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Proverbs 1:8-9

Hear, my son, your father's instruction,
and forsake not your mother's teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.

This is a good lesson for parents and children. First to children: what you may regard as chains around your neck, burdening and holding you down are really garlands and pendants to adorn you. Their instructions and rules are for your protection…
Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

To have right knowledge, one must have a right perspective on reality. The skills of a mountain climber avail nothing if the climber is ascending the wrong mountain. Indeed, they take him further away from the goal. Reality is grounded in God. Thus, knowledge begins with a right understanding of God. And yet…
Proverbs 1:5-6

Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.

Note the supposition of Solomon. The wise can always increase in learning. They do not reach a stage of knowing all they need to know. Furthermore, it requires wisdom to learn. Two men may have the same mental…
Proverbs 1:2-4

To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth-

It is not enough to know your goal, be it to obtain financial security or to win the world for Christ. Knowing the goal is essential, but one must also be wise to attain it…
Some of you may know that over three years, with the help of others, I wrote daily devotions through the book of Proverbs. I am bringing them back (though you can read all of them anytime at my DMC Resource site) as daily postings. I have updated them, writing the ones I had missed before.
Proverbs 1:1

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

This first verse…

This afternoon Herman (SMI translator) and I were prayer walking in the Hunting Park neighborhood when the 5.9 earthquake from Virginia hit our area in Philly. It had been a particularly dry afternoon with not much activity at all. Most people were not answering their doors for spiritual follow-ups (SMI patients) and I was feeling spiritually blah. It seemed like a waste of time, minus the praying part. The question…

Patience was an attribute I found myself lacking during SMI. God saw it fit to not only inform me of this issue, but to also work on it at the same time. In many cases this was through the very people we were seeing door-to-door. Perhaps the Lord was showing me some humor by teaching me patience through my patients.

The following encounters are meant to give a brief understanding…

Below is one of the many products of sending 19 SMI students door-to-door for 3 weeks. Everyone contributed a line that either they've used or thought would help, so there's a good chance they can work for you too. These simple lines can be used in a variety of combinations - the more you try them the better your conversations will flow. If you have any others to contribute feel…

July 26, 2011

Thanks for following along this story of a group of health professionals in training who love the Lord as we learn through serving Hunting Park and each other. I was supposed to blog at the beginning of the week, but just even summing up one day here proved to be a huge challenge. As Steve said as he flipped the pages on the easel during his last…

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Roman 8:22-25 'We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no…

In a small group led by Jen Kincaid, we thought about how God created, at the beginning of what we know as time (Genesis 1:1), and that even now, He is still creating (Psalm 51:10). Below are the short and long versions of how I processed SMI Phillys encapsulation of that thought.

The Short Version (prose)

God has us on the potters wheel, shaping us, forming us, molding us, transforming…

There is one thing that I learned from SMI: God works through every single person differently.

He works through me and you in different ways, in ways that reflect the types of person we are. It is this way with every person that opens their door to our team of volunteers. We never know what each person has experienced. In the past day, week, or year. Triumphs or trials. All…

Saturday was another great day @ SMI. Heres a snapshot of the major events:

-We spent half the day going door-to-door in HP and then most came back to the Bala house a little earlier than usual, 3:30 pm, due to the 100+ degree heat index.

-The pool was the place to be after we got back.

-Dinner @ 6 included the worlds best chili and cornbread.

-The talent show…

Seriously, you guys should see our schedule for these three weeks. Its packed. Every hour is represented by a little box on a spreadsheet (thanks Anne, for your organizational skills!), and even includes clearly marked Free Time! boxes. Though theres really no such thing as a normal day around here, Id really like to try to paint a picture of how this whole thing works. So here it goes a…

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:19

Yesterday, as we gathered together after a long morning of door-to-door outreach, many different experiences were shared. As I listened to everyones story I realized that there had been a large amount of closed doors. Many of us had recognized this and prayed…