Saying Three

Last week, before I started Saying Two I took a moment to ⏪Look Back and realized why my habit stacking* from Saying One didn’t work. I hired a trainer January, I doubt he reads this blog, but he said something. Stac pays attention and could tell just by watching that...

Saying Two

When I ⏪Look Back over the way I interacted with Saying One last week, I notice my attempt at habit stacking* didn’t work. It’s a great concept but, my meals are out of whack. I knew I'd gotten in a bad habit of eating on the go, and skipping meals. Trying to fix a...

Saying One

I’ve got a problem with daily devotions. This isn’t a critique, it’s my problem. I’m owning it. After 31 days of blogging I’m seeing the same problem, although focusing on a much smaller church has helped. Mine is a James 1:23 problem. James says (I’m starting in...

Proverbs 31

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter When I’ve read through Proverbs in the past, it’s been part of Fight Club. When Fight Club starts, I pick up on whatever the date is and since it’s a 10-12 week journey read through them about three times. Ending with 31 feels a bit...

Proverbs 30

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Before we’d eat, sometimes we’d say “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed, Amen.” Most of the time, we’d just flow. I guess you have to be when you are a pastor, but I was long before that. I’m also a...

Proverbs 29

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Yesterday’s Blog unpacked “wicked” and the fact that, at least in Hebrew, the root for this word is “evil.” All of this started by reflecting on Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee though no one pursues But the righteous are bold as a lion....

Proverbs 28

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter If books are where you go to find the truth, then why do we call the place that stores them a lie-brary? Many pseudo-phiosopical people have asked this question, but it only works in English. In Latin, where we got the word library...

Proverbs 27

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. (27:6) A lot of people talk about Jesus as the healer of wounds. There’s truth in that. It’s also true, but a lot less comfortable, that Jesus is the wound that heals....

Proverbs 26

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter As a youth director As a dog returns to its vomit,     so fools repeat their folly. got a great reaction from the Jr. High boys. They engaged, and told gross stories. Back then, the gross factor is where it ended. Then we got a dog. If...

Proverbs 25

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Legend has it that when asked how he carved such an amazing statue, Michelangelo replied, “It was easy, I just chipped away everything that isn’t David.” It’s funny how some Proverbs echo. At least the point does. About 2,200 years...

Proverbs 24

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Put your outdoor work in order     and get your fields ready;     after that, build your house. is all about an income stream. I didn’t get this at first, but that’s the point of Proverbs. Every other week a local bartender sits next to...

Proverbs 23

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Monastic orders have three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Another way to look at it is they answer “no” to three questions. The vows made more sense to me when I look at them that way. These are big questions and some people...

Proverbs 22

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter “Build your brand.” I was in communicator mode when I heard this. That makes sense, since I was at a writers conference after all. As a writter and a speaker, I am the brand. This made me uncomfortable; but A good name is more desirable...

Proverbs 21

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Five-over is a generally accepted practice. There’s a margin of error in every speedometer and a margin of error in ever clocking gun. So your safe driving 70 in a 65, at least thats how I justify speeding. Steve had hair past his...

Proverbs 20

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Propaganda’s a lanky rapper with long dreads. When I saw him, he was doing spoken word poetry. In his first piece he said, “I know sarcasm is the only time people tell the truth.” That level of depth won me as a lifelong fan. For the...

Proverbs 19

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter We actually crossed patches. He was driving a white Silverado I’d later find out was borrowed from a friend. My phone rang, he was on his. I didn’t recognize the number and didn’t pick up. As it turns out, it was him. I’ll call him...

Proverbs 18

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Everybody loves a good story. In Wired for Story Lisa Cron unpacks the neurology behind this. When we listen to a good story, our brain actually experiences the things the storyteller was talking about. Millennia before we began to...

Proverbs 17

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Steve Jobs gave the commencement address for Stanford University in 2005. In it he said, You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in...

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