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Monday, December 31, 2012



1. The Bible will still have the answers.
2. Prayer will still work.
3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
6. There will still be singing of praise.
7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
8. There will still be room at the Cross.
9. Jesus will still love you.
10. Jesus will still save the lost.

I use these same predictions every year, and know they're true.

Be wise today and always - know that God never changes!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

No Other Name

The Bible presents Christ as the Son of God and the Son of Man. The heart of Christianity is the Person and work of Jesus Christ. No man can come to God except through Him.

Our History Recorded It. The birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem was no accident. It was the fulfillment of God's divine promise.
Our Hymns Reviewed It. Hymns emphasize the views of songwriters regarding the Person and work of Christ.
Our Hope Reaffirmed It. There is no other name through which pardon comes.

There is no other name in which we can trust. Amen?

Be wise today and always – come to Jesus there is no other name to be saved.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Light of the World

 This season has already started out with so many people being sick, and the threat of the disease is very real.. We need to remember during these trying and frightening times that Jesus brought forth light into the darkness. Over 90 years ago we faced similar conditions, but then as now we can celebrate Jesus as the light of the world.

 This was plainly seen by thousands of people during the American influenza epidemic of 1918. During the height of that plague, churches and all public gathering places were ordered closed. Yet more than ever, it was then that people needed hope and consolation. Burdened by his inability to reach out to people in their time of need, one resourceful pastor thought of the magnificent stained glass windows that graced his church. Those windows faced a major thoroughfare and were large and commanding in design. He had numerous floodlights placed inside the church; illumination through the glass to the outside world gave passers-by the full effect of the windows story.
 There for all to see were the matchless portrayals of Jesus: Jesus the good shepherd bearing a lamb on his bosom; Jesus the searching Savior rescuing the lone lost sheep while the ninety-nine rested safely on the fold; Jesus praying in Gethsemane; Jesus on the cross; Jesus triumphant in Resurrection glory. The silent sermons of light and stained glass spoke an eloquent message.

The Gospel of John puts it this way: The true light that gives light of every man was coming into the world. People who passed by the church would stop reverently, silently. They found themselves filled with new resolve and encouragement. They saw ever more clearly in that age of sickness the light of Christ glory which was coming into the world.

 Be wise today and always - celebrate Christ every day of the year

Thursday, December 27, 2012


The great song of Christmas, Joy to the World was written by English hymn writer Isaac Watts. The song was first published in 1719. We’ve enjoyed singing this song, let’s look at the Word that inspired it.

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the Lord, the King.Let the sea resound, and everything in it,  the world, and all who live in it.Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

Jesus came 2,000 years ago, and He is coming again!

Be wise today and always – be ready for His return

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

For Us

Is this true that unto to us a Child is born, and unto us a Son is given?

If we accept this gift of salvation then we too are reborn, and we are given to the Son. To give Him honor and glory all the days of our lives should be our

Isaiah 9:6 declares: For unto us a child is born, for unto us a son is given, and the governmentwill be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The characteristics and attributes of Jesus are described here with two word titles:

Wonderful Counselor - The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord Isaiah 11:2
Mighty God - and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:3-4
Everlasting Father - Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. John 14:9-10
Prince of Peace - Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

At this time of year, let’s remember who to focus on - Jesus And to focus on - our relationship with Him.

Be wise today and always – focus on Christ.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Real Story

The real and true story of Christmas is found in Luke chapter 2.
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ£ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14  “Glory to God in the highest,
      and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!

Be wise today and always - celebrate Christ in all you do this day.

Monday, December 24, 2012

One Life

This has been around for a long time, and I don’t know who wrote it. It always makes me think about Jesus’ impact on the world. Enjoy!

