Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 21 November 2019

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Philippians 1:12-13. (EHV). Have you ever had something bad happen to you that turnedContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Philippians, 21 November 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 29 March 2019

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus.   2 Timothy 1:13 (NIV). Sound teaching lasts a lifetime.   When you consider that we humans were made to live forever, sound teaching can therefore last forever.   The oldest of the Bible’s books are Job and those of the Pentateuch, eachContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Timothy, 29 March 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 14 February 2019

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV). This is a greatly mis-quoted verse.   Money itself isn’t the root of all kinds of evil; money is just a tool, even a blessing,Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 14 February 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 22 October 2018

And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. 1 Timothy 2:7 (NIV). Do you have a resume?   Do you keep yours up to date?   In the last few years, I’ve been out of work 3 times.   AndContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 22 October 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 21 September 2017

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.  HebrewsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 21 September 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 17 July 2017

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For in just a little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.”  Hebrews 10, verses 35-37. Persevering isContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 17 July 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 19 June 2017

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscationContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 19 June 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 16 May 2017

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10, verse 23. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that I recently started a new job.   My previous company laid me off in December.   Now, I’m 50 and have been working in one capacity or anotherContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 16 May 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 28 February 2017

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.  Hebrews 8, verse 3. Think about that first statement:   every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices.   I’ve never been part of a committee to hire aContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 28 February 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 21 February 2017

Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people.   He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.  Hebrews 7, verse 27. This is a comforting thought.   On days like yesterday, I’m overwhelmed.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 21 February 2017”


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