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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Proverbs 2:16-19

Proverbs 2:16-10 (KJV)  16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:16-19 (NKJV)  16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—

Proverbs 2:16-19 (NIV) 16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.
18 Surely her house leads down to death
and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
or attain the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:16-19 (NLT)  16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
17 She has abandoned her husband
and ignores the covenant she made before God.
18 Entering her house leads to death;
it is the road to the grave.
19 The man who visits her is doomed.
He will never reach the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:16-19 (CEV)  16 Wisdom will protect you
from the smooth talk
of a sinful woman,
17 who breaks her wedding vows
and leaves the man she married
when she was young.
18 The road to her house leads down
to the dark world
of the dead.
19 Visit her, and you will never
find the road to life again.

In the King James Version (KJV), this woman is "strange" as from another family and a "stranger" as from another nation.

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
from the forbidden - זָרָ֑ה (zā·rāh) - Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2114: To turn aside, to be a, foreigner, strange, profane, to commit adultery

from the stranger - מִ֝נָּכְרִיָּ֗ה (min·nā·ḵə·rî·yāh) - Preposition-m | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5237: Foreign, alien

King Solomon had married many foreign women, and it seems marrying women from other nations, heathen nations, was a disturbing practice. These women were bringing idolatry and immorality into their new homes, new nation.

1 Kings 11:1-13 (NIV)  11 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.
9 The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. 11 So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

King Solomon knew what he was talking about from his own personal experience and he would warn the reader.

This woman flatters you with her words, seductive and enticing words, smooth talk. She tries to persuade you with her flattering talk, flirting. But godly wisdom would tell you her flirting and flattery are to be avoided because it leads to ruin. You will lose the trust of your wife and family. A dalliance with an immoral woman (or man) will break apart your marriage and family. Affairs, over the entire history of mankind, have never ended well. Why do you think you would be any different? Satan uses another woman, or man, to entice you and seduce you so he can destroy you. Godly wisdom shows you the truth of sexual immorality and opens your eyes to the consequences. But satan would deceive and dress it up to look good. Godly wisdom would warn you it's not worth it. Godly wisdom will see through the deception and keep you clear headed. Godly wisdom keeps you humble so you don't fall for the insincere flattery.

A woman (or man) who lives like that is sinful, immoral, promiscuous, adulterous, wayward and a seductress. They are unfaithful to their first love, their spouse, the "husband of her youth".

Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Malachi 2:13-16 13 Here is another thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. 14 You cry out, “Why doesn’t the LORD accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the LORD witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.
15 Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.

Betraying your spouse is cruel because you have been companions since youth. You made vows before God and men to be faithful and to protect and provide for each other. You have become one in all matters of intimacy. You have memories together. You have shared history. You have accepted each other's families. Your spouse has every reason to believe it's forever, that your marriage is safe and secure. To betray that is cruel and uniquely destructive. You are not only destroying your spouse but yourself.

A covenant is a formal, solemn, and binding agreement; a compact; a contract. Christians see marriage as a sacred covenant because the vows are made before God and witnessed by others. Our vows include contractual responsibilities and obligations. We promise, before God, to take this man/woman as our husband/wife to be faithful, true and forsaking all others. We promise "to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, til death do us part. This is our solemn vow".

A wedding is not a fancy dress party. It is an occasion that has life changing meaning. Many think of a wedding as a big party with the ceremony as a focal point, but not that important. They see the marriage vows as a loose agreement, "I love you right now and if things go my way and I'm happy, we will remain together. But if I fall out of love, or fall in love with someone else, or things don't go my way, or if you get ugly, fat or old... then all bets are off!" It's very self-concentric. It's all about you and as long as things go your way, you get what you want out of the relationship, then you are "committed". But the commitment disappears whenever something better comes along or your feelings change or things don't go your way.

A marriage is a lifetime commitment and is for life. Marriage was an institution begun by God BEFORE the fall of man to sin! Adam and Eve were married by God!

