Back to basics – Fear the Lord

It has been a while since I’ve blogged on this site, so I’m going back to the beginning of Proverbs. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 What does it mean to fear the Lord? This is a difficult concept because God is love…

Sometimes you gotta get dirty

This might be one of the most amusing proverbs. Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. – Proverbs 14:4 Yup, the Bible just talked about poop.  In related news, I’ve spent the last 4 days with my 3 and 5 year old children, so potty humor might be sneaking its way into my otherwise totally…

Wisdom Starts With Humility

Growing up I had a problem with authority.  Not usually to the point of getting in a lot of trouble.  I just had a problem giving respect to people simply because they were older than me.  In some ways, I held my Dad as the standard bearer of respect and those that didn’t measure up…

The Tongue Is Also A Fire

Lying is bad.  This fundamental lesson is taught to us from adolescence.  We can deceive ourselves into thinking that we are merely telling “little white lies” for the other person’s good or that a lie is “no big deal.”  Yet God sees our heart and he knows. The Lord always knows the truth. So when…

Pride comes before the fall

I take pride in my work.  I’m proud to be an American.  I’m proud of my kids.  Pride in and of itself is not a bad thing.  Just like money is not bad by itself. The problem comes, when there’s too much pride.  Or perhaps it is simply misplaced pride.  Regardless, we’ve seen it all…

We’re Given 2 Ears and 1 Mouth For A Reason

Proverbs 10 has several verses concerning talking.  Here are a few. The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.  (v 8) The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. (v. 11) On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him…

I resolve to have less resolve and more faith

The whole concept of New Years Resolutions is at best silly and at worst dangerous.  I mean, it fits with the American bootstraps mentality that “if I work hard enough, I can do whatever I want.”  There’s a lot of “I’s” in that statement, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for God. I’m not…