Tighten Up Your Words (Proverbs 25:11)

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”—Proverbs 25:11

A multiplicity of words isn’t always necessary to get a point across. When I write, I want to get my point across, of course. But I don’t want to make any of my writings longer than necessary. And when I deliver a lecture or sermon, I follow the same rule. Like anyone else, I sometimes ramble on. It’s okay sometimes. But nobody wants to hear a bunch of useless talk all the time.

Negativity often comes through uncontrolled words. When we get angry during an argument, we tend to say many hurtful words. And while a—I’m sorry—can be offered, the hurt caused is not so easily overcome. The same applies to a lecture or speech. If we talk too long, people may get so bored or lost, that they miss our central message. The best way to be more precise with our words is to think first. Think about the central message of the speech, talk, book, article, or even conversation. Tighten up your words.

Make a House a Home (Proverbs 24:3)

“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.”—Proverbs 24:3

A house is not a home without wisdom and understanding. My wife and I will celebrate our eighth marriage anniversary this year. Praise God. Several couples who got married around the same time we did are already divorced. I can hear Luther Vandross singing the love ballot: A house is not a home. A house can have the appropriate objects—a chair, rooms, etc.—but still not be a home. The hook of the song says, “Turn this house into a home.”

I thank God that George and Courtney’s house is a home. Vandross says that love is what makes a house a home. I agree wholeheartedly with that. But we learn here that wisdom builds the house and understanding establishes it. Those couples that I mentioned a moment ago still love each other. But love isn’t enough to hold a family together. Wisdom gives us the tools to have an open and honest relationship. And the people in a home must always seek to understand one another. Make a house a home.

Everlasting Dawn of Progression 2017: Resolve to Live in Abundance

Father Hurley not only instructed us to celebrate his birthday, he instituted the Everlasting Dawn of Progression. February 24 is our spiritual New Year. Take time on this day to reflect on your spiritual life. What are you doing daily, weekly, and monthly to feed your spirit? What are you doing to obtain more wisdom, knowledge, and understanding? Do you have an established study regimen? Do you pray daily? Meditate daily? Fast weekly? There is so much work to be done.

I want everyone to be encouraged. Stay tuned to our ministry—http://FatherHurley.com. For those on Facebook: like our new public page— https://www.facebook.com/ghlknight. Subscribe to our YouTube channel— https://www.youtube.com/user/fatherhurley. We will start making new videos in the next 30 days. Let’s progress and prosper in 2017. Will you join me?

May peace and love abide with you one and all!

I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight
Written February 24, 2017

Buy the Truth (Proverbs 23:23)

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”—Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth is a strange phrase. Can you buy the truth? And if so, where is it sold? I really had a difficult time understanding this terminology. So, I looked up over a dozen modern translations and almost all of them stick with the phrase—buy the truth. So again I ask—how do you buy the truth?

The truth can be found in many places. We learn truth in math class. If we have three apples, then eat one, we have two apples left. Who can argue with that? We find truth in science. We find truth in ancient literature. For example, the Golden Rule—do unto others as you would have them do unto you—is truth. So truth can be found but where can we buy it?

Buy means to purchase or spend money on something. We spend money all the time—on one thing or another. College tuition has a price. Books have a price. I take buy the truth, then, to mean that we should invest financially in people, places, and things that reveal or teach the truth. And once we have the truth, we should not get rid of it or forget it. If I buy a couch today, I can sell it next year if I please. But the truth is too precious to ever let go. Treat it like a family heirloom. Treat the truth like a priceless work of art. Buy the truth!

Love All the Children (Proverbs 22:6)

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6

Children are the seeds of the change we desire. If we teach our children sound principles, we can completely change the world in only one or two generations. Education has always intrigued me. I’ve always tried to be a good example for the youth in my circle. At this stage in life and ministry, my desire is to expand this part of my heart and vision. The reason so many young people seem lost is because they aren’t taught. If a child’s parents are lost, what hope does the child have, except someone else interjects some wisdom, love, affection, mentorship, and guidance?

Our ministry is under a major renewal and this year we will start some type of mentorship initiative. What exactly? I’m not sure. But from what I’m seeing in the community, many children just need to know that someone cares. Young people also need economic empowerment. You may never become famous. And I may never have my name in lights. But together we can change the world. Each child that we touch changes the destiny of their entire bloodline. It has an exponential effect. Love all the children.

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