We are all human…

As a life long Ohio State Buckeye fan, what has taken place over the past several months has been pretty disheartening.  During times like this, I am reminded of Jesus’ words in the gospels of Matthew (5th Chapter) and Luke (6th chapter); ’Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn others, or it will […]

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Proverbs 31…a great Proverb to end with

Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.  Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice.” (NLT) A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a text message and reminded me about a time in high school […]

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Proverbs 30…control

Proverbs 30:33, “As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.” (NLT) Life is so much easier to live when we focus on what we can control and I’ve pretty much narrowed the “controllables” to our faith walk, our attitude and effort.  Most of the […]

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Congratulations Lady Buccs!!!

My hometown Covington Lady Buccs Softball team won the regional final game over Felicity Franklin yesterday ( 8-4), to gain their second birth in the State Softball Finals in nine years. It is always great to see hard work, perseverance and teamwork pay off.  http://www.gobuccs.com/  Good Luck in Akron Lady Buccs, we are all very proud of […]

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Proverbs 29…an easier way to live

Proverbs 29-18, “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.  But whoever obeys the law is joyful.” (NLT) A few days ago I was talking with a fellow friend in recovery and he said, “living the recovery life is not a simple walk, but is is alot easier than walking in the hell we […]

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Proverbs 28:27…give and never lack

Proverbs 28:27, “Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.” (NLT) Ask anyone who helps the poor and they will tell you the blessings usually come back ten-fold.  Even though we don’t give in order to receive, God always blesses us when we give.  […]

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Proverbs 27…who’s keeping your choices sharp?

Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (NLT) This past Tuesday I really got “sharpened.”  I had breakfast with one of my mentors, lunch with a fellow “man on mission,” and dinner with a fellow recovery person.  Although all of these friends are Christian each of the three conversations turned […]

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Proverbs 26–vomit-sawdust-insanity

Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.” (NLT) I’m sure you’ve heard the definition of insanity; “doing things the same way and expecting different results.”  I can remember many years ago when I first started trying to stop drinking and drugging.  I thought if I would exercise, […]

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Proverbs 25…if you need to exalt–exalt Him

Proverbs 25:6, “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men…” (NIV) Jesus explains this Proverb further in Matthew 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” At the end of the day there is one Being we […]

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Proverbs 24…why try to do good?

Solomon talks about why we should try to do good in Proverbs 24:12 (NIV) “…will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” Paul talks about it in Romans 2:6 (NIV), “God will give to each person according to what he has done.” James says pretty much the same in James 1:12 (NLT), “God […]

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