Genesis 2:18, 21-24 (NLT)  18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”...21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.
“This one is bone from my bone,
and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
because she was taken from ‘man.’”
24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

God created marriage between a man and a woman to reflect His relationship with His people. The church is the bride of Christ. God loves us and wants to be with us. He desires us and was willing to do anything to bring us to Himself. He has made covenantal promises to His people and He has always been faithful to His covenants and therefore to His people. Has His wife been faithful to Him? The whole Old Testament gives the story of how Israel, God's people in Old Testament times, were NOT faithful to Him. They ran after idols and left their first love. They fell for flattery and seduction from other heathen nations. Sin, especially idolatry, is the adulterous woman, the prostitute, who lures naive people to rebel against their faithful and loving God. It leads to destruction.

Our marriage should be a living witness and testimony of what faithful commitment, love and fulfilling obligations and responsibilities is all about. Our marriage should be a witness of how God loves His people, is faithfully committed to them and loves them. He protects, provides and loves us. He meets all the contractual obligations to us and never leaves us or forsakes us.

If we follow after sin and idolatry, we do so to our own destruction. Sin brings misery. If you are not saved through Jesus Christ, then sin also leads to everlasting punishment in the Lake of Fire. If you are saved through Jesus Christ, you suffer the consequences of sin. You will go to Heaven and eternal bliss, but your rewards from Christ are based on your deeds and words. So your eternal rewards are affected by your sins. You suffer here in life and lose rewards in Heaven. The consequences are not worth the fleeting pleasure. Godly wisdom would reveal this to you.

  • If you've been married, how serious did you see your marriage vows when you made them? Did you realize how life changing they were?
  • If you've never been married, does it change your thoughts on marriage when you realize how serious the vows are? How would you emphasize the covenant commitment you would be making in your own wedding?
  • If you are married, does your marriage reflect God's faithfulness, love and commitment to His people?
  • What does God say about divorce?
  • If your relationship with your spouse isn't reflecting God's relationship with His people, why?
  • If the answer is no, what can you do to show your spouse that same kind of love God shows His people? It is your responsibility to do your part and leave your spouse to God. Eventually they should respond to your new commitment and love. God can work in your spouse just like He did you. If you are obedient and trusting God for results, it should lighten your load.
  • God remains ever faithful, committed, loving and meets all His obligations despite His people's waywardness and adultery (running after other gods). If your spouse betrays you and does not keep their vows and contractual obligations, how does that affect you and the vows you made?
  • Did God ever give up on those who rejected Him and rebelled against Him, i.e. divorce them? (There is a yes and no answer to this. Think through it.)
  • Are there any godly reasons for divorce?
  • If you are in a toxic marriage, are there godly ways to handle it without resorting to divorce?
  • Have you been tempted to commit adultery? How did they get to you? Satan will have tailored a temptation to your particular weakness. What is your weakness?
  • If you fell to the temptation, were the consequences worth it? How do you feel about yourself and what you've done to your family? (If you are in this situation, you can repent and ask for forgiveness. Confess your sins and He will forgive you and help you to overcome the consequences.)
  • Have you experienced godly wisdom that kept you out of trouble? Thank God for it.

For all my studies on Proverbs click HERE.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Autumn 1977

Stan and I were married in September 1977 and my sister took some photos of us goofing around one day in October, 1977. Here are the digital scrapbook pages I made using those old photos.

Proverbs 2:12-15

Proverbs 2:12-15 (NAS)
      11 Discretion will guard you,
            Understanding will watch over you,
      12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
            From the man who speaks perverse things;
      13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
            To walk in the ways of darkness;
      14 Who delight in doing evil
            And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
      15 Whose paths are crooked,
            And who are devious in their ways;

Proverbs 2:12-15 (NLT)
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.


  1. willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
  2. characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition:
  3. a perverse mood.
  4. wayward or cantankerous.
  5. persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
  6. turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.

There are people who willfully reject what is right and who would turn you away as well. They like wickedness, evil, perversion, and "dark ways". These verses say they "delight" in doing wrong and "rejoice" in evil. They are purposefully offensive, contrary, rebellious, and obstinate. They are abandoned to sin and their hearts are hardened. They not only are attracted to sin but celebrate it, they have no shame.

And these people like to take others down with them. They want to convince others to go with them. They first present it as fun and invite you to have a good time. They are deceptive. Their kind of "fun" is anything but fun. It leads to the bondage of sin and the consequences of sin. Godly wisdom will give you discernment and show you what is really involved so you can avoid the miseries they suffer.

