Poor is better: Proverbs 28.6

“A poor person who walks in his integrity is better than one who is perverse in his ways even though he is rich.”

Proverbs 28.6

Riches cannot make up for lack of integrity. The root idea of integrity is completeness, what is “entirely in accord with truth and fact” (TWOT/BDB).

Some things are more important than money. Will we allow the pursuit of money (think time on the job) keep us from being wholly devoted to God?

#votd #Proverbs #integrity

Hugh’s News & Views (Fence Straddlers)


The story is told of a civil war soldier who did not want to take sides but remain neutral and be accepted by both sides. He put on a pair of Confederate britches and donned a Union jacket. He was shot in the seat by a Yankee soldier and in the chest by a Rebel soldier and died of the injuries he incurred as a result of trying to be on both sides! Continue reading

#doctrine, #hughfulford, #integrity


8-12-2015 Do You Really Mean It?

Do you really mean it? “For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute” (Hebrews 6:16 NKJV). Swearing, or taking an oath, is bringing in a higher being to make one’s promise sound surer. Christians, however, are told: “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No,’ lest you fall into judgment” (James 5:12 NKJV). If a person has no intention of keeping his or her word, no “stack of Bibles a mile high” will make their oath mean anything! Whether it involves companies or individuals, athletes or workers, governments or citizens, husbands or wives, many do not keep their word! Society’s integrity needs Christ!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#integrity, #oath, #promise, #swearing


6-16-2015 Claiming to be Black!

Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP leader in Spokane, Washington, claimed to be a black person, when her white parents have revealed she is not! Now her “integrity” and “credibility” are being questioned, as they should be! Saying she was and wishing she was did not make it a fact! There are people who want to be a Christian, claim to be, teach Christian principles, but have not obeyed to be a Christian. “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’” (2 Timothy 2:19 NKJV). “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10:18 NKJV). Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#black-person, #credibility, #depart-from-iniquity, #integrity, #rachel-dolezal, #white-parents

Forty years ago Tom Eichenberg of Elk Grove…

Forty years ago Tom Eichenberg of Elk Grove, Calif., lost his wallet. He was a student in 1975 at Santa Clara University when it went missing. The college discovered it and returned it to him. It had been sitting in a wall at the student center for 33 years. A construction crew found the wallet in an air duct while renovating the student union. The wallet contained his social security card, a store membership card, a bus pass with 10 cents left on it, and a 1975 draft card. Eichenberg should be happy the workers were honest men. Too often in these days of identity theft, a person is left deep in debt and with a marred reputation. This is Just A Minute.

#honesty, #integrity, #just-a-minute, #lost-and-found

Hillary Gushwa lied to officials of the Miss…

Hillary Gushwa lied to officials of the Miss Ventura County, California beauty pageant. She was married, a Mrs. instead of a Miss! When officials confronted her she claimed she had been on medication that affected her memory and at the time did not recall her wedding. However, subsequent evidence proved she knew full well she was married at the time. She was disqualified and asked to return the crown she had been given. Beauty is a fine thing, but it is nothing without character. A woman may be a vision of beauty but if she cannot be trusted, the vision will likely become a nightmare! This is Just A Minute.

#deceit, #integrity, #just-a-minute


(#198) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:24-Wanna Abet?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 29:24: “Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.”

Solomon has already judged against agreeing to uphold someone else’s debt (Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26-27; 27:13), now he warns against sharing in someone’s sin! The gang members, driver of the get-away vehicle, owner/renter of a meth lab house, participants in the crime, are all as guilty as the one who actually commits the sin! This proverb shows that the one who shares in “thievery,” for instance, will end up losing his/her honesty and integrity by swearing “to tell the truth, but reveal[ing] nothing.”

The truth of this proverb remains unchanged in the New Testament Law of Jesus Christ: “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22); “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11); “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32). Saul of Tarsus may not have stoned the first martyr for Jesus Christ, Stephen, but Saul protected the coats of those who did the stoning (Acts 7:54-60)! This still bothered him toward the end of his spiritually-productive life (1 Timothy 1:12-16)!

