Do you know your snow verses?

Middle-Tennessee has been blessed, or cursed (depending upon how you view snow), with a few inches of the frozen white stuff the last couple of days.

When it comes to the middle-East and “Bible climates” I think most people, for one reason or another, envision a dry or hot climate. Fact is, the Bible uses the word snow no less than twenty-five times (22 in the OT, 3 in the NT).

Can you think of any?

Here is a list of what I would consider to be the top-ten verses where the word “snow” is a contributor to the thrust of the biblical writer’s point. One or two of these will have an accompanying verse for context sake: Continue reading


Snowy Pictures

Here’s a couple of pictures from the snow we’ve been getting today. One’s a red bird looking for a wind-break and the other is our backyard. Both were gladly taken from inside!

Backyard 2016 Red Bird 2016

All in all we got a smidgen past 3″. Town, which is only 10-15 miles North of us, got at least 5 or 6″. It’s still flurrying out (the small powdery stuff) with a bitter wind. Time for the hot-chocolate.

#photos, #snow, #tennessee, #winter-storm-2016


3-6-2015             Let It Snow!

Proverbs 26:1 NKJV: “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.” It could be worse. At least this is our regular season for snow. If this snow came in the summer, we’re ruined. Since God “says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’” (Job 37:6 NKJV), then right now, God has us looking forward to His next season: Spring. God asked Job: “”Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail” (Job 38:22 NKJV)?  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55:10 NKJV). Thank God for snow!

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

#regular-season, #snow, #spring, #treasury


(#177) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:1-Wasted R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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 26:1: “As snow in summer and rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.”

Some things don’t even belong together in real life, for God “gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24); and “snow” cannot fall in the hottest part of the year! Another proverb says “Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8), for if a stone doesn’t leave the sling, it is a completely wasted effort.

“Honor” is “respect, esteem, admiration, reverence,” and God’s rule throughout the Bible is “those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed” (1 Samuel 2:30); “glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:10-11); “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:24-25).

It is to be given selectively to people who show it toward God and His Word: “And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen” (Exodus 14:17-18; Psalm 66:1-7); “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. And those who walk in pride He is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37); “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).

“Honor” should be given to: “father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2-3), “the presence of an old man” (Leviticus 19:32), church “elders” (1 Timothy 5:17), “all” people (1 Peter 2:17), and “the king” (1 Peter 2:17).

“Honor” should not go to people just because they are: “mighty” (Leviticus 19:15), “receive honor from one another” (John 5:44), or a “fool” (Proverbs 26:1). It profanes our honor of God when we waste it upon people who “do not seek the honor that comes from the only God” (John 5:44). We should give “honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:7). Be careful whom you honor.

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

#bible-study, #fools, #god, #honor, #proverbs, #rain, #respect, #snow, #summer

Winter Storm

We’re a few hours into the big storm and on track for 1.5′ to 2′ of new snow. The last two days have been spent in preparation. I hope to begin cleanup sometime Thursday, but that will depend on wind and keeping electricity. They just came on our local t.v. station in Peoria, IL saying Roanoke had “won” the highest wind gust award at 64 mph. I’m just grateful the lights are still on. We’ll pray that everyone in the path of this storm stays safe.

#snow, #storm

The Lane

There is, in Sosnofka, Russia, about 750 miles east of Moscow, a lane that runs almost the length of the little town.

It begins just behind the hotel where Ralph Hart and I used to stay, and goes straight past the library and down through the town. After you pass the library, the lane is bordered by birch trees whose limbs form an archway over the road for about a quarter-mile. When it snows, the white flakes cover the tree branches and drift down on the road surface, enveloping the lane in a tunnel of white.

Walking there is like walking on a cloud. There are few cars in Sosnofka, so there is very little noise. Occasionally you may hear two friends walking and talking on the lane, but mostly it’s just very quiet.

I think of the lane often and of the people we met in that little town and if I’ll ever see any of them again in this life. Well, if not in this life, I look forward to seeing some of them in eternity.

(The picture is not the actual lane, though it is very close to what it looks like.)

#road, #snow

Meeting in Idaho

Returned from Idaho from a four day meeting. It was a good meeting; the church there is led by a faithful minister (Wayland McClellan) and his wife (jan). The committed Christians are taking the lead as well, and much has been done. Kimberly, ID is a small community of about 2500, nearby Twin Falls. The church in Magic Valley has had much struggle in the last number of years, but committed Christians make the difference. The congregation is, probably, about 25-30 in regular attendance, but our numbers in the meeting each time was good. Sister congregations supported it, and the locals from the area attended. I had three evangelistic sermons and two sermons that focused on encouragement. If I recall correctly, I think Barry Grider will be heading out in the next year or two, and there is another man (but to my regret I have forgotten his name). Good people they are!

The weather in Idaho was unseasonably cool; i think the high might have reached 80, but the low was a cool 55-60 each morning (coupled with low humidity, which I loved). Arriving in Illinois at near midnight……..there is nothing like walking into a walk of humidity! Wayland took us up top a low mountain top (about 5500 feet) and snow was still on top (albeit, old snow); enjoyed seeing that. Good to be connected with the meeting, but great to be home.

Today is catch up, but not sure if I will catch anything.

#gospel-meeting, #idaho, #mountain, #snow