Month: February 2019

Wisdom as a relative?

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Proverbs 7:

1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you.

2   Keep my commands and live,

And my law as the apple of your eye.

3   Bind them on your fingers;

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

4   Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”

And call understanding your nearest kin,

5   That they may keep you from the immoral woman,

From the seductress who flatters with her words.

You have to love the imagery Solomon uses to bring wisdom and understanding near to us. We are to say to wisdom, “you are my sister.” Within a family, some of the closest relationships are within the siblings. They grow up together, they are with each other for hours of their childhood, they share so many first experiences together, they fight and make up over and over thus deepening the bond between them. When we think of a sister we think of a very special person in our lives. This is the imagery behind Solomon’s call to think of wisdom as a sister. You want to call her, you ask her for advice, you miss her when she is not with you, her counsel stays with you, and you look forward to being with her again. Can you think of wisdom in these terms?

He then calls understanding “your nearest kin.” Closer than a sister, who is your nearest relative and just how close are you? Your nearest kin is a relative whose invitation to go or do anything with won’t be refused. Your nearest relative is one whose call you look forward to. Can you call “understanding” your nearest relative? Is “understanding” the first call you make and the appointment you won’t miss? To understand something is to know the outcome before you begin. Understanding keeps us from surprising mistakes and regrets. Let’s get close to “understanding.”

Verses 1-3 call us to treasure the father’s commands, keep the commands and live, to keep his law as the apple of our eye, to tie them around our fingers, and to write them on the tablets of our hearts. My friends, I fear that we do not give wisdom near enough attention in our day to day lives. I trust this Proverbs study is bringing all of this to the forefront of your thinking more and more. As we follow wisdom, we won’t follow nor will we be successfully enticed by the immoral people all around us. We need this instruction and these relatives.


Welcome to Friday morning. I’ve been working on my message for Sunday and will be back on 1 John 2 looking at our anointing and our abiding. For a good study, look at how John in his gospel records the word “abide” used by Jesus. Once you have looked at each reference then go to 1 John 2 to see how John uses the teaching of Jesus on “abiding.”

Be in prayer for Sunday as pastors all over are preparing their hearts and minds to proclaim the word of God.

Have a great day in the Lord,

The real dangers of immorality

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Proverbs 6:27–33
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom,
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals,
And his feet not be seared?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 People do not despise a thief
If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold;
He may have to give up all the substance of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding;
He who does so destroys his own soul.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get,
And his reproach will not be wiped away.

We know that sexual sin was a problem in Solomon’s day because of the amount of time he spent giving warnings against it. Today we have the same sexual desires plus we have the introduction of movies, TV, and web sites that portray all types of physical attraction, and sexual activities. I often remind myself in the middle of a movie that the plot of the movie is following a script and the people are not married to each other and have no intentions of being married to each other. Their sexual flirtations and screen acts are immoral.

Why do we need to be careful what we watch and read? Look again at verses 27-28 where an obvious question is asked. “Can you take fire in your lap and not burn your clothes?” “Can you walk on hot coals and not burn your feet?” I think that when we watch things that lead to sexual activity we are putting hot coals into our laps thinking that it won’t hurt us. While we may or may not be attracted to the real pornography, we live in a culture that regularly portrays immorality as a normal part of life. We must not ignore Solomon’s instructions thinking we will not get burned by all of the immorality that we witness.

Notice in verse 32 that the one who commits adultery lacks real understanding of their actions and ultimately sins against their own soul. Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. No doubt he observed the pain that his father endured by taking his mother away from her husband and then enduring the death of their first child, the rape of Tamar, the murder of Amnon, and the usurpation of the throne by Absalom. Solomon knew that David’s sin affected his very soul.

My friends, we must not take any form of immorality lightly. No one jumps into that pool and jumps out without getting wet. The pool of immorality, from a simple flirtation, to pornography, to fornication and adultery, scars those who swim in it. There is an effect on the soul that may not be realized at first but in the end burns with a fire that does not go out.

