Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 3 August 2020

But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  1 Peter 4:13 (NIV). Remember your Romans 5 here.   If you’ll recall, in Romans 5, Paul tells that “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. AndContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 3 August 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 2 June 2020

Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 1 Peter 2:18 (NIV). Here’s another bitter pill to swallow.  Don’t just submit to the government:   like it.   More than that, if you’re enslaved, submit fully.   Pray for your slaveContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Peter, 2 June 2020”

Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 16 July 2019

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.  Titus 1:10 (NIV). History matters.   It’s pretty difficult to understand how Jesus fulfills everything about the Old Testament without understanding the history of the Old Testament and why things were the way they were.   And it’s pretty toughContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Titus, 16 July 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 31 January 2019

All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered.  1 Timothy 6:1 (NIV). Slavery was officially outlawed in the United States on Dec 6, 1865 when Georgia ratified the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.  That amendment wasContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 31 January 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 16 January 2019

The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.  1 Timothy 5:4-5 (NIV). In our world, even one slip-up can be devastating.   It only takesContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Timothy, 16 January 2019”

Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 12 July 2018

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV). Confession time (again):   yesterday I ended by saying “don’t beContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 2 Thessalonians, 12 July 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 28 June 2018

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  1 Thessalonians 5:28 (NIV). What a great way to end a letter!   Read it again:   it’s the perfect way to end a letter to several dozen of your close friends. Or several billion. Or to begin your day. Or to bless your dinner. Or toContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 28 June 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 29 January 2018

We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.  1 Thessalonians 2:2. Something else needs to be said before we move on.  To paraphrase Ecclesiastes, without God, everything is meaningless butContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from 1 Thessalonians, 29 January 2018”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 4 January 2017

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.  Hebrews 6, verse 10. Dovetailing off yesterday’s talk comes today’s verse that confirms how God has a long memory.  As you’ll remember, the gist of yesterday’s talkContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 4 January 2017”

Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 12 December 2016

Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.  Hebrews 5, verse 8. Suffering teaches you obedience.  When you lose your job, you immediately look for ways to both gain new employment and reduce expenses until you do.   When you are in physical pain, you surrender your abilities to do certain thingsContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 12 December 2016”


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