The Disciple And Freed Speech (2)

In light of this, we’re instructed to be discerning—to think before we speak. “The heart of the righteous man weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil” (15:28). Sometimes this means we will choose silence over speech. “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongues isContinue reading “The Disciple And Freed Speech (2)”

The Disciple And Freed Speech (1)

I remember a man, he was a WW II veteran, who liked to say that free speech wasn’t free—it came at the cost of the lives of the people who fought to preserve it. It was a healthy reminder of the difference between an entitlement and a legacy. What we have in freedom of speechContinue reading “The Disciple And Freed Speech (1)”

Overcoming Bad Choices And Their Consequences

1. All choices have consequences. I throw a rock into a pond and the water ripples. The ripples are the result of me choosing to throw the rock. 2. You cannot have choices without consequences—life doesn’t work that way. If I choose to throw a rock into the pond (unless it is winter and theContinue reading “Overcoming Bad Choices And Their Consequences”

Proverbs And Corporal Punishment

Five times in the book of Proverbs the writer encourages his readers to employ the rod in disciplining children (13:24, 22:15, 23:13, 23:14, 29:15). Though some contend that “rod” is used in a figurative rather than a literal sense, there’s no real evidence for that. Since a word is to be understood literally unless weContinue reading “Proverbs And Corporal Punishment”

Something We Should Value

The word discipline is used 16 x’s in the book of Proverbs. That’s more than in any other book of the Bible and accounts for about 25% of its total occurrences in the Scripture. Obviously then, Proverbs has some important things to say about discipline. Discipline is an important part of our human development—no oneContinue reading “Something We Should Value”

That Is Liberation!

Lightning is an example of electricity in a raw, uncontrolled form and we all understand the importance of respecting it or suffering the consequences. We also are mindful of electricity in its more controlled form—say an electric fence or a power line. However, thanks to the work of Ben Franklin and many others, we understandContinue reading “That Is Liberation!”

Overmatched

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart    and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him,    and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) This is one of those texts that is both comforting and if we’ll admit to it—challenging. The fact of the matter is disciples are all for trusting in the LordContinue reading “Overmatched”

Wisdom As A Tree Of Life

Wisdom is spoken of as a tree of life in Proverbs 3:18. What a picture! It takes us back to the beginning when the newly created Adam and Eve lived in the glorious garden of Eden. This was before the earth was cursed (Genesis 3:17-18; Romans 8:20-21), so it was unlike anything we have everContinue reading “Wisdom As A Tree Of Life”