June 30, 2018

Take The Right Approach

‘A man of knowledge uses words with restraint.’ Proverbs 17:27 NIV It’s not enough to have the right answers; you need the right approach. Good ideas and sound advice are wasted when you use a ram-it-down-your-throat approach. Wisdom means saying the right thing, at the right time, in the right way. ‘A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.’ Your efforts at helping someone to change will fail, or worse, alienate them, unless you approach them in love and humility. Most people already know what their problem is. Chances are they’ve been grappling […]
June 29, 2018

Don’t Be A Sluggard (4)

‘I went by the field of the lazy man.’ Proverbs 24:30 NKJV It is better to be short-handed than to hire a sluggard; better to have nobody than a lazy body. Evidently, Solomon had suffered through a few sluggards on his payroll: ‘As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man.’ (Proverbs 10:26 NKJV) You know how irritating vinegar is when it’s taken straight, or how aggravating smoke is when it gets in your eyes! That’s how irritating a lazy person is to the one who hires him. Whatever he does will take twice […]
June 28, 2018

Don’t be a sluggard (3)

‘The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold.’ Proverbs 20:4 NKJV The sluggard sees an obstacle in every opportunity. Though he can’t hold down a job, there’s always a good excuse. The hours are too long, the pay is too little, the work is too hard, people are too demanding—take your pick. And don’t worry, if you don’t like any of those excuses the sluggard has plenty more. Have you heard the one about the lion? Solomon writes, ‘The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”’(Proverbs 22:13 NKJV) Thomas Edison, […]
June 27, 2018

Don’t Be A Sluggard (2)

‘How long will you slumber, O sluggard?’ Proverbs 6:9 NKJV The sluggard never does today what he can put off until tomorrow, and he never does tomorrow what he can put off forever. His favorite work day is—tomorrow. That’s why God asks, ‘How long will you slumber, O sluggard?’When someone is capable of working and jobs are available, you may be talking to a sluggard if you’re continually asking, ‘How long are you going to take off between jobs?’ Or, ‘When are you going to look for another job?’ The story’s told of a college student who was trying to […]
June 26, 2018

Don’t Be A Sluggard (1)

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard!’ Proverbs 6:6 NKJV What exactly is a sluggard? Robert Hicks says, ‘Feeling we’re entitled to things without being willing to do the necessary labor to obtain them makes us a society of sluggards.’ There’s one thing you’ll never convince the sluggard of: that he’s a sluggard. ‘The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.’ (Proverbs 26:16 NKJV) Even if seven wise men tell him he’s lazy, he will not admit it—no matter if he’s outnumbered seven to one. You can tell a sluggard, but you can’t […]
June 25, 2018

Are You Becoming More Gracious?

‘Grow in grace.’ 2 Peter 3:18 KJV Every day you live you’ll be presented with opportunities to ‘grow in grace’.And you must always be open and receptive to them. A grandmother celebrating her fiftieth wedding anniversary shared the secret of her long and happy relationship: ‘On my wedding day, I decided to make a list of ten of my husband’s faults, which for the sake of our marriage I would overlook. I never did get around to listing any. Each time he did something I didn’t like, I’d say to myself, “Lucky for him that’s one of the ten!”’ Now […]
June 24, 2018

Show Them God’s Love

‘Do you see this woman?’ Luke 7:44 NKJV Luke writes: ‘Behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a […]
June 23, 2018

Be Grateful For God’s Grace

 ‘To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given.’ Ephesians 3:8 NKJV One day the Pharisees caught a woman in the act of adultery. The law of Moses was clear; she must be stoned. And the Pharisees were ready to do it. This woman probably thought that Jesus, being righteous, would agree. She had no lawyer to defend her, not even a character witness! But suddenly Jesus stops and begins to write in the sand. Some scholars think that perhaps He wrote down their sins, including times and places. When He looks up, the […]