Choose your associates and friends carefully; be well aware of what they’re up to; have the courage to avoid damning situations! They may actually “think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you” (1 Peter 4:4).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #guilt, #honesty, #integrity, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #sharing, #sins, #wisdom

a visit from Gabriel

In Daniel 9, Daniel records that when Darius the Mede began to reign over the Chaldeans, he (Daniel) read the prophecy of Jeremiah about the number of years that were left to complete the desolation of Jerusalem. Daniel then uttered one of the humblest, most heartfelt, honest prayers recorded in Scripture. While he was still praying, Gabriel came to him and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.”

Two things here give me chills. First, the phrase you are highly esteemed. Men have speculated for millennia about the nature of events in the spiritual realm. One would think that in such heavenly assemblies, men would be regarded as lowly and weak. What are men in comparison with angels–at least at this point in time? Yet the text here says that Daniel was highly esteemed. Angels held Daniel in high regard. What a compliment paid to the value and worth of those who do what is right in the eyes of God.

Second, the command was issued at the beginning of Daniel’s supplications. They didn’t even wait until he was done praying! Yet it seems that the command could not be issued until he prayed. How many blessings do we miss out on because we simply do not ask?

Lord, give us the courage to pray, the wisdom to know what to pray for, and the integrity that allows us to be heard.

#angels, #daniel, #gabriel, #integrity, #prayer, #wisdom


(#35) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:3-6-What Levels “Haves” with “Have-nots”

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:3-6: “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the  perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.”

“Integrity” is associated with “blamelessness” and “uprightness,” all of which are combined in terms like “honesty,” “consistency,” “purity,” “devoutness.” God described David, “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22), to Solomon: “Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 Kings 9:4-5). In fact, David asked God to judge him on the basis of his “integrity” (Psalm 7:8); although Job had lost everything, he kept his “integrity” (Job 2:9); and Christian “young men” should show “integrity” in doctrine (Titus 2:6-8). Other proverbs stress that a poor person who walks with “integrity” is better than a “fool” (Proverbs 19:1) or the “rich” (Proverbs 28:6), and, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7). Those who are “poor” and spend their time feeling sorry for themselves because others are “rich,” need to learn that having “integrity” makes them far more acceptable to God than any other quality! To King David, walking “in integrity” gave him confidence (Psalm 26:1).

It is pitiful to see and hear the plethora of false prophets and deceitful speakers who fan the fires of victimization, emphasizing the difference between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” when if they taught God’s Wisdom, “integrity” would strengthen the hearts, confidence, and goodness of all who would walk in it. The contrast drawn in Proverbs 11:3-6 shows that the “wicked” will fail and fall because of their own “perversity” (twistedness), “unfaithfulness” (failure to obey God), trust in the purchasing power of “riches” (1 Timothy 6:17), “wickedness” (lack of Wisdom or goodness), “lust” (narrow-minded concerns about their own desires above others). All preachers, politicians, parents, and professors should be about educating and overseeing everyone with “integrity,” and forget all about their quest for power and influence in any other way!

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #devoutness, #have-nots, #haves, #honesty, #integrity, #lust, #poor, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #rich, #unfaithful, #victimization, #wicked, #wisdom


(#25) The Proverbs of Solomon: Proverbs 10:1-12

While the first 9 chapters have been “the proverbs of Solomon” (Proverbs 1:1), they were stated as a father instructing his son. Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

10:1: Too many modern “fathers” don’t seem to care about their son’s “wisdom;” and too many modern “mothers” carry their burden of “grief” because of it.

10:2-3: “Treasures” gained by “wickedness” are empty of all that is meaningful (example, Judas Iscariot, Matthew 27:1-5); while a person may ride “righteousness” into eternity (1 Timothy 6:6-11). Meanwhile, on earth, God looks after, provides for, the “righteous,” and, at the same time, often overturns the wicked’s advantage.

