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Word to the Wise: June 30

Scripture “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” - Proverbs 11:12 Reflection Have you heard of the so-called “Silent Generation,” of those children who grew up during the Great Depression? Both before and after them, the nation heard a lot of verbiage, much of it very harmful, but the Silent Generation chose a different path. Some combination of powerful economic deprivation, the fear of communism,... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 29

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” - Proverbs 18:24 Reflection How many friends do you have? Tricky question. Are we talking about close friends? Casual friends? Or something in between? I’ve read that people normally can’t really sustain more than five to seven strong friendships. Anything beyond that and substance becomes... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 28

Scripture “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” - Proverbs 17:17 Reflection It was June. Grades were in, and the school year was over. According to plan, Tom, J.K., Mike, and I embarked upon a Rocky Mountain getaway, only to roll our fifteen passenger van somewhere near the Colorado border. Dean (Tom) Tanner had planned this trip and had invited the three of us, all faculty, to join him for a few days of R & R at Blessing Ranch... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 25

by Zach Hubbard, Outreach Associate Scripture “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools poor out folly.” - Proverbs 15:2 Reflection I love my grandparents so much. For as long as I could remember, they have always wanted to be a part of my life and support me in everything that I do. I love spending time with my grandparents, not just for my grandmother's amazing cooking or my grandpa's hilarious stories about the good ol’... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 24

by Diane Rone, First Impressions Associate Scripture “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 Reflection Proverbs is always practical. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, tells us to reverse the order of our thoughts and plans and first commit our works to God. Then, we can trust our thoughts, and our plans will be established. This is totally different from what we usually think of, first committing our plans to the... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 23

by Tom Gilbert, Care Pastor Scripture “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”  – Proverbs 10:12 Reflection There is so much in this short Proverb! Sometimes when I want to get the most out of a passage like this, I look up the definitions of each of the major words.  In this instance, I looked up the definitions on Webster’s Online Dictionary.  Piecing the definitions together the scripture reads something like this: ... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 22

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture "Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” – Proverbs 14:31 Reflection Thank God, there come those rare moments in life when our faith in people, flawed as we are, is nevertheless powerfully, jarringly restored. Recently, I had just such a moment while reading Lauren Winner’s book, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis . In it, Dr. Winner, a... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 21

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” – Proverbs 31:29 Reflection While Proverbs 31, a chapter largely devoted to one incredible woman, is written from the husband’s perspective, in the wake of this Father’s Day I find myself wondering just what her dad might have said and felt about this woman. After all, she is a loving wife, shrewd businesswoman, providing mom, and... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 18

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.” – Proverbs 12:14 Reflection You know how I love Thoreau, Luke. He looked at... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 17

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” – Proverbs 14:26 Reflection I think you know how much family matters to me, Luke. But I want you... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 16

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.” – Proverbs 23:4 Reflection America lives with debt in staggering proportions. I remember when Pop used to pay about... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 15

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “ He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.” - Proverbs 18:22 Reflection Few things are as important as marrying well. In this, you are choosing your one true ... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 14

Note:  In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” – Proverbs 30:5 Reflection Luke, I once heard a prominent preacher say that, given a choice between Scripture and prayer during a hectic morning,... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 11

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.” - Proverbs 15:8 From Musings of a Prodigal Father: Prayer is life. Really.  Every word, every... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 10

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his.” - Proverbs 14:14 From Musings of a Prodigal Father Luke, I grew up in the Western Hemisphere and am a... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 9

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note:  In keeping with the father-to-son flow of the Book of Proverbs, the devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , which I wrote for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6 Reflection ... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 8

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Note: The devotions this week come from Musings of a Prodigal Father , written for my son Luke upon graduation from high school in the late 90s. Scripture “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” - Proverbs 21:21 From Musings of a Prodigal Father : I’ve discovered that nothing endears me to people more than genuine compassion, Luke. I’ve also found out that nothing... Read More

Word to the Wise: June 7

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor NOTE: In a departure from our usual devotional format, this week I am quoting selections from a graduation present I gave my son Luke back in 1998, entitled “Musings of a Prodigal Father.” In it, I wrote about things I wished I had said to him and to our daughter, Charis, who graduated several years later, but may never have gotten to. I have done a bit of editing in view of the times and audience. My prayer is that these little... Read More

Best Summer Ever: June 4

by Neal Windham, Spiritual Formation Pastor Scripture “There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods…. An excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in ... Daniel.” Daniel 5:11-12 (NRSV) Reflection A little context, please! Babylonian king... Read More

Best Summer Ever: June 3

by Caleb Brown, Young Adults Pastor Scripture For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. – Romans 8:5 Reflection Imagine for a moment, your neighbor knocked on your door to say “hello,” and perhaps offer some cookies with a smile. You kindly accepted, and luckily so, because the cookies were delicious. However, the next time your... Read More