Just recently our local library added a Drag Queen Story Hour. I am appalled and cannot understand how they could possibly think this appropriate for children? It's one thing for an adult to make their own decision about indulging their sexual perversions. That's between them and God. But it's another to entice others into their perverted world and much worse to lure children into it. They dress like clowns but want to be treated seriously and insist that they be allowed to read homosexual children's books to children in a public library. In all wisdom and commonsense there is absolutely no reason to do this and subject children to such lurid topics. Leave the children out of it. It's not about hate, it's about commonsense. If you are so far gone into this perverse lifestyle, that's your choice, but you don't have to entice, persuade, lure and fascinate little children with it. They don't have the wisdom and discernment yet to understand and properly reason on these type subjects. There is absolutely no good reason for grown men to want to teach children about sexual things. They have one agenda in mind, whether they admit it or not, and that is to lure children into their lifestyles. It's a type of propaganda. They are grooming children for sex. And parents, who are educated adults with experience under their belt, should be wiser than to fall for it!!!

I don't hate homosexuals. They are sinners just like me. They need the Lord. When we don't tell them the truth about their sin, they become more and more enslaved to it. It rules their entire lives. We could be pointing them to the only way out, through Jesus Christ. We could be pointing them to their way of escape from eternal damnation through Jesus Christ. But instead, our society has totally twisted it into a "lifestyle choice" and anyone who disagrees is a hater and homophobe. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. Their sin is no worse than mine. All sin is addictive and leads to misery and heartache. Sin separates us from God. The only way to salvation is by repenting and asking Jesus to forgive us and be Lord of our life. When we believe in Jesus the bondage to sin is broken and we are no longer separated from God. We are saved. Do we still sin? Unfortunately, yes. Do we still experience the consequences of our sin? Yes, although we are saved for eternity. A Christian who sins is still forgiven and his eternal state is secure but he loses rewards in Heaven. As we are saved, the Holy Spirit moves in and lives in us to help us grow in Christ. He can help us learn, see things properly, give us discernment and godly wisdom, teaches us the things of God. And, when we cooperate, He empowers us to follow God's ways.

If I hate a homosexual for his/her sin then I hate myself for my sin. So it isn't about hating them. It's about loving them enough to show them a better way and then praying they follow God. Once they know the truth, it becomes between them and God. If they don't know the truth, it's my fault. If they know the truth and choose to reject God, that's their fault. Someone told me the truth about Jesus and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. But I could have just as easily rejected Jesus. I don't hold myself any higher than any other human being. We all come into this world as sinners and we all are faced with the choice of accepting Jesus or rejecting Jesus. So we are on an equal plane until we make our choice. Then we diverge to go our separate ways.

Matthew 7:13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way."

Now, back to our verses this morning, let's think more deeply about them and how they may apply to your life.

  • Have you ever been invited to do something that you know is wrong and will lead to problems?
  • Did you listen to the small voice inside and avoid trouble by declining? Did you hear about problems later that you avoided and it made you glad you didn't go or participate?
  • Have you disregarded the small voice inside and gone anyway? Was it worth the problems it created? Were you ashamed you participated?
  • Are their "friends" in your life who always want you to do the wrong thing? They always seem to get you in trouble? They make you feel bad if you don't do the wrong things they push you to do? It's called peer pressure. How do they make you feel?
  • Is it worth having them for friends?
  • Have you experienced consequences from situations that could have been avoided if you hadn't listened to bad friends?
  • Have you been a good friend to someone who is tempted to do things that aren't good for them? Have you encouraged them to do right things and to make better choices? Have you been a good influence in their lives? Have you told them about Jesus?
  • Have you ever been teased and ridiculed because you made good choices and don't do the things they pressure you to do?
  • Have you learned yet how to withstand peer pressure?

For all my studies on Proverbs click HERE.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Proverbs 2:9-11

Proverbs 2:9-11 (NKJV)  9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,

Proverbs 2:9-11 (NLT) 9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11 Wise choices will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you safe.

In my last study on Proverbs 2:1-10, we talked about seeking wisdom, desiring it. You can pray those first 10 verses for yourself to ask God for His wisdom.

Psalm 25:8-9 8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore He shows sinners the way.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them His way.