10:4-5: The “slack hand” wants shortcuts to prosperity, but the “diligent” hand prospers, or gets the work done. NO society lasts when there are more “slack hands” than “diligent” ones! Other Proverbs on this subject say: (1 some are too lazy to get their own food, Proverbs 12:27; (2 the lazy have desires without efforts (a lot of Lottery tickets, Vegas trips, frivolous lawsuits fall into this category) Proverbs 13:4;21:25-26; (3 fails to feed even him/herself (and should starve, 2 Thessalonians 3:10) Proverbs 19:24; 26:15; (4 the lazy passes off plowing season because it’s “too cold,” and then begs for food during harvest (this is “living off the dole, or the goodness of other people”) Proverbs 19:15; 20:4.

10:6-7: Just as God “blesses” the “righteous,” “violence” stops the “wicked’s” boasting (Proverbs 10:11). Just as it is pleasant to remember someone who was “righteous,” it is disgusting to remember someone who was “wicked.”

10:8,11: The “wise” will accept responsibility, but “a prating fool”  (boastful words but no obedience to God) “will fall” (not amount to anything).

10:9-10: To “walk with integrity” is to be true to God’s principles as one’s core beliefs, regardless of circumstance, opportunity, or associations. Those who “perverts his ways” cannot be trusted to be honest, forthright, or true to his/her stated principles, which becomes obvious. To “wink with the eye” (would say something, “wink, wink”) is someone who cannot be trusted to be telling the truth.

10:12: Only the “hateful” will “stir up strife.” “He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends” (Proverbs 17:9). Everyone who exploits, spreads, campaigns against, creates demonstrations about, someone’s weaknesses is motivated by “hatred,” not “love!” Hatred is behind many racial, religious, social, and political campaigns of destruction. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’” (1 Peter 4:8). Sins are not to be ignored, covered over without repentance, or excused, but brought to God for forgiveness. “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). “Strife” is generated by: “pride” (Proverbs 13:10); hotheadedness (Proverbs 15:18); perversity (Proverbs 16:28); lovers of transgression (Proverbs 17:19). A society will not long stand when torn apart by “strife” which has been generated by the “hateful.”

  All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#foolish, #integrity, #lazy, #love, #obedience, #proverbs, #slack-hand, #strife, #wisdom

Outraged about Prayer

I have read several articles and blogs by people who are outraged about prayers for Oklahoma tornado victims and are calling for the people who pray to actually do something. They don’t seem to realize that many of the people who volunteer or send donations and the organizations that show up to help are indeed Christian or representatives of other religious groups. People who pray often move to act after the prayer. Christians, in fact, affirm that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). James castigated those who told the poor to be “warm and well-fed,” but offered them no clothing or food. In the aftermath of a disaster, people contribute in various ways. First responders rush to the scene. Crisis management teams arrive behind them. Aid organizations and volunteers follow. People who cannot help physically send donations, or if they are government leaders, dedicate funding for disaster recovery. Everyone may choose to pray. Critics that I mentioned earlier especially criticized entertainers and politicians who had tweeted that they were praying for Oklahoma. Prayer enlists the aid of the divine. It also focuses the thoughts of the one who offers the prayer. Prayer calms the person who prays. When people learn that others pray for them, they often feel relief as well. On the other hand, none of us controls how God answers prayer. In fact, if biblical passages like Psalms 10 and 13 are any indication, we may protest what we think God is doing. On other occasions, when rescue arrives when it seemed there was no hope, we sink to our knees in gratitude. No one can prevent another from praying silently, frustrating though that may be to some people. And as long as there are disasters, people will pray. They pray, not because they arrogantly presume that God will do their bidding, but because they yearn for help to accomplish what seems impossible. If we say that we pray, we should act with integrity. We should not say that we are praying when we do not pray. No one has to pray in our country, but many of us choose to do so, because we believe that the Creator of the universe still controls what happens. The anti-prayer critics do have a right to express their opinions in the United States, but those whom they criticize have a right to pray.