He was born in an obscure village,
Earthly riches were not important to Him
He did not travel extensively, only once did
He crossed the boundary of the country in which He lived,
In infancy He startled a King, in childhood He amazed Jewish leaders,
He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty.
He then became an itinerant preacher.
He never held office.
He never had a family or owned a house.
He didn’t go to college.
He had no credentials but himself.
He healed multitudes without medicine,
He made no charge for His service,
He never wrote a book, and yet all the libraries of the world could not hold the volumes that have been written about Him,
He never wrote a song, and yet He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters combined,
He never founded a College, but all the schools put together cannot boast of having as many students,
He never practiced psychiatry, and yet has healed more broken hearts than all the Doctors far and near,
He was only thirty-three when the public turned against him.
The devil tried to destroy Him, but the grave could not hold Him.
His Name stands highest of the heavenly glory, acknowledged by angels and feared by devils
Nineteen centuries have come and gone,
And today he is the central figure of the human race.
All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliaments that ever sat,
And all the kings that ever reigned
 have not affected the life of man on this earth
As much as that one solitary life.

Be wise today and always - have Merry and Spirit filled Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


This is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 that someone sent me recently. Please enjoy and think about it!

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china  and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

                      -Author Unknown

Saturday, December 22, 2012


There are three things we can learn from Simeon and Anna as found in Luke 2:21-40 about how have peace and contentment.

The third thing is that we need to prepare ourselves to receive God’s blessings.

Simeon was not a particularly important man, but he was known as a righteous and a devout man. In Greek that means “taking a good hold on something”. For him, God was at the center of this his life. Similarly, God was at the center of Anna’s life. She was constantly in the Temple day and night. She was known for her fasting and prayers. She was always worshiping God.

These were not CEO (Christmas and Easter Only) type of worshipers! Simeon and Anna were the type of worshipers who would have been present every time the church doors were opened. They were involved in nearly activity open to them, because they were dedicated people who loved God with all of their hearts, their souls and their minds.

It’s intriguing that it was ONLY to them that God revealed His message of peace.
You might be a Christian, but unless you commit yourself to putting God at the center of your life you’ll not only miss out on the peace of Christmas you’ll also miss out on a lot of other blessings from God.

Be wise today and always – put Christ at the center of all you do this Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2012


There are three things we can learn from Simeon and Anna as found in Luke 2:21-40 about how have peace and contentment.


The second one is that we need to look for Christ.
We have a little nativity scene at my church. My first Christmas there I found their tradition was that the manger was empty until Christmas Eve. No one told me so I thought Jesus was missing! Seriously it’s easy- lose Jesus this time of year. We must look for Jesus in what we do with our families, and truly keep Him as the reason for the season.

Simeon was looking for Jesus. He’d been promised by God and the highlight of his life is when he finally sees Jesus. Simeon prays in Luke
2:29; “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

What robs many people, including Christians, of the peace that Christmas can bring is that we get caught up in looking for everything but Jesus. And thus, the manger of Christmas becomes empty for us.

Where is Jesus at in your Christmas?

Be wise today and always – receive God’s peace.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


There are three things we can learn from Simeon and Anna as found in Luke 2:21-40 about how have peace and contentment.


The first is that Money (or Stuff) isn’t important.
One of the BIG stresses of this season is gifts. Who to buy for, what to buy, the busyness, and how can I afford it - are great stressors. Simeon & Anna didn’t fall into that trap. They were looking for the Messiah and who did they pick? They picked Jesus, this baby being carried by Joseph & Mary., they were part of the ordinary crowd of people like those who came into the Temple every day. If ANYTHING distinguished them – it was the fact that they were poor. Luke 2:21-24: When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”.

In other words, according to the law, a person of means who gave birth to a child was required to bring a lamb as their sacrifice. But a poor couple brought what Joseph & Mary offered: a couple of small birds. But, this couple’s poverty didn’t phase Simeon & Anna. They weren’t distracted by appearances. The Holy Spirit directed them, and wants to direct you to Him as well.

Be wise today and always – look for Christ everywhere this Christmas.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Heavenly Peace

Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. Many people say they would love to escape Christmas altogether. Some parts of the world have gained a reputation for violence at this time of the year.  It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The angels proclaimed; “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

How can we assure ourselves of that peace?

Luke introduces to us two people who meet the baby Jesus. The way that these two react to Jesus that may hold the secret. We can learn from Simeon & Anna how have peace and contentment.