Though Bobbi and I can function here in English, we are aware of people around us to whom we cannot communicate the love of God. As I have mentioned, we started language lessons and have found them to be quite challenging. Bahasa Indonesian is not a difficult language to learn in that there are not the many helping verbs, being verbs, and other declensions that are used in other languages. Nonetheless, we are learning words that we have never heard before and trying to put them into sentence forms. Pray that some of this will stick soon so we can communicate the love of God to those around us every day.

Have a great day in the Lord,

Keep the Wisdom you receive

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Proverbs 6:20–23

20     My son, keep your father’s commandment,

and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

21     Bind them on your heart always;

tie them around your neck.

22     When you walk, they will lead you;

when you lie down, they will watch over you;

and when you awake, they will talk with you.

23     For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,

and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,


It is nearly impossible for me to read the Proverbs and not think of my father’s instructions. Becoming a student of the Proverbs as a teenager directed me to listen more carefully to the instructions, guidance, correction and even the commands of my father and mother. To this day, the words of my father and mother ring in my ears as continuing wisdom. Not all of you who read this had parents who instilled wisdom into you; however, your eternal Father has been giving you wisdom your whole life. The point of this passage is not where you get wisdom from but what you do with the wisdom you received.

To “bind them on your heart always” and to “tie them around your neck” indicates that you keep wisdom with you all the time. Like a valuable necklace that identifies you, wisdom is to be ever with, a part of who you really are.

As you keep wisdom close to your heart and a part of your being, when you walk through your life, this wisdom will lead you, and when you lie down to rest, this wisdom will watch over you. Furthermore, when you wake up, this wonderful wisdom will be a voice in your head giving you guidance for the day ahead. Many times in my life the words of my dad and mom as well as the words of mentors and of Solomon himself rang through the darkness and the clouds giving light to the way that I needed to travel.

Verse 23 lets us know that wisdom comes both from instruction and from correction. There are life lessons that cost us dearly and then keep us from making the same mistakes again. Let the instructions of wisdom, wherever they came from, be in your heart and around your neck giving you the guiding light that you need for today and for tonight.


Some of you have wondered if a different climate might make a difference for Jared and his seizures. Sadly, no, Jared’s seizures have not seen any let-up in Indonesia. He still endures them. We think he likes it here in that he goes places with us, walks malls with us, and went to the zoo as well. I took him to Burger King on Sunday night and he REALLY enjoyed getting fries, a burger, and drink with a lid and a straw. We did find a local neurologist who specializes in epilepsy. She has agreed to be our local doctor for Jared. We are thankful for this provision.


Have a great day in the Lord,


Does God Hate?

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Proverbs 6:16–19

16     There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

17     haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18     a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19     a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.


There are certain passages in the Bible that I am sure I learned before I could speak. This would be one of those passages. In John 3:16 we learn that God loves the people in this world. In today’s pluralistic society, which accepts everything but truth, God also has a message telling us the things He hates. Here they are in list form:

  1. haughty eyes,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked plans,
  5. feet that make haste to run to evil,
  6. a false witness who breathes out lies,
  7. one who sows discord among brothers – this one has a special hatred for this action is one that is an abomination to God.

When we know a friend does not like a certain thing, we tend to avoid that thing when around that friend. We know how to set things aside for certain people. Here, God calls us to set aside these actions that He hates.

As I ponder this list it becomes very aware to me that I am quite capable of all seven of these actions. Therefore, not doing them, because God does not want me to do them, becomes one of the important missions of my life. If we compare these to the commandments of God, we will find that loving God and loving others as ourselves will make us think twice about our words and actions.

Let me give you a modern example. Someone begins an argument with me and decides to continue this argument on Facebook or through texting or through email. I am already emotionally riled up and when I see their message my brain and my fingers go to work to tell them how I really feel about them and my words cut deep into their heart and life. If I take a moment to ponder these points that God hates, I will not send the message but will delete it, wait a day, and ask God to help me love that person with His love. In the end, I do not have the regret of damaging another person and dishonoring my God. Let us learn not only to love what God loves but also to hate that which He hates.


In God’s goodness and grace we had another wonderful day at Jakarta International Baptist Church. A man from the community, at whose restaurant I have often stopped, came to church with us. It was a joy to see him in the audience. A couple who came the week before and met me on Saturday, came back for the second time. A member’s cousin who came last week for the first time came back again. We are seeing the Lord work in hearts and are thankful for the fruit that He is bearing.


