Thanksgiving – what a day

Between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, many of us are already pulled apart at the seams trying to get that last minute dish in the microwave while thinking of the last minute idea of what store to get to for Black Friday.  Our family loves Black Friday for the sales, the hype, and the fun at shopping, well, at least the girls in my family.  I am the bag, box, and clothes holder while the girls shop for other bags, boxes, and clothes.

Remember that for this Thanksgiving to give thanks to the One above for his love, salvation, mercy, and Grace.  We will become busy by Wednesday then forget the one important thing in our lives, giving Thanks to Him.

Happy Thanksgiving

Pastor Les Leckron

Proverbs 1:8 – 9

“A pretty necklace of obedience”

Proverbs 1:8 – 9 “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

My wife and I were shopping in San Francisco’s China town on our last vacation.  Like many women, my wife wanted to shop for jewelry, however, she likes Asian jewelry – jades and gold.  After several minutes of looking at the glass case, she spotted this one jade of a black color with gold Chinese lettering.  She asked the sales person behind the counter to display it and for her to try it on.  She then asked me how I liked the jade.  As a typical husband, I expressed my “I like it” since she likes it.  She bought it.  Within a few days of wearing it, some of her family members and friends expressed their “Wow” to it and asked her about where she purchased it.

The writer conveys this analogy of jewelry about the next in relation to obeying and honoring of the parents in verses 8 – 9.  As we obey our parents in the Lord, Ephesians 6:1, our lives begin to mold and shape and practice the principles our parents teach us.  Even the child that obeys or mimics the parent that does not practice scriptural discipline, that child will grow and practice as an adult what he or she learned as a child.  Then just as a pretty necklace around the neck of a woman, it will be noticed and commented upon in life.

Allow God’s working in your life to obey and honor your parents for it will “be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

Prov 22:7

“Ball and chained to the credit cards”

Prov 22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

I was a bill collector for 9 years, part of which I while I attended Bible College.  In those 9 years, I have heard EVERY excuse under the sun as to why someone could not pay their bill and even new excuses were invented while the debtor was on the phone.  However, it only took a matter of calls before I realized that the debtor I was calling was “ball and chained” to the company I worked for at the time.  The debtor could not escape my calls, nor hide from us; neither absolve themselves from the debt.  They were a “servant to the lender”.  While I collected from these customers, they always shared with me some sad story of how they could not take their family out on a vacation or take their kids to McDonald’s.  I personally did not take it to heart for they made their own choices.

But this made me think of those Christians who live under the idea they can just borrow money at any time to have what they want:  televisions, furniture, expensive household items, and even a car.  Over 20 years ago, most people did not understand how finance charges work and how it hurts the pocket book.  But with the internet, easy access to information, people are learning how finance charges work and how it hurts the pocket book, yet, they still put themselves in debt and become a “servant to the lender.”

This in turn restricts the Believer in allowing God to use them financially to support their church in missions giving, special offerings, and even paying the tithe to the local church.  Because they are a servant to the lender, the lender does not allow the believer to serve in the church as they should.  The rule of thumb when it comes to finances, if you don’t have the cash, don’t buy the item.

When it comes to cars and houses, many people finance those items since it is difficult to come up with that amount of cash.  Learn a lesson from the virtuous woman in Prov 31:16 “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”  This woman really puts thought into what she is Buying:  She does not put it on credit, but with the work of her hands and the fruit of her labor, she is able to buy the land with the money she earned, saved, and possibly invested (studying more on Prov 31).  It might do us some good to work hard on saving money to purchase a large time.  You would be surprised as to how much you can save in a matter of time.

Don’t become a servant to sin but become a servant to the Savior.

Proverbs 7:5

“Deep and Wide”

Prov 7:5 “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.”

One night after my night job, my wife told me to go to Wal-Mart and purchase some items needed in the house.  The time was late and most people were already in bed, I figured the lines would be short.  Yet, to my surprise, the cashier lines were long.  Rather than wait in line, I figured I would browse the aisles a bit before stepping into the lines, hoping they would diminish.  As I perused the store, I ran across a bin of old DVD moves on sale.  I figured I would too look into the pool of DVD’s and search for any interesting movies holding that classic title.  Many of them were 10 years old, movies I have already own or viewed.  As I dug deeper into the bin, I realized I hit bottom of the bin and saw one DVD movie I thought was placed by mistake, however, it was labeled on sale for $5.00 and holding a recent title.  I actually found a DVD that was new with a title.

Although this has nothing to do with counsel or understanding, the illustration to the above story is the figure of the deep bin.  Digging deeper and deeper in the bin, I found something worth more than it is worth.  Often times, counsel is just that, worth more than it is worth at the time of advice.  In life, we will experience the trauma of pain, grief, and fear and sometimes confusion, doubt, and uncertainty.  However, it is the counsel we seek from the Word of God that gives us direction and clarity to those feelings we experience on a day to day basis.  It is the depth and width of that counsel that provides stability and continuity for us to deal with in the negative aspects of life.  Understanding is therefore drawn out and applied.

Counsel adhered to in the heart is like deep waters, worth more than it is worth and understanding that counsel at the right time brings understanding.

