Mocked

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” – Proverbs 20:1 “Wine in the Bible is basically grape juice.”  “Strong drink is worse than wine.” “The way it’s made makes the difference.”  “God told Israel to buy “strong drink”.  “Is it a Christian liberty?” “Does it mean to […]

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Wounded

“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” – Proverbs 18:14   In 1949 Joseph Campbell published a book titled, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. He posited that the most loved and enduring of myths from throughout history and around the world all shared the same, fundamental structure. […]

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Grey

“The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” – Proverbs 16:31 Almost every generation will find itself in conflict with the previous generation. This conflict may vary in intensity and the field of conflict may change, but it occurs again and again. It seems the greater the […]

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Broken

“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” – Proverbs 15:13   When we have joy in our heart it shows. We can see a person has joy by the look on their face, the sound of their voice, even in the way they walk. The joy of […]

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Integrity

“A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.  (2)  When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.  (3)  The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” – Proverbs 11:1-3   When I worked for Tesco I witnessed the company increase […]

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Wisdom

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10 The Book of Proverbs offers wisdom for every arena of life. Multiple times it impresses on the reader the importance of God’s wisdom, contrasting it with the foolishness of man.  It often states that […]

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Infinite

(4) He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. (5) Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. – Psalm 147 This Psalm has long been a favourite of mine. Verse 4 originally caught my attention because it shows the greatness of God and the smallness […]

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One Generation to Another

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. – Psalm 145:4 The Psalmist makes a connection between constant praise and the communication of God and His works. Because his praise would be constant, others would know about God and His unsearchable greatness. Under the Mosaic Law, God told Israel […]

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Overwhelmed

“Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” – Psalm143:4-5 When the psalmist found himself overwhelmed he turned to God. David at different times had been overwhelmed due to personal […]

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The Wounds of a Friend

“Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” – Psalms 141:5 True friends who will lovingly challenge us toward Christlikeness are few and far between. Yet, for […]

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