1. The Good Ole Days?
    16 Feb, 2018
    The Good Ole Days?
    Say not, "Why were the former days better than these?" For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.  Ecclesiastes 7:10  With yet another school shooting in the news this week, the inevitable "The world is getting worse and worse" comments start to flow.   It seems most of us tend to pine for the "good ole days" when "things weren't as bad as they are today." But is it wise to do so? It seems the author of Ecclesiastes doesn't think so.  After all, he says that it is not from wisdom when we
  2. What is True Wisdom?
    18 Dec, 2017
    What is True Wisdom?
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  Proverbs 9:10 I was listening to some songs this morning while I was driving, and I was struck by some of the lyrics of these tunes.   And not in a good way, mind you. One of the lines I heard was, "Question everything." Really?  Question EVERYTHING?  What about myself?  Should I question myself?  What about your statement to question everything?  Should I question that too?   Seems like a
  3. Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    16 Oct, 2017
    Trusting God's Infinite Wisdom in Suffering
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?  Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.  Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?  On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God
  4. Dealing With Spin
    19 Jun, 2017
    Dealing With Spin
    The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.  Proverbs 18:17 I want to take a few minutes to talk about spin.   No, not that thing you do with people in a dim room with music blaring at the Y on a stationary bike.    I'm talking about how people present information with a particular point of view, bias, or slant. We usually think about spin when it comes to the news (think "liberal media" or "breitbart news"). But we all spin the facts on one level
  5. When Words are Many
    25 Oct, 2016
    When Words are Many
    When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19  It would be easy to ignore Proverbs 10:19.  It's just one verse.  It’s tucked away in a plethora of proverbs found in the Old Testament.  And who wants to limit what they want to say?  But it is part of Scripture.  It's not a good idea to ignore it.  And the proverb actually has parallels in the New Testament.  Think about, for example, what Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 (I tell you, on
  6. Got Wisdom?
    15 Mar, 2016
    Got Wisdom?
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 I want to be the first to admit that I need wisdom.   As a husband, there are times when I don't know how to love and care for my wife well. I need wisdom. As a father, there are times when I have no idea how to handle what's going on in my children's hearts.  I need wisdom. As a pastor, there are times when I look at what's going on in the lives of the congregation