Psalm 32:8-9 (NLT)  8 The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

It is only with God's wisdom that we will discern what is "right, just and fair."

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
you will discern - תָּ֭בִין (tā·ḇîn) - Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 995: To separate mentally, understand

righteousness - צֶ֣דֶק (ṣe·ḏeq) - Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6664: The right, equity, prosperity
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon adds righteousness, as ethically right

and justice - וּמִשְׁפָּ֑ט (ū·miš·pāṭ) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

and equity - וּ֝מֵישָׁרִ֗ים (ū·mê·šā·rîm) - Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4339: Evenness, prosperity, concord, straightness, rectitude
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon adds uprightness and equity in an ethical sense

every - כָּל־ (kāl-) - Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

good - טֽוֹב׃ (ṭō·wḇ) - Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

path - מַעְגַּל־ (ma‘·gal-) - Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4570: An entrenchment, track

You can go to law school and get your law degree, but that only means you've learned facts. You can learn how to research a case; present a case; what documentation you need; learn about courtroom procedures; and, how tos. But you still haven't learned how to walk and administer what is right, just and fair. You need God to help you judge rightly, with equity and true justice.

Godly wisdom in matters of ethics and justice is desperately needed in our world today. Why? Because no human being can possibly know all the variables involved in every situation. We are not mind readers and we can't know everything. But God does and He knows when to show mercy and when to be firm. He knows when discipline will work on someone to change their ways and when it won't. He knows when it's right to put to death someone for the greater good and when it's right to show mercy. To do it right, you still need God.

Too often people either rely on the letter of the law; they rely on their ability to interpret the law; or, they downright corrupt the law, deliberately and with malice.

By relying on the letter of the law, people are essentially saying the Law is their god. They think they can make a law to fit every situation and then rely on it rather than rely on God and ask for His wisdom. There is no commonsense, no understanding, no discernment. There is the Law, the facts of the case, the punishment... no need for God.

If you've never read the 1862 novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, you should. And read it before you go see the musical. It examines the nature of law and grace. The main character is Jean Valjean who is released from 19 years of prison for stealing bread for his starving family. Wherever he goes, he is required to show his yellow passport which marks him as a former convict. Of course, everyone is afraid of him and run him out of village after village. He is becoming angry and bitter, until he finds a a Bishop Myriel who takes him for supper and a bed for the night. While there under Bishop Myriels' hospitality, he sees the Bishop's silver candlesticks and silverware. In the night, he gets up and sneaks down to steal the silverware and runs off. Inspector Javert captures Valjean and brings him to the Bishop. The Bishop denies the theft and even tells Jean he forgot the silver candlesticks too. Javert has to let Valjean go and Javert leaves. The Bishop then tells Valjean to take the silver and use it to become an honest man and Valjean does. The rest of his life is helping others. He uses the silver and begins a business that does very well, making him wealthy. No one knows he is Jean Valjean, they believe him to be Monsieur Madeleine. He even becomes mayor of the village. One of the workers he hires is a consumptive named Fantine who is being bullied in the streets. She has a daughter named Cosette whom she leaves in the care of a family named the Thenardiers and pays them to take care of her. Only, the family harshly abuse the girl and treat her like a slave. Meanwhile Fantine is finally fired because she is so sick she cannot work. She is abused in the streets by a young man whom she strikes and she is arrested for it. Jean Valjean intervenes and takes her in and nurses her until she dies. She tells him about Cosette. Meanwhile, a different man has been identified as Jean Valjean and confesses to a crime and is to be tried. Javert has found out that Monsieur Madeleine is really Jean Valjean and he tells Valjean an innocent man is going to be convicted. Valjean cannot let an innocent man die so he reveals his true identity and that he is an ex-convict hiding under an alias. He is sentenced to death and the sentence commuted to life. He is able to escape by faking his death and goes looking for little Cosette. He finds her and realizes she's been abused and mistreated. He tells the family he will take Cosette and pays them an exorbitant sum. He leaves, taking Cosette, but the Thenardier decides there may be more money where that came from and begins to demand more money but Valjean and Cosette escape to Paris. They live a private life and she goes to school. She meets Marius Pontmercy who is a liberal that has become involved in an attempted political revolt. They fall in love and the family who had abused little Cosette reappears on the scene in plots to hurt Cosette and Valjean. In the end, Valjean learns of Marius' love for Cosette, yet he is involved in the revolt and in danger. So Valjean goes to help Marius and is in time to save Inspector Javert's life by offering to take him off and execute him but he shoots in the air and let's Javert go. Marius is injured and unconscious. Valjean carries him to safety through the sewers. As he emerges from the sewers there is Inspector Javert waiting to arrest him. Valjean asks him to allow him to take Marius home first. Javert walks the streets realizing he is caught between the letter of the law and the mercy of God. He cannot justify one to the other in his mind. If he shows mercy, he is betraying the law and the job he has as a policeman. If he follows the law, he is convicting a good man to certain execution, a man who saved his life. He feels a great duty to the law and to the authorities but he knows, in this case, it is wrong. Unable to cope with the dilemma, he commits suicide. When Marius finds out Valjean is an ex-convict and is an escapee, he is horrified and tells Valjean to leave Cosette alone. Valjean loses the desire to live and is near death when Marius comes to his senses. He and Cosette go to his bedside and are reconciled before Valjean dies.

