by Latricia C. Bailey
“Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.”
Proverbs 10:12 (NLT)
Have you ever been angry or upset with someone and while trying to argue your point, they just got silent and stopped talking? There is a saying that silence is golden. Most people would agree without a doubt that hurt people usually hurt other people. Proverbs makes it clear that hatred is often to blame as the source of the pain inflicted. When we live our lives out of a hateful place, love is usually missing. Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
“Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning”
Proverbs 9:3-6 (MSG) (emphasis added)
The Word of God constantly and consistently reminds us that the fear of the Lord will lead us into understanding Him and our purpose in life. This fear is not one of being “scared”, but it is a reverent and holy fear of an awesome and righteous God. It is only through living a life of worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome that you will start to understand wisdom in order to gain spiritual insight into life. This wisdom is called Lady Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Proverbs 8:7 (NJKV)
“Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?” This is the oath a witness takes before testifying in court. The court needs to hear the truth so it can come to a fair resolution of the issue at hand. Sometimes the witness tells the whole truth. Sometimes the witness tells the truth — as he or she sees it — and sometimes the witness lies. Very often, we have a problem with telling the truth. It has to fight through fear, doubt, anger, jealousy, unforgiveness, hidden agendas and embarrassment to make it to the light and sometimes it just doesn’t make it. Don’t you wish you could count on people to always be truthful? Continue reading
by Harriett V. Bennett
Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands. Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.
Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman, from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.
Proverbs 7: 1-5 (NLT)
I love old movies. I’m always checking the guide of one popular classic movie network to see what’s in the lineup for that day or week, especially now that I’ve freed up some time for viewing with my recent retirement. You can learn a lot from these mostly black and white — but — color flicks too. I am proudly aging myself here, but happy to do so to make my point on today’s challenge scripture.
On December 22.1967, a movie was released titled, The Graduate. Continue reading