For lunch yesterday, nine JIBC people joined us for Bobbi’s spaghetti and green beans. Of course, the food was fantastic, yes, and the fellowship was just as good. Hearing how God brings men and women from all walks of life out of different countries and situations is the true joy of our time together. In His kindness, God is calling children and adults to Himself. Praise to Him.


Have a great day in the Lord,




Are we preparing ahead of time?

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Proverbs 6:6–11

    Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

    Without having any chief,

officer, or ruler,

    she prepares her bread in summer

and gathers her food in harvest.

    How long will you lie there, O sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?

10     A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

11     and poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.

This passage was often used by my father to get me out of bed and doing something productive. Funny how something can bring back so many memories. My dad, however, was right to teach us the need to get up and get going. To this day I do not lounge around very well, it always seems that there is something better to do. (Yes, I do enjoy a good show or movie when I can.) The lessons of my father taken from Proverbs 6 were deeply carved into our minds.

You have seen a line of ants before. Without a leader they all seem to be doing their job to bring food back to the colony. They prepare on the good days for the bad days that will come. Solomon uses this example from nature to teach us a valuable life lesson. When things are going well be sure to put aside for the days when things won’t be going so well. The obvious instruction here is to prepare food and finances for the unknown future. We don’t know how long our current position will last so we ought to be preparing something for the possibility of having less. A friend of mine once received a 40% cut in pay, was able to live on 40% less and was happy to have a job.

The people of the world, those without Christ, are often better managers of their money than we who know Christ. Perhaps if we were better managers and savers we would have more to live on when needed and more to give when burdened. I was once given $5,000 by a woman whom I never expected to have money. Her gift met a great need in the church and I was thankful that she had it to give.

Perhaps we could also consider the possibility of saving up relationships and building friendships when we have the opportunity to do so. The time will come when a friend would be a great benefit but if no investment into the friendship happened it might not be there in your time of need. When we were raising children we did not have much time for outside friendship. We all understood that but still tried to connect once or twice a year at least. Those we stayed in contact with are still our friends today. Those we did not stay in contact with might be Facebook friends but not ones that would come help if needed. Let’s consider taking time to invest in friendships as well.


Speaking of friendship, I am thankful the many friends who are praying for us today. Your prayers are being answered as God is shaping us to serve Him more and more in Jakarta. Please keep up those prayers for open hearts and strength to continue.

Last night we called two of the girls from GFL youth group. Jared had a rough day and he perked up seeing these girls that he knows and loves. Thanks girls for taking your time to spend with Jared and with us.

Once again, be in prayer for Sunday. I will be bringing a message, a bit more doctrinal this week, from 1 John 2:18-27. In this passage the Apostle John teaches us about the anointing we have from God and about the antichrists that don’t have the same anointing. I have found this to be a fascinating study and trust it will encourage your hearts as well. If you are out of country, you can look up Jakarta International Baptist Church and get the message Sunday afternoon here which is your Saturday midnight.

Have a great day in the Lord,


The Satisfaction we are supposed to enjoy in marriage

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Proverbs 5:15–20

15    Drink water from your own cistern,

And running water from your own well.

16    Should your fountains be dispersed abroad,

Streams of water in the streets?

17    Let them be only your own,

And not for strangers with you.

18    Let your fountain be blessed,

And rejoice with the wife of your youth.

19    As a loving deer and a graceful doe,

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times;

And always be enraptured with her love.

20    For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman,

And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

In beautiful poetic language, Solomon paints a picture of purity and faithfulness in marriage. I find it interesting that all people of all time understand this call to purity and faithfulness. Even those who do not practice purity and faithfulness see the value in it. For in this beautiful illustration we see a well that is enjoyed by one man and one woman together. The waters of this well are both pure and private, refreshing and personal; so is the call to purity and faithfulness in marriage. Do remember that marriage is by God’s design and that Solomon is reinforcing the wisdom of God’s design.