There are people out there who would make the Law their god, as did Inspector Javert. As long as the law tells them what to do, they don't have to ask God for wisdom. They rely solely on the Law and legal proceedings without seeking God about what is really right/wrong, fair/unfair, just/unjust. "It's not my responsibility, I'm just following the law".

Then there are those who rely on their interpretation of the law. In this case, they become their own gods. What makes sense to them, and benefits them, is their reasoning. Again, no human being can know everything but these people think they do. They like playing God and having power over other people. They use the law and legal proceedings to do what they want to do. Lawsuits are bread and butter to them. They almost make a professional career of tying up the courts. They sue because they want money. They sue because they want to be malicious and hurt people they don't like. They sue to get revenge on someone. They sue because they like to sue. They use the Law as a bullying weapon or to extort money.

And, finally, there are people who deliberately corrupt the law and use the justice system to feather their own nests, make money, gain power, or make their careers. They love playing the game to see how far they can go in corruption without being caught or facing consequences. They walk softly but carry the big stick of the Law to scare people into taking what they want. Usually these are people within the justice system. Attorneys, judges, law practises, politicians, policemen, politicians who make laws, even judicial staff members who keep their eye out for ways to subvert the laws to make money or move up the ladder to success. They take bribes, they look the other way, they warn criminals for payoffs, they take criminal clients and finagle the Law to get them off. Many law practises make a good living from helping companies find loopholes. There are lobbying consultants who make good money off of applying the right kind of "pressure" on lawmakers to get what they want for their clients. There are lawmakers who take money for votes and wiggle around in the system to make fortunes. They don't care the least wit about the little people, all they care about is getting what they want and avoiding any consequences for getting it. The know they are robbing the taxpayers and they don't care.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 (NIV)  1 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men a 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Let's read it again in a more modern version:
1 Corinthians 6:1-11 (NLT)  1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 2 Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? 3 Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 4 If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? 5 I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? 6 But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers!
7 Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers.
9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

It's pretty specific that Christians should not be tying up courts and the legal system for frivolous civil lawsuits. We should be able to work things out respectfully and calmly between ourselves through mediation and arbitration. And then we should know when to walk away even if it means a loss to us.

If you’re sued by a non-Christian, you may not have an opportunity to seek reconciliation and resolution anywhere except in a court of law and you should defend yourself.

Romans 13:1-7 (NLT)  1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.

The government should be a service to us. One that helps, protects and takes care of justice matters. But we are not to abuse the system or take advantage of the system for frivolous and greedy purposes. We are to be properly respectful, thankful and participative in that we obey the laws and pay our taxes. We should not abuse government workers but be respectful and helpful. That means the police, the courts, the court staff, the justices, the parking lot attendants. They are doing their jobs.

What about our government, or government representatives and staff, who abuse us? Those who demand bribes, corrupt the system, use their power for tyranny over one or many? Obedience is to God first. We are to realize that, as Christians, we are first and foremost citizens of God's kingdom. We are commanded to be peacemakers but we are also commanded to help others. There is a balance and God is in the balance so we must seek God to reach that balance.