 Jesus Presented in the Temple

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. -Luke 2:21-40

Be wise today and always – seek the living Lord.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Today is third day that we will be praying for specific needs for the poor. We will be looking at what God’s Word has to say and focus our daily prayers on three needs.

1. Healthcare Luke 10: 34-35 - He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.  The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

2. Education 2 Timothy 3:14-16 - But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,  and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

3. Employment 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 - and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,  so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Be wise today and always – pray that God’s plans and purposes are attainable for everyone.

Monday, December 17, 2012


For the next three days we will be praying for specific needs for the poor. We will be looking at what God’s Word has to say and focus our daily prayers on three needs.

1. Water Isaiah 41:17 -The poor and needy search for water,
    but there is none their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of
Israel, will not forsake them.

2. Food Proverbs 22:9 - The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

3. Shelter Isaiah 25:4 - You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall

Be wise today and always – pray that everyone will have their basic needs met this day and everyday.

Responding to Sorrow

Isaiah 53:4 says "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows..."

We surely have had our share of grief recently and are all horrified by massacre that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. We are heartsick, and grieved beyond words at this unspeakable evil. We cannot fathom the depth of the grief of the families who lost their children and their loved ones. For this to happen right before Christmas makes this a burden difficult to bear for those who have been directly affected.

May all of us, who ourselves are stricken with grief over this great atrocity, cling tight to Advent's message - that God came to us lovingly through a son to bring light into the darkness of humanity.

It is interesting (and appropriate) to hear the media refer to act as evil. Because if there is evil then there has to be good (so we know what evil is). Believers in Christ know that God is good, and He calls His people to prayer during time of national crisis.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 - if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.

Be wise today and always – seek God’s face.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Petitions for the Poor

For the next three days we will be praying for specific needs for the poor. We will be looking at what God’s Word has to say and focus our daily prayers on three needs.

1. Salvation Luke 4:18 - “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me  to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

2. Justice Psalm 140:12 - I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

3. Safety Psalm 12:5 - Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,  I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.”

Be wise today and always – pray that God’s mercy is seen by all.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Real Love

We have been following the Pray for Hope guidelines in praying for the poor and suffering from the Word of God. Today we will consider:

3. Pray for God’s Love
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 33-37

Be wise today and always – pray that you can show God’s love in a real way.

Friday, December 14, 2012


Over the few days we will be following the Pray for Hope guidelines in praying for the poor and suffering from the Word of God. Today we will consider:

2. Pray for God’s Power
22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. 23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” 26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9: 22-29

Be wise today and always – tap in to the power source as you pray.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Compass for Compassion

Over the few days we will be following the Pray for Hope guidelines in praying for the poor and suffering from the Word of God. Today we will consider:

1. Pray for God’s Workers
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary[and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9: 35-38

Be wise today and always – pray for those who are Jesus’ hands and feet.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Today is a global day of prayer for the poor and suffering

The ministry of Jesus Christ is undeniably marked with His love and compassion for the poor and suffering. Likewise, the first century church and its leaders such as the Apostle Paul made it a priority to remember the poor.

In honor of the life of Jesus Christ and the timeless tradition of genuine Christianity, Convoy of Hope invites you to remember the world’s poor in prayer.

Pray for Hope 12.12 is an annual global day of prayer for the poor and suffering. 12.12 is a day to ask God to raise up workers, full of His love and power, to serve those in poverty. 12.12 is a day to petition God for salvation, justice, safety, water, food, shelter, healthcare, education and employment for the world’s needy.

All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along. - Galatians 2:10


Be wise today and always - pray for the poor and suffering.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Christmas began as a very humble event, an event that exhibited the greatest humility the world has ever seen—the God of glory being laid in a cattle trough.

Look at Luke 1:39–54;  39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

    holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful

How can we observe Christmas with the personal humility that reflects our Savior?

Be wise today and always - God gives grace to the humble.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Reason

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. 

Be wise today and always - be God's servant.