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Proverbs 31:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Lest they drink and forget what the law decrees,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights” - 31:5.

God's word is clear: take care of the poor! It is easy, however, to be 'intoxicated' with other thoughts and causes, and to forget your duty and responsibility to them. What are you doing to help the 'have-nots' in your community and the world?  Read the word of the Lord through Isaiah to God's people concerning their lack of respect for the poor in Isaiah 10:1-3.


Proverbs 30:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“This is the way of an adulteress:
She eats and wipes her mouth and says,
‘I’ve done nothing wrong’” - 30:20.

Is it difficult for you to say, "I messed up and was wrong, forgive me"?  Saying, "I'm sorry," is not the same as saying, "Forgive me." It is easier to blame someone else or to explain why you erred. Yet you cannot get forgiveness unless you acknowledge to God and others what you have done.  Read what happened to a certain couple when they refused to acknowledge the deceit they had carried out in Acts 5:1-11, and then thank God He doesn't treat every unrepentant sinner like those two!


Proverbs 29:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

 “The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: 
the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both” - 29:13.

There should be no class or economic distinctions in the body of Christ. Both rich and poor must remember that God is the Father of them both. Yet it is up to the privileged to reach out to the less so.  What are you doing to fellowship with and befriend those of less economic means than you?  Moses laid out how Israel was to use their tithe in Deuteronomy 26:11-5 and part of it was to eat with the poor .  Read it to better understand what today's verse is trying to convey.


Proverbs 28:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law,
even his prayers are detestable” - 28:9.

Prayer is no substitute for obedience. You do not need to pray about what you already know you are required to do. Prayer should flow out of a relationship with the Lord that includes studying and obeying God's word, which contains His revealed will. What plan do you have in place to grow in your knowledge of God's "law"?  You can see what the Lord says about 'empty prayer' in Isaiah 29:13-16.


Proverbs 27:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“He who is full loathes honey,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet” - 27:7. 

Sometimes God will allow you to go without so you can appreciate what you have and what He is about to give you, as described in Deuteronomy 8:1-18. Do you appreciate what you have or do you take it for granted? Can you thank God for your current situation even if you are experiencing lack or an unexpected setback?


Proverbs 26:24

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit” - 26:24. 

If you want to "clean up" your speech, you have to work on your heart!  What heart area, like cynicism, sarcasm, or arrogance, may be affecting your speech more than you realize?  What steps can you take to correct the problem? Jesus Himself pointed out the heart is the source when speech is a problem in Luke 6:45.


Proverbs 25:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“These are the proverbs of Solomon,
copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah” - 25:1.

For God's work to be done, He must use people and that includes you. It is good to be humble, but you can still talk about who you are and what you can do. Are you willing for God to use your name and face, like Solomon, to accomplish His purposes?  Can you surrender your desire for privacy to Him?  Jesus was a public figure and you can read about how busy He was in Mark 3:20-22.


Proverbs 24:14

Your daily dose of Proverbs

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off” - 24:14.

If you want to be prepared for your future, then do all you can to obtain wisdom today! And if you want to reap good things in your future, then you must sow good things today.  What are you doing to prepare for your future?  Are you saving, learning, doing good deeds and growing in your ability to handle more? Jesus referred to this process of preparing for the future today when He spoke the words recorded in Matthew 6:20-22


Latest on THE BIG GOAL

I am still believing for $10,000 to come in for THE BIG GOAL I set in December for my work in Kenya.  This past week $700 came in and God is moving on many people to support the widows and orphans, for which I am grateful.  Here is the latest update that came from Pastor Francis and his administrator who work at the Upako Centre in Nairobi that cares for 37 orphans, all in Pastor Francis' home!  Here is what they wrote with some pictures (they also sent an accounting for the money we gave them in December):

Rev. Dr. John,

Upako 1 I am very grateful to you and to your wife for having taken your time and resources to do ministry to us here in Kenya last December. Even though we did not have a lot of time to share, your presence has been deeply felt and the money you brought speaks a lot. The children are in good health and we are praying for continued support especially to feed the orphans as they continue with their education. May God’s goodness follow you all the days of your life.Find attached some photos during Christmas and after the New Year when we opened school.


Pastor Francis

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Above is our financial report on how we spent the money we received from Rev.Dr.John during his visit to Upako 2 Kenya in December 2010 (Ksh.75,000.).The money helped a great deal especially during the Christmas festivals and in the New Year.We wish you all the best and want to thank all of you who denied themselves and even sacrificed to see to it that orphans were not left behind when the world celebrated the Christmas and the new year. Thank you for becoming a brother and a sister to the least in society, your donation was used to buy food for the orphans and we say a big thank you on behalf of the children. Had it  Upako 3 not been for your sincere donations, life could have lost meaning for this needy community but thank God for you for you responded when called upon in a timely way.


Bedidah Murugi
(Administrator) Upako Centre

You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882.  I know there is someone out there who is supposed to invest in this project.  Maybe it's you?  But if it isn't you, don't let that stop you from sending what you can and sending it today.  Thank you and God bless you.

P.S.  If you need to read more about my initiatives in Kenya, you can go here to read them in their entirety.


Proverbs 23:10-11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:  

“Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you” - 23:10-11.

God watches out for the weak and poor. Your job is not to contribute to their problems or to ignore their plight.  What are you doing for the poor and needy?  How can you do more?  Read the instructions for a farmer in Leviticus 23:22 and then determine how you can do something in your work and world to help the hungry and needy.