Monthly Blog Archives: April 2017

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Friends

My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. Job 16:20-21 How many gifts do we give family and friends that end up on eBay or stored in the attic or garage? The old expression, “It’s the thought that counts,” applies here. We have good intentions when giving gifts, and some of us are better than others at hitting the mark. The biggest mistake I ever made in selecting a gift happened years ago in St. Petersburg, Florida when I gave my […]

Welcome to the Good Old Days

Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, when my path was drenched with cream and the rock poured out for me streams of olive oil. Job 29:4-6 In the April 27 devotional, Friends Helping Friends, I talked about Job’s three visitors who had come to sympathize and encourage him. They failed. Did nothing more than upset him by insisting he must have sinned to bring God’s wrath upon him. As part of his defense, Job referred to the […]

A Teachable Spirit

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20 One of the greatest qualities we can have is a willingness to listen to advice. Not just any advice, but wise counsel. A teachable spirit is neither stubborn nor gullible. While stubborn refuses to listen, gullible falls for anything. And a teachable spirit doesn’t hear only what it wants to hear. These days, there’s a great political divide among Americans. Just about a 50-50 split. The debate is fueled by an overabundance of opinions and salacious news headlines that tickle our ears […]

Friends Helping Friends

When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. Job 2:11 You know about Job. He’s long been a model for patience amidst extreme suffering. To gain meaning from our focus text, let’s review what has happened to this prosperous farmer. Marauders and lightning killed his livestock. A powerful dessert wind blew down his house resulting in the deaths of his children. Satan has afflicted him […]

How to Love Bad Company

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 During February, in The Forever Notebook, I devoted considerable attention to the subject of love. God wants us to love everybody, even our enemies. But…as we are taught in today’s focus passage, in the process of loving everybody, some of them need to be kept at a distance. My wife grew up on a farm where they grew apples. She gave me insight on the old expression about “one bad apple.” Her grandfather kept his apples in underground bins. At least once per month he inspected the stored crop for […]

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