 

Where have I been?

Wow!  Finally, I got this video to work.  Nevertheless, here it is.  I hope that it makes sense as to WHY I have not been on line with devotions, updates, etc…  Enjoy!

 

I’m Back

It has been three months since my injury to my ankle.  I have not talked about this much but you may have noticed I have not been on line very much with my VLOG.  Due to the extent of my injury, it has prevented me from keeping up to date with my entries.  However, now that i am much better, but still healing, I can concentrate on my VLOGs.  I will update my VLOG on Tuesday, July 16 with an updated story of my injury and then go on with regular entries.

Thank you for those that have prayed for me and continued to help me in taking over some of my responsibilities.  The Lord will bless your efforts.

Prov 14:23

Labor for hire

“In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

My mother told men when I was a child that if I wanted something, I had to work for it.  I never understood that statement until we walked into a toy store and I saw a remote control car.  I asked my mother for it but she repeated her statement, “If you want something, you have to work for it.”  It was then I understood that I had to work around the house to get the toy.

I spent the next year asking my mom for extra chores to earn the toy.  By the time I saved enough money to buy the remote control car, I lost interest in the toy and spent my money on something else that I cannot remember.  However, I do remember that it felt good to work for the money and able to buy something that was mine.

However, that principle did not stick with me very long for I started to steal for the things I wanted.  Then I practiced the second part of the verse, “but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury”.  I ended up lying on how I got the items and the money.  Eventually, when people realized I was lying, I lost their trust.

Labor, regardless of the type: earning money, or working for an item, or simply assisting someone from the heart, is a profit.

Proverbs 13:3

Learn to be quiet!

I remember when my dad took me out the first time after I received my driver’s license, I was so excited.  Often times, he would let me drive by myself but when he was in the car, he drove.  However, it was his birthday, and he wanted to eat out for dinner and take it easy for the night so he let me drive.  We drive up towards Seattle and we were no than 4 miles away from our home when I was pulled over by the Renton police.  My father told me to not argue with the officer and simply give him the respect he deserves and say ‘Yes, Sir.  No, Sir.’.  I learned I was pulled over for inappropriate lane change (without signaling).  I believed I turned on my signal but the officer said I did not.  I did not express my thought, my beleifs, nor the rules of the road to him; I simply followed my dad’s advice of saying ‘Yes, Sir.  No, Sir.’  Within 3 minutes, the officer let me off with a warning saying, “Most people would have argued thier way out of a ticket, yet, you were kind and respectful, therefore, I will let you off with a warning:  use your signal.”

The writer here in Proverbs 13:3 tells us, in today’s venacular, “Keep your mouth shut for it is better for you.”  We also read in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” then further in the chapter in verse 7, we read, “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”, in other words, there is a right time to talk and a right time to keep silence.  Although I felt that I used my blinker and the officer did not, it was not a time to speak.  In my years as a Sign language Interpreter and Pastor, I have learned that when an officer of the law issues you a citation on the road or highway, that is not the time to speak or argue, for he or she is simply following the law according his or her training and observations.  It is in the court of law that you speak and argue your point.

However, and I will make this note, I have seen very few times, where a driver will “question” the officer and the call and then drove away with a warning.

Proverbs 7:2

Apple of your eye

“Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye”

Idioms are often times difficult to interpret for the Deaf, or even in some other languages.  I was interpreting for a Deaf couple years ago and the speaker used numerous idioms, many of which were easy, some moderate, many difficult.  I recall when the speaker talked about his high school sweetheart, he called her, “the apple of his eye”.  I knew what it meant, I interpreted the deeper meaning, but the Deaf wife caught the mouth of the speaker when he said apple.  The puzzled look on her face said it all:  what did he mean by apple?  After the session, she approached the speaker privately, using me to interpret.  She asked him, “Why would you call your wife’s eye an apple?”  Several minutes passed, and repetitive explanations later, the wife finally understood the idiom of the apple of his eye:  she was special to him in high school.

This Idiom is not new, but as old as the Word of God.  It is record for all eternity to each Believer to consiger His Word precious to us; the Apple of our Eye.  We speak of our spouses as speical, our girl or boyfriends unique, and even sometimes our children exceptional.  However, we must uphold, as the writer states, to call His Word the Apple of our eye: special to us.

 

 

Proverbs 6:6 – 8

The Ant is our Teacher

6. Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

As teenagers, my brother and I were on total opposites of the pendulum when it came to saving money.  Jeff, my brother, was and still is good at earning more money than I and saving it, and very wise at spending it as well.  While on the other hand, I was on the incline of spending and wasting it.  I found when it was time to go out with my friends; I did not have a dime to my name.

We are instructed by the writer of Proverbs to study the ant and her ways of gathering food.  First of all, I would like to point out that the writer immediately states the gender of the ant, a female.  For the male ants are used to mate then left for food back at the nest.  Ants are very methodic in their hunt for food, preservation of their colony, and systematic in their daily life, all by no order of a leader.

We are to prepare for the current time and for the future.  The sluggard, the lazy person does not prepare in advance is then become dependent upon people.  They beg, borrow, and even steal just to survive.  Study the anta and survive