Proverbs 1:8

Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. The thought of a child or student listening to a father’s or teacher’s instruction is repeated again and again in Proverbs. Solomon knew the independent spirit of youth and the desires to go their own way.  Many people, old […]

Psalm 128:1-3

Psalm 128:1-3 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. (v.2) You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (v.3) Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots round your table. (v.4) Thus is the […]

1 John 2:15-17

1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever […]

1 John 3:18

1 John 3:18 It’s so much easier to say than to do. For students, it’s easy to tell the teacher that you’ll study hard. For parents, it’s easy to tell your kids “next time”. As a Christian it’s easy to say “I love you”. All of the things listed are easy to say and not […]

Ephesians 5:33

Ephesians 5:33  (NIV) 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Through 50 years of marriage, one of my favorite comments from my husband to our children was “Do you know that I love your mother?” It’s not hard to respect a man […]

1 Thessalonians 3:12

1 Thessalonians 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. Remember what happens when you pour a warm soft drink over a glass of fresh ice? It starts to fizz immediately and before long the foam is overflowing the glass before you […]

Nehemiah 4:14

Nehemiah 4:14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” This is somewhat out […]