Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 30 April 2020

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  1 Peter 1:20 (NIV). Have you ever considered what it would be like to live in a world without Christianity? Peter did.   He lived a large chunk of his life without knowing Jesus.   Judaism’s special bond as God’sContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 30 April 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 22 January 2020

But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:17-18. (EHV). Building on yesterday’s thoughts, we should be glad when one of us is poured out,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 22 January 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 17 December 2019

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29. (EHV). A scene from a particular movie has stuck with me since childhood.  It’s a scene from a movie called “A Man Called Horse” with Richard Harris starring as an Englishman who livedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 17 December 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 5 December 2019

I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20. (EHV). Everyone has a breaking point.  If you talk to military SERE instructors, they will tell you that one of theContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 5 December 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 25 November 2019

And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Philippians 1:14. (EHV). Here’s that why behind the what again.   In the previous verses, Paul said that his bad thing – being imprisoned, in chains, for the gospel –Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 25 November 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 8 August 2019

Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready to do any good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, to be gentle, and to display every courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:1-2 (EHV). Early on in church history, Paul and Peter clashed.   The former once called outContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 8 August 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 27 June 2019

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.  2 Timothy 4:22 (NIV). Here we are again, at another ending, at the end of another book.   If you’re a ten-year reader of this blog, thank you!   I hope it’s a blessing to you.   You’ll remember we’ve reached endings together of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, Mark,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 27 June 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 6 May 2019

Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.  2 Timothy 2:17-18 (NIV). My wife and I went to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky last week.   If you haven’t seen it, it’s aContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 6 May 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 20 March 2019

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.   2 Timothy 1:8 (NIV). Dear fellow believer, we’re going to suffer for this.   You and me, because we boldly say, “I believe in Jesus,” are going to suffer.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 20 March 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 12 February 2019

But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  1 Timothy 6:8 (NIV). That seems like a pretty low standard, doesn’t it, just being content with food and clothing?   Unless of course you’re homeless or don’t have a coat in the cold weather.    Or if you’re one of the 815 millionContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 12 February 2019”


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