Honor Follows Humility

Before a downfall, the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. – Proverbs 18:12 Most of us are familiar with the biblical proverb that warns, “pride goeth before destruction (KJV).” Here we see the “flip side” of that truth stated as, “humility comes before honor.” Both remind me of the old Mac Davis’ hit,Continue reading “Honor Follows Humility”

Getting Out the Gravel

Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. – Proverbs 20:17 As a trained accountant, I have been able to assist some churches, organizations, and networks by performing an informal review (audit) of their books and financial statements. During a much overdue review of one such entity,Continue reading “Getting Out the Gravel”

From Where is Wisdom Gained

Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds in the sky. Destruction and Death say, “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.” God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells, forContinue reading “From Where is Wisdom Gained”

Surviving the Slights

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. – Proverbs 22:1 Sometimes, as believers we find ourselves in situations that might require us to “crucify the flesh.” By this I mean put to death our earthly desires, expectations, and ambitions and act in a wayContinue reading “Surviving the Slights”

When Conflict Occurs

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no gossiper, quarreling quiets down. – Proverbs 26:20 Typically, as organizations go through crises (i.e., economic downturns, transitions related to growth, changes in leadership), there is a lot of chatter. Most of this is welcomed, important, and vital as everyone works toward helpfulContinue reading “When Conflict Occurs”