Monthly Archives: August 2011

Vanity, vanity, all is vanity — Ecclesiastes 1-3

So, today we bravely dive off into the book of Ecclesiastes! It’s not a book for the satisfied-with-the-status-quo. It’s challenging, starts you thinking, wondering what you’ve been doing and why. It’s philosophical in places and jolting in places. It’s the … Continue reading

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Tested words — Proverbs 29-31

Well, we’ve almost read our way all the way through Proverbs; today features the last three chapters of the book. Today’s chapters include some wisdom from a certain “…Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, … Continue reading

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Courtly Proverbs— Proverbs 25-27

Today’s reading begins in Proverbs 25, which begins what is sometimes called the courtly proverbs. They are proverbs of the inspired Solomon that were added to the original book by scribes of Hezekiah’s time: “These also are proverbs of Solomon … Continue reading

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Who has woe? Who has sorrow? — Proverbs 22-24

Many of you who live in New England and the northeast corridor are either enduring hurricane Irene or cleaning up after her. I pray you all suffered little or no loss. Getting down to the text, however… “Train up a … Continue reading

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There is no counsel against the LORD — Proverbs 19-21

Those of us on the east coast are bracing for what the weather forecasters are calling a fairly substantial storm, Irene. Here’s hoping that the damage will be minimal; and that if you’re on the east coast, that you and … Continue reading

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Proverbs 16-18

Being an unusually busy day, I thought I’d point out a few proverbs that really grabbed my attention and offer some briefer than usual comments on each one. “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, … Continue reading

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Tearing down your own house — Proverbs 13-15

The proverbs of the Bible were intended not only as principles to guide everyday living, but were used also like proverbs are used today in English, to explain various situations in life. As you read through these proverbs today, think … Continue reading

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