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Winter approaches.
Fear and dread
of cold and falling
have arrived already
icy mind monsters
which ensnare and paralyze.

Winter approaches
beauty anticipated
white blanket everywhere
sun diamond icicles

Winter approaches
with it’s fearful beauty
and the dread
of cold and falling

Winter approaches
Pity the one
unprepared for the cold
Pity the one
who falls down alone.


Thoughts from Proverbs for the week ending April 10, 2021

thoughts from Proverbs
thoughts from Proverbs
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The book of Proverbs is full of nuggets of wisdom. I have been reading a chapter corresponding to the date of the month, selecting a verse, or short passage, that stands out to me at the time and writing about it.

April 5

On the fifth, I read Proverbs 5. In this chapter King Solomon continues to advise his son. Perhaps this is his son Rehoboam who would succeed him as king. You can read about him in 1 Kings 11 and 2 Chronicles 10 and 11. Rehoboam made a policy decision early in his reign that resulted in the division of…


Three days, three verses

contemplations on Proverbs
contemplations on Proverbs
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Day one

Today is April 1, so I read the first chapter of Proverbs this morning. It seems an appropriate chapter for April Fools’ Day. Proverbs has many descriptions of the character of foolish persons. It also has stern warnings against foolish behavior.

Starting here in chapter one, and throughout the book, wisdom and foolishness are compared and contrasted. Verse seven is a decent summary of the theme of the book and is the verse I’m focused on today.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7, NASB)

Have you ever heard it…


Reflections on Proverbs 31:9

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This is the third entry in an ongoing series of reflections on the book of Proverbs. I usually read a chapter from Proverbs corresponding to the date of the month. When one specific verse stands out to me I will write about it. If I think my thoughts are worth sharing.

Today is the 31st. So I read Proverbs 31. This chapter is unlike much of the rest of Proverbs since it (like chapter 30) does not credit Solomon as Author. Some scholars believe that King Lemuel is a pen name for Solomon himself. …


Scripture Prompt

It can be a battle

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The men’s small group weekly zoom meeting I participate in is going through the book of Proverbs. Our pastor provides study sheets and we cover one chapter a week. Next week we’ll be looking at chapter four: it’s a nice coincidence that the Koinonia scripture prompt for this month is contained in that chapter.

Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life. (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)

When I was a boy, I was sometimes invited to spend Sunday afternoons with some close family friends. Both the mom and dad were active in the children’s ministry…

Gordon McFarland

I write to: avoid housework, challenge assumptions, make connections, clarify memories, glorify God.

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