And we are back to our scripture today. It is imperative to seek God and His wisdom to know what to do in all the different situations each of us come to. Sometimes it's an easy decision to make. But sometimes it's much more difficult and many shades of gray and complications with results. We must guard against trying to play God and we must guard against pride, deceit, greed, and corruption. We must seek God to walk our way through a worldly minefield and be able to do what we feel God would have us to do and then leave the results in His very capable Hands.

  1. As you read this, did some examples come to your mind? Have you seen violations and abuses on either side of the justice system?
  2. Have you ever said, "If so-and-so would just have done this..."? Boy, I have! Does that indicate you are judging someone? Or do you think, if they listened to you, the results would be better? as in control? as in playing God? Or maybe you are having difficulty trusting God about the situation and the results?
  3. Have you sought God's wisdom on a matter before? Maybe you never thought about asking God for wisdom about mundane matters and this is new to you.
  4. Have you struggled with seeking God's wisdom about something and then allowing Him to work without your help? It's one thing to be obedient to His commands, and it's something else to finagle, manipulate, try to control or worry something to death.
  5. Did it shock you to read 1 Corinthians 6:1-11? Would you be willing to take a loss if it meant God was telling you it was time to walk away?
  6. Have you ever abused the system? Repentance is just a prayer away.
  7. Have you ever abused government employees or politicians? Maybe you should ask God to give you a respectful attitude. Even if you don't agree with them, it's no cause to be abusive.
  8. Why isn't the Law enough?
  9. Why isn't knowledge (education) enough?
  10. Why do we need to seek God's wisdom in order to be right, fair and just?

For all my studies on Proverbs click HERE.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Apple Recipes

Thick Porkchops with Spiced Apples and Raisins

Pork Chops
4 center-cut, bone-in loin pork chops, about 8 ounces each
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Leaves from 2 fresh thyme sprigs

Spiced Apples and Raisins
3 New York Cortland or Empire apples,peeled, cored and sliced in 1/2-inch-thick wedges
3/4 cup fresh apple cider
1/2 cup raisins
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the apples and thyme and coat in the butter; cook and stir for 6 minutes to give them some color. Toss in raisins and add apple juice. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice and simmer until apples are tender but still hold their shape, about 10 minutes. Set aside and keep warm. Rub chops on both sides with a little olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Place a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Brown chops for 2 minutes on each side. Place skillet in oven and roast chops until center is still slightly pink in the center and internal temperature reads 160 degrees F. when tested with an instant-read thermometer. Serve pork accompanied by the warm spiced apples, drizzling a bit of the sauce over the chops.
Makes 4 servings
Source: Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence, celebrity chef and author. http://www.nyapplecountry.com/porkchopsapplesraisins.htm

Apple Crisp

4 cup of Sliced Apples
1/3 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or melted margarine
Salt as necessary

Put Sliced Apples in a baking pan and Sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine all dry ingredients with butter or melted margarine and mix with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle all this over apples and bake at 350 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

Spicy Apple Crisp

6 to 8 cooking apples
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 peel of one lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Peel, quarter and core cooking apples. Cut apple quarters into thin slices and place it in a bowl. Blend nutmeg and cinnamon then sprinkle over apples. Sprinkle with lemon rind. Add lemon juice and toss to blend. Arrange slices in a large baking dish. Make a mixture of sugar, flour and butter in a mixing bowl then put over apples, smoothing it over. Place the dish in the oven. If dish is very full, put a pan under the dish to catch spills. Bake at 370° for 60 minutes, until browned and apples are tender.

Apple Dumplings

Core as many apples as may be required. Fill the holes with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon; make a paste for a short crust, roll it out, and wrap each apple in it. Bake the dumplings about 30 or 40 minutes in the oven, or boil them the same time in plenty of water, placing the dumplings in the water when it boils fast. Serve with cream or sweet white sauce.

Short crust pastry Yield: 8 Oz

8 oz SR Flour
1/2 ts Salt
2 oz Lard
2 oz Margarine
7 ts Approx Cold Water
1 oz Caster Sugar

(For sweet Pastry)
1. Mix flour and salt in a basin, rub in lard and margarine.
2. Using a knife to cut and stir, mix with cold water to form a stiff paste.
3. turn dough on to a floured board or worktop and roll out.