#disaster-relief, #integrity, #oklahoma-tornado, #prayer

Two boys walking along the beach in Lynn…

Two boys walking along the beach in Lynn, Massachusetts, found a beach bag on a deserted beach. They picked it up and looked inside and found over $4000. Mark Norcross, 11, and Bekim Demaree, 12, marched straight to the police department and turned it over. The sergeant told them they would probably be rewarded. However, when the owner was located, she was irate. In a rage she complained no one had a right to take her bag and stomped out of the police office in a huff. One might think that two small boys would begin to question the wisdom of doing a good deed, however, another who heard of the situation, sent the boys a small reward. Whether appreciated or not, whether rewarded or not, it makes no difference. We must always do that which is honest and right. After all, even when scorned by those down here, our heavenly father smiles on those who honor his will. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#good-deed, #integrity, #just-a-minute

Proverbs are the “Piths” (16)

Proverbs 11, like a lot of the proverbial chapters, covers a wide range of topics – it can seem scattered until you step set back and see the big picture it makes. Here are a few thoughts from this great chapter. You can click the link and then switch back and forth for the “commentary.”

Verse 1: Does God take our integrity seriously when it comes to business? No amount of skimming off of the top will ever change how low it will bring you spiritually!

Verse 4: There are always certain things that money can’t buy: love, true friends, peace…and a way of escape when the judgment comes!

Verse 7: Hopes in this world only float so high; as a matter of fact in the end they sink! Hope in God on the other hand will carry one all the way to Heaven.

Verse 11: A society is blessed when it has upright people who fill the census. Take away uprightness/righteous living from a society and you take away the underpinnings of its prosperity. Has anyone felt a national tremor lately???

Verse 13: How can you trust a person with your secret when they’re blabbing others’ to you? Maybe we should keep that in mind today at work!

Verse 17: This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs because, although it’s a theme throughout the Bible, it’s one of those jewels that’s unique to the book. So why show mercy? Because it feels good? Or because it does good? Think of Matthew 5:7 and 6:14-15 before you answer!

Verse 18: The BBE says it like this: “The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.” Earthly riches, especially those that are ill-gotten gain, are just an illusion. It’s the biggest economic bubble a person can have in their personal life…and we know what happens to all bubbles don’t we?

Verse 22: Solomon had a way with words didn’t he? One sure way to reveal the true beauty of a woman is to look at true behaviors! Pretty is as pretty does is an old reliable saying after all.

Verses 24-25: We get from the Lord as we give to the Lord. This principle is repeated/quoted/expounded upon by Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.

Verse 27: Ever heard the saying, “You’ll find what you’re looking for”? So had Solomon!

Verse 29: A husband (or father) who strives to be a man will strive to bless his own house. Notice the Bible doesn’t say “please his own house” but that it says bless with righteous behavior and leadership.

Verse 30: Reminds me of the song “A Soul Winner for Jesus.”

#book-of-proverbs, #family-life, #hope, #integrity, #prosperity, #proverbs-11, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #righteousness, #trust, #wisdom

Living with integrity

I was blessed this morning hearing Bobby Stafford’s lesson, “A Man of Integrity,” given in the Granby, Mo., church. David Hersey posted it on YouTube. I recommend it to you.

I understand that it was integrity Joe Warlick referred to when he said,

Would to God that we all could say this! What a different power would work among us if it were true!

#integrity, #sermons, #video

Genuine beauty = character! – JAM

Sam is one ugly dog!  He is the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California for the 3rd year in a row. According to the NBC website Sam is a 14 year old Chinese Crested and was a shoe-in to win the contest.  His owner, Susie Lockheed, said that even the judges recoil with horror when they first see him. I have known some ugly people in my life. Someone has said, “Beauty is only skin-deep but ugly goes clean to the bone!” That is true is we are talking about real beauty. Appearance is superficial, it is what is inside that counts. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#appearance, #beauty, #integrity, #just-a-minute