Biblical conflict resolution is not about winning arguments, it's about winning hearts.
Brackish water is no good for drinking. A church with a brackish testimony is good for even less.
Proverbs 6 is one of those passages that illustrates how wonderfully practical this book is. The first part of the chapter deals with what to do when you find yourself caught up in bad debt. Solomon begins with a hypothetical situation: “My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy … Continue reading What Our Finances Say About Our Character
Even if we do not serve in the pastoral role, we all have a responsibility to shepherd those whom God brings into our lives.
The Lord wants us to take on nothing less than the whole world. Are we ready to do the unexpected? Are we prayed up?
In Bible times a name often represented your character: 1Samuel 25:25 “Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal [fool] is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, … Continue reading A Good Name can be a Life Saver
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer [turns] away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Here we have a scenario that speaks of tension and confrontation. Solomon is telling his son about how to deal with a wrathful person. Whether this person’s wrath is justified or not is not said, and it’s immaterial. The point is … Continue reading Defusing the Anger Bomb
Be faithful even when it’s tough Proverb 12:9 “He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.” This verse is better understood as “A poor person who provides for himself is better than someone who is proud and destitute.” You’ve probably met, or seen the proud … Continue reading How to get to be boss — Proverbs 12