Apple Fritters

3 good juicy cooking apples
3 eggs
6 oz. of Allinson fine wheat meal
1/2 pint of milk
sugar to taste

Pare and core the apples, and cut them into rounds 1/4 inch thick; make a batter with the milk, meal, and the eggs well beaten, adding sugar to taste. Have a frying-pan ready on the fire with hot oil, or butter, dip the apple slices into the batter and fry the fritters until golden brown; drain them on blotting paper, and keep them hot in the oven until all are done.

Apple and Onion Pie

6 oz. apples
1/4 lb. Spanish onions
1 hard-boiled egg
a little butter
pepper and salt to taste
some paste for a short crust
Peel and cut up the apples and onion, stew gently with a little water. When nearly tender, season and add the butter, turn the mixture into a small pie-dish, quarter the egg, and place the pieces on the mixture, cover with a crust, and bake the pie 1/2 hour.

Apple and Carrot Casserole

6 large carrots
5 large Rome or York apples
5 Tbsp. sugar
5 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. margarine
1/2 cup orange juice

Slice carrots thinly and cook in salted water for 5 minutes; drain. Slice apples and cook in clear water 5 minutes; drain. Layer carrots and apples in casserole. Mix sugar, flour and nutmeg; sprinkle on top. Dot with margarine. Pour orange juice over all. (Can be made ahead and baked just before serving). Bake 30-40 minutes in 350 oven. Makes 6 servings.

Scalloped Apples

4 - 6 large Virginia apples (Golden Delicious)
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon fine bread crumbs
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Sprinkle of nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add water. Mix sugars, cinnamon and allspice. Sprinkle over apples along with lemon juice, bread crumbs and nutmeg. Dot with butter. Bake about 45 minutes until apples are soft. Serve warm or cold. Serves 4 to 6.

Squash and Apple Bake

1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
1 medium leek, white part only, thinly sliced

Pierce the squash in 3 or 4 places with the tip of a sharp knife. Place the squash on a double layer of paper towels on the floor of the oven. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Turn the squash and microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes longer, or until it just begins to feel soft when gently squeezed. Let stand until cooled, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a 2-quart oval casserole or 9-inch glass pie plate, combine the oil, lemon juice, apple, leek, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper. Cover tightly with a lid or vented plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until the apple and leek are quite soft. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Scoop the pulp from the squash into the casserole with the apple mixture. Mash the squash with the back of a spoon while stirring in the apple and leek to combine. Spoon the mixture back into the casserole or pie plate. Cover loosely with a lid or vented plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes, or until heated through. Makes 4 servings.

Apple Pasta Salad

1 container (8 ounce) plain nonfat yogurt
2 cups uncooked rotini pasta
1 can (8 ounce) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 tsp. salt, optional
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
3 cups diced, unpeeled York or Winesap apples
1 tsp. finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 Tbsp. honey

Thoroughly combine yogurt, pineapple, salt, spices, ginger and honey; refrigerate. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly. Cool completely. In large bowl, combine all ingredients including yogurt dressing. Chill thoroughly before serving. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings.

Turkey Waldorf Salad

2 cups sliced celery
2 cups cooked small shell pasta
2 cups diced cooked turkey breast (12 ounces)
2 cups diced unpeeled Fuji apples
1/4 cup sliced scallions (green onions)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*

Yogurt Dressing
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3 Tbsp. reduced calorie mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Combine ingredients for yogurt dressing. In a large bowl combine celery with pasta, turkey, apple, scallions and walnuts. Add Yogurt dressing; toss to coat thoroughly.
*To toast walnuts: Place in a small dry skillet over low heat until golden, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 4 servings.

Apple and Cheese Casserole

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
7 apples, peeled, sliced
6 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix flour, sugar and salt in small blow. Cut in butter until crumbly. Toss apples with water and lemon juice in bowl. Spoon into greased 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes longer. Yield: 8 servings.

