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Proverbs 31:8

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute” - 31:8.

The poor and disenfanchised have no one to speak up and stand for them. Jesus was clear that addressing their needs must be part of your life and work. We know this because His disciples made this work an important part of their ongoing ministry after He ascended.  What are you doing to help those who cannot help themselves?  Read what James wrote about this activity in James 1:27 and James 2:1-4.


Proverbs 30:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

 “I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One” - 30:3. 

The more you learn about God, the more you realize how little you know. It is important to walk in humility and have a proper assessment of your own spiritual poverty and God's grace toward you.  Is this what Jesus talked about when He mentioned, among other things, being poor in spirit in Matthew 5:1-10? Is so, do you have an accurate understanding of your spiritual poverty and need for God?


Proverbs 29:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall" - 29:16.

This explains why you can turn the other cheek and bless those who treat you badly, as Jesus commanded. Either they will repent or God will bring justice for what they have done, so either way you 'win.' Can you trust that God will eventually make all things right and judge the wicked, thus freeing you to do good to those who treat you badly? Read Revelation 7:9-17 and be reminded that God is control and will judge all living creatures with justice and equity.


Proverbs 28:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The wicked man flees though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion" 28:1. 

A lion is not timid, passive or easily intimidated. A lion goes where it wants, eats what it wants and sleeps when it wants. What can you learn and apply from the lion's example today?  How bold are you when it comes to your purpose and goals? How aggressive are you in evangelism and prayer?  Read 2 Corinthians 3:11-13 and Hebrews 4:16 to better understand how to express this boldness in your spiritual life.


Proverbs 27:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds" - 27:23.

This verse urges you to pay close attention to the things and people around you. Are you in touch and walking in reality where your "world" is concerned?  Are you assuming things are good but they are really otherwise? What about those closest to you? Do you notice when they are down, sad or angry?  To do so you must be interested and take the time to see things through the eyes of others.  For two examples of this practice, look at Nehemiah 2:1-5 and Luke 5:17-20.


Proverbs 26:15

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth" - 26:15.

What a silly picture of someone who puts food on his fork but doesn't bring it to his mouth! Yet if you start something and don't finish it, you can be just as foolish. What you are putting off finishing and what is stopping you from doing it?  Where is laziness controlling your life? Read what Hebrews 6:10-12 has to say about laziness, and then devise a plan to get over this trait that is keeping you from realizing your full potential God has assigned you.


I Need Feedback

I am working on a revision of my book I wrote in 1999, So Many Leaders, So Little Leadership:  Beyond the Power of Position Lies the Price of Leadership.  I have matured in my view of leadership in the last eleven years and it's time I spelled that out in this book.  I want to define three concepts in the revised version - leadership, purpose and team - and I want to run these definitions (with some simple notes and verses without much explanation) by you to get your feedback.  Feel free to agree, disagree, recommend changes and additions or to tell me I am just off base, at the site where this entry is posted.  Here goes:

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Leadership – discovering, perfecting and fulfilling your God-assigned life purpose, which causes you to joyfully influence others and to serve in your sphere of giftedness, insight and experience.

  • The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil (Proverbs 16:4 NAS)
  • He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty (Proverbs 28:19 NAS).
  • A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:24-27 NIV).

Your sphere of leadership is determined by any or all of the following:

  1. Expertise/skill
  2. Burden/passion
  3. Geographic placement
  4. Occupational domain, such as:
    • Education
    • Church
    • Business
    • Government
    • Military
    • Social
    • Relationships
    • Sports/recreation
    • Food
    • Fashion/beauty
    • Entertainment

Purpose – whatever you consistently do, with whomever and wherever you do it, that gives you joy and serves some basic need in or for others

Effective team – comprised of members who know one another’s purpose and strengths and who agree to join together to achieve team goals and objectives based on synergies available as members express, pursue and perfect their gifts, passions and capabilities.


Proverbs 25:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters" - 25:13.

You have been entrusted with the message of life to give to others. Are you being a faithful messenger of the good news you have received and live in? If so, then you are not only a blessing to those who hear, but also to the One who gave you the message to deliver!  To see an example of trustworthy messengers at work, take a look at Acts 4:23-31.


Proverbs 24:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter" - 24:11.

People who don't know the Lord are in danger of spending eternity out of God's presence and favor. You have the words of life that can rescue them from their dilemma. Are you sharing those words of life with whomever will listen?  Read Ezekiel 22:30-31 and Isaiah 59:15-16 to encourage you in this important work of sharing the truth with those who need it.  


A Matching Grant

Great news!  We have been given a matching grant to help renovate the library in Kenya to get it ready for the books that we will be collecting next month. Pastor Peter wrote this week (see below) to let us know he needs $3,000 to proceed, and we have the grant for $1,500. That means for every dollar you give, another dollar will be given to match your gift, therefore doubling your gift. This grant is good only until Monday, October 31, so you must act now to make sure your gift doubles.

Here is what Pastor Peter wrote this week:

I take this opportunity to thank you and the team for the wonderful work that you have been doing to the community. At this moment am coming back to you in reference of this email I had written to you about the cost of renovation of the library. The cost as I had commented earlier for renovation, buying of tables, making of shelves and the chairs was $3,000 and the owner of the house has already given us a two months grace to renovate the house and that is why we ere seeking for your assistance in order to meet this cost. We thank you in advance for any assistance accorded to us and may the almighty God bless you all and grant you favor in your fund raising.

Pastor Peter

You can read Pastor Peter's (and my) previous correspondence to understand the nature of this library project here.  Act now to insure that your gift toward this project that is part of The Big Blessing is maximized.  You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882.  This is so exciting and I know you will want to respond this week to insure that this grant is maximized to the fullest.  Thank you and thank You, Lord, for this special challenge and gift.