American Holocaust

Paul J. Brinkerhoff

READ : Proverbs 31:1-9 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . (v. 8 niv) God calls us to stand beside the weak, the victimized, and to stand up for the voiceless. But not everyone claiming to “defend the rights of the poor and needy” judges them fairly (v. 9). My sister was born the year the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in America. On the dark day of decision a majority of the justices failed …

My Daily Bread

Paul J. Brinkerhoff

READ : Proverbs 30:7-9 Give me only my daily bread. (v. 8 niv) Too much or too little of a good thing can be bad. Riches can tempt us to forget God, just as poverty can tempt us to steal and thus dishonor his name. God’s wisdom in a prayerful proverb steers us straight: “Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread” (Prov. 30:8 niv). When reading this proverb, recall the exodus story when God …

The Book Belongs to the Author

Paul J. Brinkerhoff

READ : Proverbs 30:5-6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. (v. 6 niv) Maxwell E. Perkins, editor of such American literary greats as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Earnest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, admonished his fellow editors when he declared, “The book belongs to the author.” The same can be said of the Bible and its author. While there were nearly 40 human authors whom God selected to write his words of …

God Willing

Paul J. Brinkerhoff

READ : Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. (niv) In earlier times, Christians would sometimes insert the abbreviation DV after a statement or when talking about their plans. The letters D and V together stand for the Latin phrase Deo volente, which means “God willing.” By using these two letters this way when we say we’re going to do something, we qualify our intention and defer to God, …