Resolving The Role Of Alcohol

Who has woe? Who has sorrow?Who has contentions? Who has complaining?Who has wounds without cause?Who has redness of eyes?Those who linger long over wine,Those who go to taste mixed wine.Do not look on the wine when it is red,When it sparkles in the cup,When it goes down smoothly;At the last

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In God We Trust

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer;And by night, but I have no rest.Yet You are holy,O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.In You our fathers trusted;They trusted and

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Pure Heart, Clean Hands

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;He turns it wherever He wishes.Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,But the Lord weighs the hearts.To do righteousness and justiceIs desired by the Lord more than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:1-4 Solomon makes three wise

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I Fought The Law

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and

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Thinking Of Others

How blessed is he who considers the helpless;The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.The Lord will protect him and keep him alive,And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed;In his illness,

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Champagne Pay Day!

The rich man’s wealth is his fortress,The ruin of the poor is their poverty.The wages of the righteous is life,The income of the wicked, punishment. Proverbs 10:15-16 Giving our lives to God is the only safe investment… and it pays eternal dividends. In a beautiful set of couplets, wise

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Can I Get A Witness?

So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come

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Resolutions Worth Making

The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him: What, O my son?And what, O son of my womb?And what, O son of my vows?Do not give your strength to women,Or your ways to that which destroys kings.It is not for kings, O Lemuel,It is not for kings to drink wine,Or for rulers to

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Testing Our Knowledge

Surely I am more stupid than any man,And I do not have the understanding of a man.Neither have I learned wisdom,Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.Who has ascended into heaven and descended?Who has gathered the wind in His fists?Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?Who

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Why the Law then?

Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:25-26 The Apostle Paul

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Are We A Land Of Law & Order?

Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,But those who keep the law strive with them.Evil men do not understand justice,But those who seek the Lord understand all things.Better is the poor who walks in his integrityThan he who is crooked though he be rich.He who keeps the law is a discerning

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The Simplest Of Joys

So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by […]

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Reward

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;The judgments of

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Imagining Wealth Can Save You

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;The righteous runs into it and is safe.A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,And like a high wall in his own imagination.Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,But humility goes before honor. Proverbs 18:10-12 Only God can truly save from our

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The Best Laid Plans

The plans of the heart belong to man,But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1 Commit your works to the LordAnd your plans will be established. v. 3 The mind of man plans his way,But the Lord directs his steps. v. 9 There is a way which seems right to a man,But its end is the

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When God Hates

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven;His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,And the one who loves violence His soul hates.Upon the wicked He will rain snares;Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion

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Bear Much Fruit

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:5,8  NASB I am growing fruit from a dwarf orange […]

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Yutes!

Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”And call understanding your intimate friend;That they may keep you from an adulteress,From the foreigner who flatters with her words. Proverbs 7:4-5 In the movie “My Cousin Vinny”, Joe Pesci calls the two young men on trial- “Yutes”. Of

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Zeroing In On Christmas

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.

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Show Me Your Friends

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,Nor stand in the path of sinners,Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!But his delight is in the law of the Lord,And in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-3 Show me your friends, I will show your future! Many of the

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Simple Pleasures

Two things I asked of You,Do not refuse me before I die:Keep deception and lies far from me,Give me neither poverty nor riches;Feed me with the food that is my portion,That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”Or that I not be in want and steal,And profane the name of my God.

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The Search For Good Leaders

The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor,The wicked does not understand such concern.Scorners set a city aflame,But wise men turn away anger.When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.Men of bloodshed hate the

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Thanksgiving

Blessed be the Lord,Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.The Lord is my strength and my shield;My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;Therefore my heart exults,And with my song I shall thank Him.The Lord is their strength,And He is a saving defense to His anointed.Save Your people

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Wait For It

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.Wait for the Lord;Be strong and let your heart take courage;Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 What I believe about God has a profound affect on my resiliency. Because I believe

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Dealing With Fools

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,So honor is not fitting for a fool.Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,So a curse without cause does not alight.A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,And a rod for the back of fools.Do not answer a fool according

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Nothing Too Small Or Too Big

O Lord, in Your strength the king will be glad,And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire,And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.For You meet him with the blessings of good things;You set a crown of fine gold on his head.He asked

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Understanding, Loyalty, and Integrity

A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,But a man of understanding draws it out.Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,But who can find a trustworthy man?A righteous man who walks in his integrity—How blessed are his sons after him. Proverbs 20:5-7 Wise king Solomon observed the world and

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Worth More Than Gold

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;The judgments of

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Able To Leap Tall Buildings

With the kind You show Yourself kind;With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;With the pure You show Yourself pure,And with the crooked You show Yourself astute. For You save an afflicted people,But haughty eyes You abase.For You light my lamp;The Lord my God illumines my darkness. For by

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The Next Life

Arise, O Lord, confront him, bring him low;Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword,From men with Your hand, O Lord,From men of the world, whose portion is in this life,And whose belly You fill with Your treasure;They are satisfied with children,And leave their abundance to their

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Let’s Strive For Righteousness

Righteousness exalts a nation,But sin is a disgrace to any people.The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely,But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully. Proverbs 14:34-35 In his comparison of evil and good, Solomon concludes that when the overall expression in a country is

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It’s Time To Speak The Truth In Love

Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases to be,For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.They speak falsehood to one another;With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,The tongue that speaks great things;Who have said, “With our

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Not A Zero Sum Game

There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want.The generous man will be prosperous,And he who waters will himself be watered.He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,But blessing will be on

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God Thinks Highly Of You

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;What is man that You take thought of him,And the son of man that You care for him?Yet You have made him a little lower than God,And You crown him with glory and

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What Did I Do To Deserve This?

O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice in my hands,If I have rewarded evil to my friend,Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;And let him trample my life down to the groundAnd lay my glory in the dust.  Selah. 

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Rejoice With The Wife Of Your Youth

Drink water from your own cistern and  fresh water from your own well.Should your springs be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets?Let them be yours alone and not for strangers with you.Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth.As a loving hind and a

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The Sad Truth About Ignorance

But the path of the just is like the shining sun,That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.The way of the wicked is like darkness;They do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19 In his beautiful admonition to ‘get wisdom’, Solomon comments on what his father David

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Did God Forget Me?

Blessed be the Lord,For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”;Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplicationsWhen I cried out to You. Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!For the Lord preserves the faithful,And

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Looking And Listening

Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,Give unto the Lord glory and strength.Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:1-2 Something very positive happens to me when I get the ‘Creator – Creature’ relationship right. When

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Understanding All Things

Evil men do not understand justice,But those who seek the Lord understand all things.Better is the poor who walks in his integrityThan he who is crooked though he be rich.He who keeps the law is a discerning son,But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.Proverbs 28:5-7 The

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Sound Doctrine Matters

For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with

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Pour Yourself Out

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me

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Truth + Myth = A Bad Mixture

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all

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Persecution Will Come

Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from

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Dealing With The Opposition

The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the

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Soldier, Athlete, Farmer

Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes

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Teach or Perish!

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given

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Postscript

Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.   Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for

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I Don’t Want To Gain The Whole World

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.  For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a

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Honor Widows Indeed

Honor widows who are widows indeed; but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God. Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left

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