Week 31 Thursday


Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 14-15

Key verse: Proverbs 14:15

     Time for a little practical advice.

     Remember that old saying about there being a “sucker” born every minute?  Turns out Solomon offered that same advice a couple of thousand years before it was ever said.

“The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”

We live in a complicated world.  And, sadly, it is filled with all sorts of people who would just love to sell you a lot of nonsense.  I don’t just mean those who actually want to literally sell you something you don’t need…I mean those who want to get you to believe their particular

  • Brand of religion
  • Philosophy about life
  • Ideas on how relationships work
  • Thoughts on how to succeed
  • Political ideas
  • Favorite drug of choice
  • And much more

So – be savvy.  Be, as Jesus put it, “wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”  Be open to others; willing to share of yourself; willing to share your faith and a bit of God’s grace – but also watch your back and don’t let those who “live on the dark side” take you in for their own purposes.

The world can be a beautiful place.

It can also be a very dark and ugly place.

And sometimes, it all comes down to how gullible you are – or aren’t.

Prayer: Lord, help me to have discernment and wisdom, so as to follow your guidance and let the world’s nonsense be.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


  1. Hi there Paul,
    Yes, we must be ever alert!
    Hope to get a car load over to hear a sermon before too long. Whenever the snow and ice clear up.
    Bill Heath

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