Happy 24th anniversary to my sweet wife, Valerie!
Here’s what I wrote for today’s “Proverbial Thought (and More).” It was a blessing to me as I studied for it.
When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth. – Proverbs 11:7 KJV
This is a fascinating verse to contemplate, so please take a moment to think about these words with me.
If you don’t already know, I love the King James Version of the Bible, but I am not a King James Only-ist by any stretch of the imagination. However, there are times when I wish modern translators could have left well enough alone.
For example, below are four different versions of Proverbs 11:7, each from a very popular translation.
NLT – When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength.
NIV – Hopes placed in mortals die with them; all the promise of their power comes to nothing.
ESV – When the wicked dies, his hope will perish, and the expectation…
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This was from 5 years ago. It’s from a blog I don’t use anymore. Both of these four-legged family members are gone, now. They were such a joy and will be missed.
I’m going to reblog this in order to give me a reason to share my own thoughts. Thanks for priming the pump.
For those who don’t know, Anthony Bourdain was an author and a TV host who dealt with food as cultural harmony, food as empathy and unity. He traveled about the world introducing us to different cultures, different ways of life, and presented our commonality as humans. We all eat, right?
I enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s work and often saw the connection, the relationship, the profound concept behind the Lord’s invitation to His table, communion, our spiritual connection that takes place when we sit down as saints together. Anthony really helped me to value and appreciate the gift Jesus gave us in the last supper, the ritual, the significance, the way He knew that even thousands of years later His people would be partaking in a meal together in remembrance of Him. Communion is so much more than “a meal,” and bread is not just “bread,” but I do so love how those common symbols…
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Since I starting pastoring churches back in ’90’s, I’ve heard it all.
But if you’ve been looking for an excuse NOT to go to church, this old song from The Kingsmen may help.
What’s your excuse?
Yes, there may come a time in life that, for the moment, suicide will seem to be the best or only option. However, that’s when you need to at least sleep on it…wait until tomorrow.
A lot can change in a day, if only your perspective.