We have had many people in our home over the years and have shared everything we own with them, but Solomon’s call is to be sure not to share our sexuality with anyone else. And while God made the human body to be attractive, the call is for the husband to be attracted only to his wife’s body and to be both satisfied and “enraptured” with her love. (A better understanding of “enraptured” would be the word “intoxicated.”) For a husband and wife to be intoxicated by each other and fulfilled by drinking from the private love of one another is the ultimate protection from immorality. For when we are “satisfied” by each other in marriage outside temptations are far less interesting.


Then Solomon asks why we would be enraptured, intoxicated, by an immoral woman, one who has intentionally used her bodily beauty to seduce? Men and women, be warned here; there are those who have lived immoral lives and think nothing of enticing you away from your God given husband or wife. There is no fulfillment in the arms of a seductress! The only emotional, spiritual and physical satisfaction you will find is in the arms of you wife, in the arms of your husband, for life.


Today we are rejoicing with the Nielson family whose daughter Rachel was in such a bad car accident not too long ago. As we share lunch today with the Neilsons we will be thanking God for His grace and kindness in their lives and ours. In Psalm 23 we read about walking through the “valley of the shadow of death.” When these dark times come we struggle but when they pass we look back and see that the Lord, true to His word, was with us. Wherever you are today, you are not alone, your Lord and Savior is with you and is shining His light on your darkened path.


Have a great day in the Lord,


Immorality’s call; Morality’s answer

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Proverbs 5:1–6

1     My son, be attentive to my wisdom;

incline your ear to my understanding,

    that you may keep discretion,

and your lips may guard knowledge.

    For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,

and her speech is smoother than oil,

    but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,

sharp as a two-edged sword.

    Her feet go down to death;

her steps follow the path to Sheol;

    she does not ponder the path of life;

her ways wander, and she does not know it.


The evil man or the evil woman have left their upbringing, left their moral moorings, and spend their lives intentionally pulling other people down with them. These immoral people need to be called out for the shameful and awful people that they have become. In recent years, there has been a movement to stop powerful immoral men from targeting young impressionable women. This has been an important step in empowering moral women to stand up for themselves.

In this passage, Solomon writes about the immoral woman who spends her life seeking to destroy the men who will give her their attention. Men are accountable for their actions, no doubt. Before the days of internet pornography there were women who used their beauty to pull men into their immoral traps. Nowadays, the number of immoral women seeking to get men to spend money on them has multiplied. Solomon’s message must be heeded. He knew that the path of immorality led to death and to the grave. Unlike nearly every show or movie, immorality is not a beautiful beginning of a wonderful relationship, but immorality always brings pain, it is the nature of sin.

Ladies, what would happen if the beautiful moral women of our world stood up against the beautiful immoral women of our world? What if the women of righteousness determined to redefine every woman made in God’s image? Suppose every young girl who thinks that giving up her virginity was a normal passage of life knew that there were thousands of adult women who respected their morality and maintained their beauty for their husbands?

Solomon’s message is timeless but pretty much ignored today. Let’s stand up for morality, stand against immorality in all forms, and use our bodies, made in God’s image, for the purposes that He created them.


My first birthday in Indonesia cannot be topped! We had birthday cake in men’s Sunday school class, birthday doughnut and cake in church and another fruit topped birthday cake for lunch. I think there were four Happy Birthday songs and dozens of sincere well wishes. It was quite a day, to say the least. It seems that my son, Caleb, who was here a week before, put a bug into some people to have a little bit of extra fun with me. Thanks Caleb, they did just as you asked. Yes, it was fun.

As I am preaching through 1 John we came across 2:15-17 yesterday. The emphasis of this passage is quite negative, fearful, and difficult to live. When John states that if we love the world the love of the Father is not in us, we all cringe. It was a joy to emphasize the positive side of this passage, which is that we can live in the love of the Father. God wants us to enjoy Him so much that the loves of this world will fade behind us. Pray with me this week that we will become better lovers of God, filled with His love to us and thus be less and less pulled into this world.

 Have a great day in the Lord,


Family at JIBC 2-19

Guard your heart; who you are matters

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Proverbs 4:20–23

20           My son, give attention to my words;

Incline your ear to my sayings.

