Saturday, November 16, 2019


Today’s Reading: Proverbs 1

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


An Egyptian obelisk from ancient Heliopolis, Egypt, stands in the centre of the Piazza in Rome. Three sides of the obelisk were carved during the reign of Sety I and the fourth side under Rameses II. The obelisk, known as the Obelisk Flaminio, or the Popolo Obelisk, is the second oldest and one of the tallest obelisks in Rome (some 24 metres high, or 36 metres including its base platform). The obelisk was brought to Rome in 10 BC by order of Caesar Augustus. The book of Proverbs predates the erection of this obelisk by 1,000 years.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verses: Proverbs 1:10, 33

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent…But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.


PROVERBS — A guide book for Living! A proverb is a short sentence that conveys a moral truth. The motto and theme of this book is “THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM!” Historical records credit King Solomon with composing 3,000 proverbs. Here in the Book of Proverbs we have about 800 of them.

The fool does not fear God and disobeys Him! The wise person has the greatest respect for God and obeys Him! The fool will listen to sinners! The wise person will listen to God! In our daily blogs we are paying close attention to what God is saying to us through His Word! In today’s reading Wisdom is portrayed as a person who appears as a woman. Wisdom calls out to three types of people: (1) The naive who can easily be swayed to sin, (2) The scorners who mock the righteous, and (3) Fools who hate the truth and anything that has to do with God. These people can be saved from destruction by turning to God. However, there is a point which one can pass where there is no more “fear of the Lord” or reverence of God, and thus there is no hope of a turnaround!


Lord God, I ask for wisdom to be constantly with me and in me. Through the man known as the brother of our Lord, James, I am assured that if I ask for wisdom, You will give it liberally and without reproach (James 1:5-7). I’m praying for this gift in the Name of the One “Who became for us Wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Amen!!!


Norma-Jean and I did not know each other until she was 18 and I was 21, and we were raised in different Christian denominations, 300 miles apart. Nevertheless, we found that we had many things in common. We played tag, softball, attended a one-room public school, etc. We also had mothers who reminded us over and over of the serious negative consequences of being enticed by sinners to do the wrong thing. Both of our mothers died before we met. Mine of cancer when I was 12, and hers at the hand of a drunk driver when she was 17. We have vivid memories of our mothers quoting our key verse from the old King James version, “If sinners entice thee, consent thou not.”

The wisdom of Proverbs was the DNA of our culture a lifetime ago. Timothy Eaton, founder of the Canadian Eaton’s stores, would give a copy of the Book of Proverbs to each and every employee. Eaton would say, “This is our employee’s handbook. We live by these words.” No wonder one of the great Toronto Churches is called Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. The congregation always maintains a Bible-believing evangelical Pastor in the pulpit (click here for information on this great church).

Yours for WISDOM!!!


P.S. Here are some of our friends standing on Mt. Carmel, Israel. A sculptor has depicted the Prophet Elijah who confronted false prophets here.

11 thoughts on “Saturday, November 16, 2019

  1. I need wisdom and today especially as we elect new officers for our camp council.My feelings would and not be hurt if a new chairman was elected.Father,please give me more wisdom.In Jesus name I pray.
    Thank you again,Ron and all involved in the blog and Crossroads.

    Child Of God

    May his smile shine on you from above,
    May blue skies bless your day,
    And may your heart know His love
    That shines His light before your way,
    For you are a true child of God
    When you choose to walk His path,
    And the load you carry as you trod
    Will keep you safe from Satan’s wrath.
    GW(Bill) Marshall / 08-Sep-2015

    • Dear Heavenly Father, you know already who will take up this position. It will be the person of your chosing. We can trust you in All things, that you will do over and above anything that we ask in your name. In Jesus nameI I pray Amen.

  2. The blog today brought back memories for me from years ago. I started working at Eaton’s in the retirement office as a 16 year old! I wanted to be an elevator operator but I was too young. I had good years @ Eaton’s College Street store & I thank God for that. My maid of honour in our wedding also worked there as a 15 year old! We visited local churches in the downtown area. One of them was the old “People’s Church” where Oswald J Smith was minister. Marjorie and I are still friends to this day. Those were the days before Sunday shopping & even the display windows had curtains drawn on Sunday! Good days.

    • Blessings Doreen;
      your words are very interesting; it makes me very sad when people go shopping at a store because of the early discounts on Sunday morning and God is pretty much put on the back burner….it does hurt me because I know it hurts the Lord,
      I bring this to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness for judging others; I am thankful that He forgives me of all my sins; each minute is a new start PRAISE THE LORD amen amen amen

  3. Dear Lord God, You are the one we should fear, not other people whoever they may be. Thank You for the wisdom You have and You share. Please help us to listen to and heed your Word. Father, we are so weak! Please forgive us for the weak, fearful, and sinful decisions we make, and the God-dishonouring things we do. Please wash us clean, and fill us again with your Holy Spirit. Give us the courage we need to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow You.
    We also pray for help in passing on your instructions, your wisdom, your counsel – your Word – to those You have given us. We commit them to You, Lord, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  4. My son …My son …My son….the bible is not for females in any way – I was a big believer but everyday I am excluded from religion – everyday of my life I am left out – a war of attrition if ever there was one – CONGRATULATIONS MEN YOU HAVE WON

    • Reading the Bible from OT to NT, beginning to end, reveals God showing the need for love and respect to women through His gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus wasn’t about “men in power,” Kay. Jesus was about love and forgiveness. Jesus saw the “gift in women” and used them in the NT to teach others to see. Who was His risen body first revealed to in the empty tomb? The three Marys: Mary (mother of Jesus), Mary Magdalene and Mary Salome. That says something to the whole world about the power of women (Mark 16).

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