Oct 12 2009

Satisfied with good

Proverbs 12 (NKJ)

1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
      2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
      But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
       3 A man is not established by wickedness,
      But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
       4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
      But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
       5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
      But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
       6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”
      But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
       7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
      But the house of the righteous will stand.
       8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,
      But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
       9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,
      Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
       10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
      But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
       11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
      But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
       12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
      But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
       13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
      But the righteous will come through trouble.
       14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
      And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
       15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
      But he who heeds counsel is wise.
       16 A fool’s wrath is known at once,
      But a prudent man covers shame.
       17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness,
      But a false witness, deceit.
       18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
      But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
       19 The truthful lip shall be established forever,
      But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
       20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
      But counselors of peace have joy.
       21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous,
      But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
       22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
      But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
       23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
      But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
       24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
      But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
       25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
      But a good word makes it glad.
       26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
      For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
       27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
      But diligence is man’s precious possession.
       28 In the way of righteousness is life,
      And in its pathway there is no death.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oct 11 2009

His Delight

The K-LOVE Morning Show team is reading through the book of Proverbs this month.  If you're just finding this out, start today.  October 11's proverb is full of wisdom for today...

Proverbs 11 (New King James)

 1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD,
      But a just weight is His delight.
       2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
      But with the humble is wisdom.
       3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,
      But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
       4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
      But righteousness delivers from death.
       5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright,
      But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
       6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,
      But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.
       7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish,
      And the hope of the unjust perishes.
       8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,
      And it comes to the wicked instead.
       9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor,
      But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
       10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices;
      And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
       11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
      But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
       12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor,
      But a man of understanding holds his peace.
       13 A talebearer reveals secrets,
      But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.
       14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
      But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
       15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer,
      But one who hates being surety is secure.
       16 A gracious woman retains honor,
      But ruthless men retain riches.
       17 The merciful man does good for his own soul,
      But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
       18 The wicked man does deceptive work,
      But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
       19 As righteousness leads to life,
      So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
       20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
       21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
      But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
       22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
      So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
       23 The desire of the righteous is only good,
      But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
       24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
      And there is one who withholds more than is right,
      But it leads to poverty.
       25 The generous soul will be made rich,
      And he who waters will also be watered himself.
       26 The people will curse him who withholds grain,
      But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
       27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor,
      But trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
       28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,
      But the righteous will flourish like foliage.
       29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
      And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
       30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
      And he who wins souls is wise.
       31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth,
      How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oct 10 2009

Love covers all sins

Thanks for reading through Proverbs with us!!  This morning, even though I (thankfully) slept much later than normal, the house was still very quiet when I got up.  I found my favorite Bible and curled up in a chair with Proverbs 10.  Because this New King James Bible has been my friend for many years, it has highlights, underlines, stars and circles around certain verses.  It reminded me of different times in my life when I was studying and growing and the verses were jumping off the page at me.  As much as I appreciate the convienience of reading the Bible on-line, there is something wonderful about paper and the ability to hold it and read and re-read and re-read the powerful little black words on the page.

This morning, verses 12, 19, and 29 jumped out at me and I read them over and over.  Feel free to leave comments for us about what Proverbs 10 says to you.  Hopefully you can read all the way to Proverbs 31 with us by October 31.  Feel free to check back here each day, or maybe you can find a favorite old Bible to read again.  blessings, Lisa 

Proverbs 10 (New King James)