21           Do not let them depart from your eyes;

Keep them in the midst of your heart;

22           For they are life to those who find them,

And health to all their flesh.

23           Keep your heart with all diligence,

For out of it spring the issues of life.


During high school and college my practice was to read a chapter of Proverbs every day so that every month I would read through the whole book. If I missed a day I would read the chapter that corresponded to the day of the month. As I go back to the Proverbs I feel like I have returned to an old friend. The continual reminders to give attention to the words, to incline my ear to the sayings, to not let them depart from my eyes, and to keep them in them in the midst of my heart are blessed reminders to keep following Wisdom’s instruction.


Wisdom never grows old and never goes out of style. Politics change, cultures go from good to bad and from bad to worse but Wisdom never changes. Her call to treating people right, to thinking through our actions beforehand, and to fearing God first and foremost still make the most sense as a right way to live. Re-reading the Proverbs pushes the cultural smoke out of the way and reminds us that there is a right way and a wrong way and that the right way is the best way.


Verse 23 is one of the special diamonds of the Proverbs. It is a call to keep, to protect, to place a military guard around our hearts and to do so with all diligence. This brings to my mind an intentional strategy of protection. You have a lock on your front door, locks on your windows, and maybe even a security system of some sorts hooked up to alert you of intruders to your home. You may have guards that you hire or that your apartment hires for your protection. We like to be protected from potential harm. We should put this much intentional protection around our hearts.


From our hearts, the very core of who we are, come the most important issues of life. Stuff comes and goes, events come to pass and are gone, but the person we are comes from within us. The person others know us to be has to do with how we treat them, how we love them, and how we respect them. Watch over your heart, protect the core of who you are, that is what comes out.


Tomorrow is a big day, a really big day; I turn 60. Some may say that I am a young 60 but 60 sounds really old. I remember wanting to be 30; it may sound strange but as a pastor/preacher getting out of my 20’s was a good thing. Since then we spent years at Victory Homes, years in Aurora/Naperville, and now we are in Jakarta. This is a life that I could not have written a script for but am thankful for God’s continual leading. We have had our share of pains and trials, struggles with sin, the world, finances, family, friends, church, and health; through it all God has been faithful to His word to care for us, mature us, and keep us in His peace. I am thankful that Bobbi and I have been able to intersect with so many people and point them to the Savior. If we have the genes of our parents, we have another 25 years of service to go.


Have a great day in the Lord,




Stop, change directions, follow the Light

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Proverbs 4:14–19
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
Turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;
They do not know what makes them stumble.

The instruction of wisdom will always have a positive side and a negative side because wisdom has to do with the choices that we make throughout our lives. I was recently watching a show that asked the question whether or not a man’s life is determined by his worst action. This caused me to stop and to think about justice in the human realm. A man gets drunk, gets in his car and kills another human being. That action will change his life whether he goes to prison or not. Does that one action make that man a murderer and make him worthy of prison? I would say that when we forsake God’s wisdom we cannot predict the outcome and our lives can be quickly changed for the negative.
Solomon gives us stern and sharp warnings to stay away from those who reject God’s wisdom and walk in foolishness. “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.” We might just say, “Don’t go that way.” The warning indicates that we, like Eve, are susceptible to the pull of the way of sinners, and we are. But Wisdom calls us away from that path and tells that those who designed that evil path, though they make it fun, have destruction, wickedness, and violence on their minds. In other words, the path of evil fun is a dead end, a doomed path.
Then we are told about the beautiful and blessed alternative, called “the path of the just like the shining sun.” My friends, at the end of life, what do you want to remember? Do you want to remember the path of the fleshly fun filled with struggles, sin, and violent people or do you want to remember the path of light with those who treated you justly and kindly in the light of the Lord? Therefore, there are some paths of this world that we just need to get off, block off, and avoid. Instead we can then seek the paths of God’s justice and righteousness and peace. This the instruction of Wisdom.

