numerous times. He could have, as so many people do, turned to himself.  To his wisdom, to … Continue reading

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Psalm 119:97-144 — The way to understanding

All of us would like to grow in wisdom and understanding.  And in this passage, we see how we can do so. The psalmist writes, Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.  I … Continue reading

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Psalm 36:1-4 — The evil of mankind

As I write this, a major story in the American sports world is the arrest of an NFL star named Aaron Hernandez.  Hernandez is charged with murder. It seems quite unreal to me.  I am by no means a New … Continue reading

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Psalm 20 — The key to victory

It seems that David wrote this psalm on the eve of a battle.  And here, the people pray for God’s blessing on him as he and his army go out. May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; … Continue reading

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Psalm 14, 53 — When we reject God

Psalms 14 and 53 are nearly identical with a few changes here and there, so I’m grouping them together here. In these psalms, we see the results of people rejecting God in their lives.  Who say in their hearts, “There … Continue reading

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Job 15 — Pride in what you think you know

After more of Job’s moanings in chapter 14, Eliphaz speaks up again, and once again proclaims that only the wicked suffer. But what I find even more interesting is how he begins the chapter.  He says, Would a wise person … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 6 — Lies, discernment, and strength

With the walls near completion, the enemies of the Jews made one last attempt to stop the work. First, they tried to lure Nehemiah out of the city where they could ambush and kill him.  Four times they tried to … Continue reading

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