Proverbs 29

It's time for our weekly wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Today we are up to chapter 29 (from the Message Bible translation):  Vs.1. For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there'll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it'll be too late to help them. Do you take feedback … Continue reading Proverbs 29

Proverbs 22

Here is some more valuable wisdom from Proverbs 22 (from the Message Bible translation):  Vs.1. A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.  People can damage your reputation but that can't damage your character. That's your choice. Ultimately, our character, who we really are, shapes a lot of … Continue reading Proverbs 22

Proverbs 15

Here is some timeless and timely wisdom from Proverbs 15: Vs.4. Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim. Words have the power of life and death. Who can you help today through some encouraging or healing words? Vs.8. God can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. Prayer is simply … Continue reading Proverbs 15

The Great Bible Swindle (Australian Chrisitan Book of the Year)

A book that is not aimed at Christians has won the Australian Christian Book of the Year for 2014. The Great Bible Swindle is a book designed for Christians to give to “Uncle Fred”, a relative or friend who expresses curiosity about the Bible.   It leads the reader gently into an understanding of the wonder of the Bible. It was … Continue reading The Great Bible Swindle (Australian Chrisitan Book of the Year)

Proverbs 8

Here is some insight available for us today from Proverbs 8 (from the Message Bible translation):  Vs.1. Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? God is personified here as a woman calling out to young men and offering him wisdom and insight for life. In the busyness of the day and … Continue reading Proverbs 8

Next: Pastoral Succession that Works (by Warren Bird)

Warren Bird and William Vanderbloemen have written an excellent and much-needed book about leadership succession within the local church: Next - Pastoral Succession that Works. The book is based on over 200 case studies and 50 in-depth interviews with pastors and churches who have navigated the succession territory - either effectively or badly. There is … Continue reading Next: Pastoral Succession that Works (by Warren Bird)

Proverbs 1

Here is some terrific wisdom available for us today from Proverbs 1 (from the Message Bible translation): Vs.7. Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom. To fear God means to acknowledge … Continue reading Proverbs 1