by Latricia C. Bailey
“These are the wise sayings that King Lemuel’s mother taught him:
I prayed for a son, and you are the son I gave birth to.
Don’t waste your strength on women.
Women destroy kings, so don’t waste yourself on them.”
Proverbs 31:1-3 (ERV)
A mother’s job can be both rewarding and challenging. King Lemuel’s mother’s role was certainly such. In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel tells of his mother’s wisdom and the careful advice she taught him to use while he served in his role as a king. Many scholars and commentators believe that King Lemuel, a king of Massa, was actually King Solomon, one of the wisest men in Biblical history. The name Lemuel when translated means “towards (lemo) God (el). Yet others believe Lemuel was actually King Hezekiah, or maybe an imaginary man. While no one really knows who he was and if he indeed was real or not, we do know Continue reading
by Tammy Phillips
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”
Proverbs 29:2 (NASB)
I have had some splendid supervisors and a few, not so much. My work life has included a major evangelical organization, small ministries, a Christian college and several temporary assignments in secular organizations.
The evangelical ministry I served with for many years had been using a singular workbook in all of their training sessions. Our department was tasked with expanding that resource. We looked at the programs the ministry was doing and decided we needed a series of workbooks. Our supervisor, who always made each of us feel like we could do anything, said we could get everything done in six months. Continue reading
by Harriett V. Bennett
“Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.”
Proverbs 28:11 (NLT)
I am sure that most of us have either played or have seen people play Blackjack, commonly called ‘21.’ Whether spectator or player, it can be an intense experience. For the handful of readers who have no knowledge of the game — very simply, it’s all about the numbers and who’s got the better strategy or bluff, or luck in this game of chance. There is a person, the dealer, who has in his possession the standard card deck of fifty-two playing cards (could be more than one deck depending on where you play), and then there are the players being dealt the cards. The objective is for players to get a hand total of 21 or closer, than the dealer, without going over 21. Under or right at 21, you could win; over 21, you’re busted.
At the start of the Blackjack game, the players, and the dealer get two cards each. The players’ cards are normally dealt face up, while the dealer has one face down (called the hole card), and one face up. The strategy comes in where the player decides if it’s in their best interest to get more cards from the dealer or hold with what they have anticipating that the dealer’s unexposed card will not trump or beat their hand. If both player and dealer have 21, both win. Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
“Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.”
Proverbs 27:8 (NKJV)
God purposely did not make any two people exactly the same. God made you in His image and likeness and gave you the skills and talents He wanted you to use to glorify Him. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you the way you are. He didn’t make any mistakes. You are a unique individual.
We live in a society where comparing one person to another is expected. However, God doesn’t want you to compare yourself with anyone else. When comparisons are made, one person always comes up lacking and, if you’re comparing yourself to someone else, you will usually find something lacking in yourself. Continue reading