Considering Proverbs 1:28-33

28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of theirContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:28-33”

For Christians in Despair

Do Christians feel depressed? Shouldn’t we be full of joy, which is a fruit of the Spirit? I am often in awe of my tendency to fall into depression, and I’m certain that I’m not the only one, especially these days. Sometimes it helps to know that other Christians struggle just as we do, soContinue reading “For Christians in Despair”

Drunken with Blood

The topic of violence has been on my mind for a few weeks. I wonder if violence is ever acceptable for Christians. Are there times when Christians should take up arms and fight for a just cause? It seems that Christians should defend those who are weaker than us or dependent on us. It seemsContinue reading “Drunken with Blood”

Considering Proverbs 1:24-27

24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destructionContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:24-27”

A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin

When we go against the will of God—when we sin—we are doing things that destroy ourselves and others. For a person to understand the effects of sin, we must come to terms with the reality of our sinful natures. It seems that our culture is full of declarations of positive self-image. We tell ourselves thatContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin”

Considering Proverbs 1:20-22

20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? The passages concerningContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:20-22”

Considering Proverbs 1:17-19

17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. Do those who plot the destructionContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:17-19”

Considering Proverbs 1:10-16

10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:10-16”

Considering Proverbs 1:8-9 (Revised)

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. Several things come to mind when I read this verse. First, what does this verse literally mean? I want to look at theContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:8-9 (Revised)”

Considering Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction. I think this verse goes with the prologue portion of Proverbs, but I want to look at this verse separately. The proverbs are wise sayings that provide lessons in wisdom that we can apply to our lives. The proverbsContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 1:7”