Fri. April 2: Good Friday

April 2 Scroll down to read “A Man I’ve Been Looking For.” Proverbs 2:6   For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Simply said, all the wisdom of the created world lies in the Creator God.  According to the verse above, God gives this wisdom from his mouth. In other words, He speaks wisdom, knowledge, …

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April 1: Wisdom for April Fool’s Day

April 1 Proverbs 1:2-4   To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—  ESV translation   Solomon begins his collection of Proverbs with its purpose as stated in the verses above. Summed up, they speak of …

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March 31: Collecting Sayings

One of my hobbies is collecting rural sayings, quotes, and metaphors. “He’s as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.”   I’ve always heard that in my neck of the woods.   When I took the above photo in Honduras, I told the villagers the saying .  When it was interpeted, they all laughed.  They’d never heard it before. Last week …

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Mon. March 29: Kelton’s Paddle

Today’s Proverb: Proverbs 29:15   The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. It’s a fact that I strongly believe:  Children want discipline. God set it within the human heart that we desire limits.  We’ll fight those limits and stick our toe over the line to see if our parents mean what they say. …

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March 28: Thoughts on ‘working your land.’

Proverbs 28:19 He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. “T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.”    There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  If you think someone in Nigeria is, out of the goodness of their heart, going to …

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Sat. March 27

I’ll be at Hastings Books in Alexandria, LA today from 2-4 PM. If you’re in the area, drop by.  If not, pray that I’ll be a good witness as I greet old friends and meet new ones. Proverbs 27:17  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” For most of my adult life I’ve been part of a small …

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Friday, March 26

  We had a nice review of A Good Place in today’s Alexandria Town Talk.  Click here to read it. Tomorrow (March 27) from 2:00-4:00 PM I’ll be at Hastings Books in Alexandria signing copies of A Good Place and The Wayfaring Stranger. Come by if you can. Also send a message to your Cenla friends about this event.   …

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March 25: Proverbs 25:15 "A Gentle Tongue"

Proverbs 25:15    Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. Often, it takes time for something we desire to take place. That is where persistence pays off. Even the “powers that be” can be persuaded with consistent persistence. I once read where time and patience are two of the greatest forces not only …

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March 22- Proverbs 22:1

We continue looking at a chapter of Proverbs daily.  Today is March22, so it’s chapter 22. The first verse of this chapter is probably my favorite in the entire 31 chapters. “A good name is to be desired above great riches.” Being given a good name, i.e. being handed the legacy of respect by our parents and forbearers, is a …

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Fri. March 19@Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19:8   “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul.” It’s important to have a lifelong goal of learning.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s called “a learner’s lean.” An eagerness to be “a sponge.” Soaking up new knowledge. A willingness to listen. A hunger, even a thirst, to learn. Lord, keep teaching me. I wish to be a lifetime learner …

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Thur. March 18 Proverbs

We’re working through one proverb per day corresponding to the day of the month.  Today we’re in Proverbs 18. Proverbs 18:12   “Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.” I’ve never noticed it before, but this is the 4-H verse.  The proverbs mentions four words that are worth looking at. Heart-  it’s the inner part of …

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Wed. March 17 Proverbs 17

I climbed Croagh Patrick in March 2007 during a sleet storm.  St. Patrick is one of my heroes.  A foreigner who went to a pagan country and saw the entire nation come to Christ during his lifetime.  If you don’t know his story, read it. Here is one of my favorite passages in Proverbs 17: “The crucible for silver and …

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Tues. March 16 Proverbs 16:3

We’re continuing looking at favorite Proverbs from the corresponding day.  March 16 means Proverbs 16 One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Whatever work we do is worthy of our best. Our first step should be to commit that work to the Lord. Give it to Him. …

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Monday, March 15

Proverbs by the Day A good Bible reading plan includes the book of Proverbs. It contains thirty-one chapters loaded with common sense,  wisdom, and insightful sayings.  By reading a chapter per day you can finish it in a month.  Then turn around and do it again. I’ve done this for years and still find nuggets of gold in Proverbs. I’ll …

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