January 25, 2019

Proverbs 20:25 (NLT) — 25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

Before you make the promise think about if you are able to keep the promise. What must you do once the promise is made?

Proverbs 20:26 (NLT) — 26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them.

In America we wheel them to prison and feed them the wheat. Look where that’s got us. Apparently we weren’t thinking of the ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:27 (NLT) — 27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.

What a wonderful thing to know that I can’t hide anything from the Lord. I am glad that he will expose those hidden things. The things I hide are because I know that they are wrong but if I keep them hidden they will only lead to an ‘afterward’ of hurt, guilt and shame. Nothing good can come from those hidden things; better to release them to the Lord and be free. Then I can have a good ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:28 (NLT) — 28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.

O that we would have leaders that would be able to look ahead and see what they will harvest from failing to practice unfailing love and failing to be faithful to uphold our constitution and uphold the honor of God.

Proverbs 20:29 (NLT) — 29 The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

Rejoice and be grateful for what you have. The young usually are stronger than the old. The old are usually wiser than the young. If we use what we have and work together we will have a much brighter ‘afterward’.

Proverbs 20:30 (NLT) — 30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.

Cleanses = this is a purging medicine against evil. In other words a good spanking is medicine that fights against the evil virus:) A good spanking when it is deserved and when it is done in love can really make a difference in a child’s ‘afterward’. I feel sorry for the teachers that have children in their classrooms who are unruly and rude because they have never been properly disciplined to where they have a respect for authority and a healthy fear of God. I believe today that too many parents want to be their child’s friend instead of being the adult parent.

Jeremiah 10:24 (NLT) — 24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.

Proverbs 22:15 (NLT) — 15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

Proverbs 19:25 (NLT) — 25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Pastor Dan let your love and faithfulness shine God’s light on Denise’s celebration of life luau. Kathy and I wish we could have been there.