One of the joys of Christian parenting is being able to enjoy your adult married children and their spouses. Caleb and Lindsey just spent nineteen days with us and we had a wonderful time. We did not go out every day though we did go out. We did not fill our schedules though we did more than usual. It was just nice to share life together. We are thanking the Lord for the hearts of our children to love the Savior and to reach people for His kingdom. Even while here, Caleb and Lindsey reached out in friendship to many people around us. Do keep them in your prayers as they return to teach, to love, and show the Savior through their lives.

Jared will miss his brother and sister. He got up early this morning to see them off. Jared does know his family and loves when they are around.
I am praying for your spiritual growth this week. Whatever you are doing or how ever busy you may be, I pray that you will seek the Lord, His face, and knowledge of Him through His word.

My thanks to all who worked so hard to make Sunday a special and Spirit-filled day in the Lord’ house. Church was such a blessing to so many. Thanks to all who served so willingly.
Have a great day in the Lord,

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Love your neighbor as yourself

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Proverbs 3:27–30

27    Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,

When it is in the power of your hand to do so.

28    Do not say to your neighbor,

“Go, and come back,

And tomorrow I will give it,

When you have it with you.

29    Do not devise evil against your neighbor,

For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.

30    Do not strive with a man without cause,

If he has done you no harm.


There are times when wisdom instruction is what we might call a “du moment.” We read it and think, “well of course this is true, why does this need to be said?” Jesus capsulized the entire OT Law in two sentences when He said that it can be fulfilled by loving God and loving others as ourselves. If we were to love God purely and love our neighbors with the same love that we love our own lives, we would never break any of God’s laws. In these proverbs we find some practical ways of taking care of our neighbors with the same care that we would like to be treated.

There are different ways to “withhold good” from others. Gratitude is one way of doing good to one another. When time and energy is taken by one person for the care of another the greatest kindness in return might be a simple “thank you.”  The writer reminds us not to withhold good.

Beyond gratitude, this also speaks to caring at levels beyond normal care. There have been people in my life who went beyond normal care to help me. I remember them all. When we see someone in need and we have the ability to help them through that need, we should. This is loving your neighbor as yourself.

When our neighbor has a need, we ought not make them wait if we are able to help them. Why put them off until tomorrow when they have a need today? How would we feel if we had a need today and someone put us off until tomorrow? Again, loving others as we love ourselves is the fulfillment of the Law.

Protecting those near us is another form of loving them. We do not devise evil against ourselves nor should we devise evil against a neighbor, one who is near to us. When others devise evil we should walk away and warn the one who is being devised against. Loving others as we love ourselves has some practical actions that Solomon clearly speaks to.

Of course, our nearest neighbors are our family members, those we work next to, and those we go to church with. Our physical neighbors are also worthy of our love and care. Let us seek to love all of our neighbors as we love ourselves.


As I write these devotionals now to audiences on two continents, I need to be more clear with my prayer requests. As I asked prayer for Edna yesterday I did not know that there was an Edna in Indonesia who is anticipating surgery. Edna in Illinois had her surgery yesterday. Thank you for your prayers for her.


Yesterday afternoon we took Caleb and Linsey to a zoo in Jakarta. We were amazed again at the wonderful variety of God’s creation. From the Komodo dragon, to the pelicans to a wide variety of monkeys and apes and more, the wonder of God’s creative genius is on beautiful display. And of course, since it is the tropics, the foliage is thick and green. We were able to get a chair for Jared to wheel him around and he especially enjoyed the gorilla and the monkeys. Jared is a big fan of Tarzan so they reminded him of Kerchack and Tarzan’s friends.


Have a great day in the Lord,


What life looks like when we practice God’s wisdom

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Proverbs 3:21–26

21    My son, let them not depart from your eyes—

Keep sound wisdom and discretion;

22    So they will be life to your soul

And grace to your neck.

23    Then you will walk safely in your way,

And your foot will not stumble.

24    When you lie down, you will not be afraid;

Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.

25    Do not be afraid of sudden terror,

Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;

26    For the Lord will be your confidence,

And will keep your foot from being caught.

When we read this we come to understand that our Lord and God, the giver of all wisdom, wants us to live life filled with grace, he wants us to live in safety while walking securely, He wants us to sleep well without fear, and He wants us to have confidence as we go through life. It sounds to me like our God, our Creator and Lord, has designed life and knows how to best guide us through it.

