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 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
by Sharman J. Monroe
When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
Proverbs 2: 10-11 (NJKV)
What is wisdom? According to the dictionary, wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. Where does wisdom come from? Many say it comes from education and experience with a touch of gut feeling. But how much wisdom can we really have when we only possess finite information? We don’t know what will happen in the next hour and we don’t know all the consequences of our decisions. Continue reading
Timing is Important
by Tammy Phillips
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James 1:19
Lesbianism was not a national topic in the early 1980’s. Women were feminine and men were masculine; there was no celebration for the contrary. This was our reality when we walked into a women’s prison to present a Growing in Christ seminar. The chaplain and the instructor were seasoned; the rest of us were brand new. Incredulously, we watched the women walk into the gathering area; ninety women formed forty-five couples. Some of the women were more masculine than a stereotypical macho man. Our instructor was gracious; we reluctantly followed her lead.
The women were separated into small groups, facilitated by a volunteer. Each of us had at least four couples in our group. Irritation marked my face. At the first break, we descended on our passive instructor; “You’ve got to say something, do something about this.” Her response was, “We are guests in their house. Do what we came here to do.” This was the wrong answer, but we continued our small group facilitation after each of her lecture sessions. Several more times we begged her to address the situation; each time she Continue reading