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Day 26 Proverbs Challenge: Ever Been A Fool?

by Tammy Phillips

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest you also be like him.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

He who sends a message by the hand of a fool,

off his own feet and drinks violence.

Like the legs of the lame that hang limp,

Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Like one who binds a stone in a sling, Is he who gives honor to a fool.

Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard,

Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

The great God who formed everything,

Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.

As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 26:4-11 (NKJV)

Proverb 26 makes several unflattering comments about fools, so I know being considered one is not good. According to Dictionary.com, one definition for fool is “a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.”

The Bible is full of foolish people. Adam and Eve, who listened to a serpent, were fools (Genesis 3). The man whose debt was forgiven, but who would not extend mercy when he ran into the person indebted to him, was a fool (Matthew 18:21-34). Judas, Continue reading

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Day 25 Proverbs Challenge: A Broken Foot

by Tammy Phillips

“Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble

is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.” (NLT)

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble

Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.” (NJKV)

Proverb 25:19

Missionaries, lay leaders and pastors from around the world came to a church for extensive leadership training. The church’s radio program had thousands of regular listeners.   As the result of their many weekly services, souls, by the hundreds, shouted that Jesus was their Savior and Lord. Financially independent, this church was glorifying God.

But then their leader, an internationally renowned Bible teacher and married father, refused to give up his girlfriend. The church leadership begged him to give her up, repent, receive correction and move forward. He ignored the requests and continued in his leadership role.

When the indiscretion became public, the consequences were quick and severe. Hundreds left the church, turned off the radio show and stayed away from church. Financial difficulties hit the church. But many people continued to follow the unfaithful pastor.   Continue reading

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Day 22 Proverbs Challenge: God Made Us All

by Tammy Phillips

“The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.”

Proverbs 22:2 (KJV)

The neighbors used to call it The Little White House because of its resemblance to the home of the U.S. President that was three miles down the street. The house was built in 1910 by a developer named Arthur Randle. His vision was to build mansions up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. World War One derailed his grand plans.

In 1996, the house was acquired by a ministry and the name was changed to The Southeast White House. A variety of activities were held in the house, one being the Wednesday reconciliation luncheon. The best china, silverware, glasses, napkins and tablecloths along with the tastiest food were presented in the dining room. The invitation to attend this luncheon was extended to everyone.

After the host welcomed the guests to the luncheon, icebreaker instructions were then given: State your name, where you were born and what you are doing now. Continue reading

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Day 20 Proverbs Challenge: Beware the Swirl

by Tammy Phillips

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Proverbs 20:19 (NJKV)

I was a sloppy, singing, swaying drunk. Our small theatre company had completed a whole season and we were celebrating. Rum and coke, I discovered, was quite a tasty drink. Water, milk, soda and Kool-Aid were my beverages of choice until one evening when rum was added to my Coca-Cola. Heaven showed up and took a seat in my glass.

Normally, I was a reserved young lady. Square and nerd were appropriate descriptions of me until I swallowed my R&C. Then, I sang and danced gleefully. The cast and crew were comfortable with my shy, quiet ways. They were not sure what to make of my sudden sprinting across the stage, loudly singing with Bill Wither’s record, Lovely Day.

After my initial introduction to R&C at our wrap party, I started to drink it at any party the theatre members hosted. Since I lived at home with younger sisters, there was no way I would purchase and bring liquor into the house.   But, I was more than happy to partake at anyone’s house or apartment.

Then it happened. Continue reading

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