Before you get carried away or begin throwing all of your life’s problems at this passage, understand that the point being made here is that when we seek God’s wisdom, when His wisdom is precious to us and we walk in its light, life will make sense; it will not be easy but it we will be at peace in our souls knowing that we are following God and His wisdom. I have now lived long enough to know people who have loved God’s wisdom and those who have rejected God’s wisdom. My cousin died at 27 years of age from cancer. He did not have a long life, but following God’s wisdom he did not a life filled with regrets. His family has grieved his death for years, but they knew that he was a godly young man and rejoice in his short life. We have had health issues, financial issues, family struggles, and more just like anyone else, but each night we put our heads on our pillows and sleep in God’s wisdom. When trouble comes, we need not be afraid of it because the Lord is our confidence.

My friends, when I read passages like this one, I come away asking God to lead me in His wise path. By faith I want to follow the Lord and practice His wisdom in my life. We are not promised an easy and comfortable life but we are promised a life of peace within and security without. Put God’s wisdom to the test, you will never regret your decisions and will know His security in your life.


I am troubled today by the amount of evil that is being pushed upon us in this world. I am troubled when good men and women give in to the evil in the name of politics. The killing of children in the womb of their mothers is evil. Men having sexual relations with men and women with women is evil. Romans 1 tells us that all of this is against our created nature. Governments that are not responsible with the people’s money are doing evil. Nations that do not take care of their poor, giving them chances to better themselves, are doing evil. The Facebook police are filtering Christians who are standing against sinfulness. All of this troubles me because my heart from God knows good from evil. Let us pray more and more and speak openly of good and evil that we may point those around us to God’s love, grace, and life.

Join us in prayer for our sister, Edna, who had another surgery today.  I received notice that the surgery was successful and that she will remain in ICU overnight. Edna has suffered much in the past years as her body has given her trouble.  

Have a great day in the Lord,

Founded by wisdom, living by the same wisdom

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Proverbs 3:19–22

19    The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;

By understanding He established the heavens;

20    By His knowledge the depths were broken up,

And clouds drop down the dew.

21    My son, let them not depart from your eyes—

Keep sound wisdom and discretion;

22    So they will be life to your soul

And grace to your neck.


Look at two thoughts here today. The first thought the writer assumes the audience knows. So well known is the first thought that it is assumed we will get the connection between the first and the second thought.

The first thought is that the Lord founded the earth by wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Not only did God create the earth by wisdom but God established all of the cycles of the earth to enable it to function. This passage directly relates to the water cycle of evaporation and rain. If you are an evolutionist, how long did the earth fail to work until time and chance figured out the water cycle?   Solomon, the wisest guy who ever lived, gave God the credit for figuring this out and implementing it. I am a creationist. God created this earth in six literal days and had all of the earths’ seasons and processes ready to start within those six days. God, by wisdom, understanding, and knowledge created the earth and established its’ functions.

Secondly, because God used such great wisdom, understanding and knowledge we are not to let His wisdom depart from our eyes. We are to keep sound wisdom and discretion until they become life to our souls and grace to our necks. We might not be able to afford too many necklaces to adorn us, but God’s wisdom and discretion are ornamentation enough. When we know that God created the heavens and the earth, we will soon see the hand of God in all places that we go and in all that we do. This wonderful creative and sustaining wisdom will also be our guide and adornment.


Having been raised and lived in the U.S. I have never been wished a happy new year in February. But this morning I have awaken to many well wishers wishing me a Happy Chinese New Year. To all of my new friends, thank you for the well wishes. Caleb and I got up early and biked over to a pasar national or to an Indonesian market. It opens at 5AM and closes at 8AM. We got fruit I had never heard of, vegetables, fresh doughnuts, beef, chicken, and a spice mix that when mixed with rice was enough for a dinner for us all. It was quite fun and a great place to get fresh groceries. It was indeed a Happy New Year for us.

We have some sisters in the church here who are struggling with work contracts, payments, and thus personal finances. Pray with these women that they will see God caring for them and for their children.

Have a great day in the Lord,