Tag: Proverbs

Christian Mindset, Basics, Education, Mindset

Growth and Biblical Wisdom

Everybody has a self-theory, some hypothesis or doctrine about what/who they are. Some of these theories are simple sentences like, “I’m an athlete.” Others are more fundamental, like, “I’m worthless.” According to Carol Dweck and Daniel Molden, our self-theories lead directly to our self-esteem maintenance/repair strategies after we fail at a task or to reach …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Spiritual Life

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil

Thou shalt not take up a false report: put not thy hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to wrest justice: neither shalt thou favor a poor man in his cause. (Exodus …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

From the outside in?

The pattern we typically set for people who wish to be more like Christ is this: Start from the inside out. It’s not unreasonable. Jesus says roughly that to the Pharisees: Matthew 23:25-26 ESV “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they …

Bible, Spiritual Life

Proverbs 31: A Biblical Interpretation Case Study

In an article at Relevant magazine, a competent and articulate writer named Lauren Oquist challenges readers of her article to stop obsessing over the Proverbs 31 woman. The point of this post is not to be critical of the author of the post quoted (though I will be critical of her post), the point is …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

On the sissyness of Christian advice.

Often, advice from successful Christian men and women boils down to platitudes that sound spiritual, but reflect neither wisdom nor what those very people did to become successful. Here are things I heard in sermons to college students when I was in college or that I heard when I asked for advice: Ask God for guidance. …

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Multiple Streams of Income and Proverbs

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the …

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Lean not on your own understanding?

Pro 3:1-5 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, (2) for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (3) Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. (4) …

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What does it mean to have a good eye?

Pro 22:9 Whoever has a good eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. Pro 28:22 He who hastens after wealth has an evil eye and does not know that poverty will come upon him. In the ancient world, particularly in the culture that influences the writers of the Bible, the eye …

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Proverbs 24:27

Pro 24:27 Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. I suppose you could shorten this Proverb to “put first things first.” Of course, to do that we’ve got to think things through. In the case of buying property in the ancient world, you’d want …

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The soul of the sluggard

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (Pro 13:4) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”(Exo 20:17) In …