PROVERB OF THE WEEK

July 16, 2017 (Proverbs 27:21)

“The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives” (Prov 27:21, NIV). There are relatively few experiences which are able to test the character of a man like the manner in which he receives praise from others. It’s a test that will quickly serve to demonstrate … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 (Proverbs 27:6)

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Prov 27:6). This proverb is worded somewhat differently in a translation other than  NKJV, but with the same basic meaning: “Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses” (NIV). The basic underlying message of the proverb … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 (Proverbs 27:1)

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov 27:1). Last week’s proverb is a doorway which applies to a great many aspects of a man’s life. One of these involves the planning of one’s future, even in a spiritual sense as relating to offering oneself as … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 (Proverbs 27:1)

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Prov 27:1). After forty years of medical practice as an oncologist, it would be futile to attempt to recall the number of times this proverb was witnessed. Many were the times when a given person’s plans were abruptly interrupted … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 (Proverbs 26:12)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Prov 26:12)  Continuing on the theme of the past two weeks, we find Jesus Christ making a very clear illustration bearing on this proverb in the latter part of the so-called Sermon on the Mount … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 (Proverbs 26:12)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prov 26:12). A common way people are wise in their own eyes is with boasting about what they intend to do in the future. Indeed, a parallel proverb is that which says, “Do not boast … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 (Proverbs 26:12)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prov 26:12). Continuing on last week’s theme, there is virtually no possibility of one being able to follow Jesus as a disciple when a person is confident in his own ideas and depends upon his self-sufficiency. … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 (Proverbs 26:12)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prov 26:12).  In the creation story recorded in the book of Genesis, we have an illustration that has applied continuously until the present times. Adam is shown two trees, one being the tree of life … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 (Proverbs 25:28)

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” (Prov 25:28). Let us continue on the theme of the past two weeks, namely that a person lacking self-control is like a city whose walls are broken down. A classic example of such a person is described in Proverbs … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 (Proverbs 25:28)

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls” (Prov 25:28). There are any number of ways in which a lack of self-control is manifested in the thinking or conduct of a person. Failure to acknowledge the potential for deceit within the heart is one of these. It … Continue reading