Friday, November 22, 2019


Today’s Reading: Proverbs 11

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Modern day Izmir, Turkey, is a major port on the Aegean Sea, off of the Mediterranean. The remains of Smyrna can be seen here. Jesus said about the church in Smyrna, “I know your works, tribulation and poverty, but you are rich!” (Revelation 2:9a). Jesus may have been thinking of the words in today’s reading, our key verses! (Proverbs 11:24-25).

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Key Verses: Proverbs 11:24-25

There is one who scatters, yet increases more;

And there is one who withholds more than is right,

But it leads to poverty.

The generous soul will be made rich,

And he who waters will also be watered himself.


It’s difficult to pick some of the wisdom contained here when all of these words are of equal importance. Nevertheless, let’s consider four proverbs.

(1) Verse #1 – God is concerned about the butcher who weighs out meat with a thumb on the scale. “A just weight” is God’s standard.

(2) Verse #14 – Do we want to make good and safe major decisions? Then don’t just take the advice of one person. Listen to several people. One person may or may not be trying to manipulate you into doing what they want, and not what is best.

(3) Verse #22 – “A swine’s snout” is so descriptive, particularly for Solomon, a Jew. Pigs are not kosher. “Discretion” is covered in our blog of November 17 (click here).

(4) Verse #30b – It is a wise thing to win souls to the Lord! But be assured that without wisdom in our approach, our body language, and our words, we’ll do more harm than good to the eternal souls of people, all of whom are of infinite value. Therefore, it would be good to read from James 1:5-8. Let’s go ahead and ask God for wisdom, and then win souls!!!


Dear Father God, there is much wisdom in the chorus which I pray now: “Lord, lay some soul upon my heart, and love that soul through me. And may I ever do my part to win that soul to Thee.” In and through the Person and work of Jesus, I pray, Amen!!!


In leading the ministry of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. for many years, I have valued highly the counsel of our Board of Directors and CCCI Executives. When I think of major decisions I’ve made, I must expand that to include others in the decision-making process, as Solomon wrote, “a multitude of counsellors.” That would include many of my fellow employees and many supporters in prayer and in the giving of financial offerings. Also, thinking of “a lovely woman,” I want to thank my wife, Norma-Jean, whose counsel has been wise, prayerful and loving. She has consistently shown “discretion.” My children and their spouses have given wise counsel. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! The leading of the Holy Spirit, the support of God’s people, and decisions made have brought CCCI to what it is today; I invite readers to check out the Crossroads website (click here).

Yours for reading the responses of a “Multitude of Counsellors” to this blog!


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34 thoughts on “Friday, November 22, 2019

  1. Amen to all posts from yesterday also praying for Ann’s complete recovery.
    Prayed David’s prayer this morning, he encourages use to keep on doing the Lord’s work . The Mainse family are continuing to do this, God Bless Norma Jean and all the family. Have a wonderful day dear blog friends. Eleanor M.

  2. The proverbs make me realize how imperfect I am but I have realized too that God knows that way better than I and we must continue the fight and learning is part of that fight but we are not alone,just imperfect.
    When I googled that song,there were several others who added their words to finish it.This is my attempt.
    Lay Some Soul Upon My Heart

    Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
    And love that soul thro’ me;
    And may I always do my part
    To win that soul for Thee. Ira D. Sankey

    Oh,Lord,may Your love fill my heart
    And wisdom be my guide,
    That you will tear my doubts apart
    And be close to my side.

    Lord,give me the words to convey
    The love You have for all,
    That they might share from day to day
    So more will hear your call.

    Lord,teach me and they to forget
    That all have lived with sin,
    For only then,with true regret
    Can repentance begin.

    Here is a much better instrumental with words you can sing along with.Be blessed

  3. Father God, thank You for all the good things we so easily take for granted – the words of advice, of wisdom, of encouragement, of instruction we so often get; the people who commit themselves to serving; the freedoms we have in this country; the ones You send as workers among us…
    We thank You, Lord, for these and so many other blessings. Have your way among us, Lord, and help us to share your Truth and Grace with others. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  4. Amen to today’s scripture, David’s message and prayer. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord. Today is my birthday so I covet your prayers and blessings. Thank you dear ones, for being such wonderful inspirations for me on our blog! May your day be beautiful and bright with Jesus in the center!

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
    Hebrews 13:8 ESV

    Kim Walker-Smith – I Exalt Thee

  5. Thank you all for a beautiful blogs this morning. Happy Birthday Dear Beverley. God Bless all ho read this blog. If somone is new to the blog and are reading the blogs for the first time may you be BlESsed today.

  6. Amen to the message, prayers, poem, and posts today and a Happy Birthday to you dear Beverlee and may you be truly blessed as you have been a blessing to us.

  7. Happy Birthday Beverley, hope you are enjoying your special day. May the Lord Bless you with many more years to come. You are a real inspiration to this daily blog.????

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