1 The proverbs of Solomon:

      A wise son makes a glad father,
      But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
       2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,
      But righteousness delivers from death.
       3 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
      But He casts away the desire of the wicked.
       4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
      But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
       5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
      He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
       6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
      But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
       7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,
      But the name of the wicked will rot.
       8 The wise in heart will receive commands,
      But a prating fool will fall.
       9 He who walks with integrity walks securely,
      But he who perverts his ways will become known.
       10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,
      But a prating fool will fall.
       11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
      But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
       12 Hatred stirs up strife,
      But love covers all sins.
       13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
      But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
       14 Wise people store up knowledge,
      But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
       15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
      The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
       16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,
      The wages of the wicked to sin.
       17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,
      But he who refuses correction goes astray.
       18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
      And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
       19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
      But he who restrains his lips is wise.
       20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
      The heart of the wicked is worth little.
       21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
      But fools die for lack of wisdom.
       22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
      And He adds no sorrow with it.
       23 To do evil is like sport to a fool,
      But a man of understanding has wisdom.
       24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him,
      And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
       25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,
      But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
       26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
      So is the lazy man to those who send him.
       27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days,
      But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
       28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
      But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
       29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright,
      But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
       30 The righteous will never be removed,
      But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
       31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
      But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
       32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
      But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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Oct 09 2009

The Adoption Song

K-LOVE listeners Ryan and Lisa Case are one of 4 families that won Mark Schultz!  K-LOVE's Home Delivery brought a personal Mark Schultz concert to their home.  Well, more specifically...their garage:)  So you could share the experience, they created a blog of the evening (with some great pictures).  Here's a letter we got from Lisa Case:  

"We can't thank you enough for this amazing week.  We have talked to so many people about Jesus and so many doors have been opened because of this opportunity.  My husband and I quickly put a blog together today to try to recap this week's events and last nights wonderful concert.  With 100 people on my driveway, we thought this might be a great tool for others to begin to share their experiences from the evening.  It is hard to visualize a concert out of a garage, especially with Mark Schultz, but I think the pictures on the right side of the blog bring it to life.  Just go to MarkSchultzHomeDelivery.blogspot.com. 

If you would share this with Mark and Ruth Anne White from Word, we would so appreciate it.  We just want them to know how their time and talents are continuing to change lives.

Jennifer and Julie, thank you for all of your support last night.  It was truly an added blessing to have you there.  So many of my friends have found K-Love and are beginning to understand what a fabulous ministry it is.  We thought that there would be laughs when you saw the Muppets picture embedded! 

Lisa Williams, thank you for your continuous prayers.  It was God's guest list and as I watched people in my drive way sing "One Life, One Love, One Way Home" I was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit."

One of the reasons this night was so amazing was because of Lisa Case's story of adoption.  Here's an email we got from K-LOVE's Julie Gabrisch that tells more...

"Lisa and Ryan Chase prepared their lovely home for a driveway concert. The evening was a beautiful, cool Colorado, autumn night and we had concerns that it might be just too cold for a concert outside, but Lisa and Ryan had gone out of their way to create a great backdrop for Mark to sing and Mark didn’t hesitate to rise up to the challenge. Mark was so engaging with the 75+ crowd that stood or sat in the large driveway. His songs were sung so wonderfully even though I am sure he was straining his voice for all to hear him. He teased Jennifer and I because we looked liked “the two old guys on the Muppet show who sat in the balcony making fun of the performers”, which caused us all to roar with laughter. As I am sure everyone who heard or read why Lisa won the contest, she had given her daughter up for adoption, which was an open adoption. Lisa’s beautiful 13 year old daughter Kellie was at the concert with her adopted parents-they sat in the front row. Mark graciously allowed Lisa to perform the song she wrote and composed for her daughter, while she was pregnant. It was beautiful and Lisa is quite talented. Mark then sang “Everything to me.” When he began singing, Kellie got up from her adopted mother’s lap and went and sat with Lisa. As I write this, I am getting tears in my eyes, there wasn’t a dry eye among those 75+ attendees. Even Mark was so moved that he briefly stopped playing. Mark commented a few times, “I will never forget this evening.” I know he was saying what everyone there was thinking. None of us will ever forget last night. I know that Chicago is in for another treat and that God will continue to bless Mark as he performs these intimate gatherings. Mark and Ruthanne, thank you so much for coming the Denver and showing us God’s love."

In case you've never heard of the song "Everything to Me" from Mark Schultz, here's the video with the full story...