Apple and Sausage Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes:

5 cups (half of a 26 ounce package) frozen Country Style Hash Brown Potatoes, thawed
1-1/2 cups unpeeled shredded apples (Ida Red, Rome, Empire, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour2
tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 eggs, slightly beaten
Vegetable oil

Apple and Sausage Dressing:

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
8 ounces reduced fat smoked sausage, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
3 small apples, cored, sliced into 12 wedges each (Ida Red, Rome, Empire, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh)

For Potato Pancakes, combine thawed potatoes, shredded apples, onion, flour, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in eggs until mixture is well blended. Heat enough vegetable oil over medium heat to just cover bottom of a large heavy skillet. Portion potato mixture by 1/2 cup measures into hot oil. Fry 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden. Add more oil as needed. Keep pancakes warm.For Apple and Sausage Topping, melt butter in large heavy skillet over medium heat. Stir in mustard. Add sausage and apple slices. Cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve 2 pancakes per serving. Divide sausage-apple mixture evenly over top of each serving.

Apple Pecan Hamburgers

1 cup shredded Apples (Ida Red, Rome, Empire, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh)
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 cup cold, cooked brown rice
3/4 cup toasted pecan pieces
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
5 hamburger buns, optional
5 tomato slices, optional
Lettuce, optional
Vegetable cooking spray

Place Apples and remaining ingredients in food processor bowl. Using metal blade, process about 30 seconds or until evenly chopped and thoroughly combined. Using 1/2 cup measure, portion and shape mixture into 5 patties. (Mixture will be soft.) Place on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake in 400 Fo oven about 25 minutes or until deep golden brown. Serve hot on bun with tomato and lettuce or with sweet and sour sauce, if desired. Yield: 5 patties, 3 1/2-inches in diameter.

Grilled Chicken with Apples and Feta

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts (about 5 oz. each)
2 Tbl. Olive oil
2 Tbl. Butter
2 apples peeled and thinly sliced (Ida Red, Rome, Empire, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh)
4 oz. feta cheese
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme

Prepare hot fire in charcoal or gas grill. Brush chicken with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until juices run clear, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from grill to platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Melt butter in sauté pan over medium high heat. Add apples and sauté 2-3 minutes, until they begin to brown and become tender. Spoon apples over chicken and top with feta and thyme. Serves 4.

Proverbs 2:1-8

Proverbs 2:1-8 (NLT)  1 My child, listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8 He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.

If I were to pray this scripture, it would look something like this:

Lord, help me to tune my ears to wisdom and to concentrate on understanding. I cry out to You for insight and understanding. Help me to search for Your wisdom as for silver and hidden treasures. May I learn to fear the Lord so that I may gain knowledge of God. Lord, You grant wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and commonsense. May I learn from You so that I may be a person of integrity, fairness and ever faithful to You. Amen

In this day and age, concentration and focus are often very hard to cultivate. We are so used to constant, immediate, lightening fast bites of time that we are not developing the habits of contemplation, study, prayer, meditation, silence. Even cartoons are like cartoons on speed! They talk fast, they move fast, they are loud and everchanging. Our senses are often overstimulated and we are used to it. The last time I was in much of a crowd was at a baseball game. By the time we got parked, walked, stopped at a bar for a rest before they opened the gates, I was already getting tired. I thought it would be nice to sit down and recoup while we waited for the gates to open. Well, this place wasn't the quiet, still place to rest I was hoping for. Loud, music blaring so that you had to yell at your partner to be heard. TV's on every wall with sports and news. Crowds, smells, sounds, sights all bombarding you in everchanging arrays. It was exhausting sitting there so we left. Then we get into the baseball stadium and there are ads everywhere you look. Huge jumbotrons, contests, food/drink, loud music, and constant noise with no break. And that's before the game even started. You couldn't listen to a single song in that barrage of loud music because they would only play a few bars and switch to shouting, then to another few bars of another song and then announcements and more and more and more. It made me realize how this overstimulization is effecting our population.

If we aren't bombarded with constant change, we get bored. We are used to life in the fast and furious and people aren't able to hold a thought for longer than a few seconds and it's on to the next. It's no wonder we have flat thinkers who cannot develop a thought to a conclusion. And it's dangerous to have so many adults who are such flat thinkers. We can't hold their attention more than 30 seconds at a time which means sound bites have to catch their attention but then their attention is gone again. All they are getting is the sound bite, the headline, the news flash. It goes no deeper than that. And their opinions (and votes) are based on a few seconds or minutes where they heard something. They haven't followed through in deep thought about it or in intelligent conversation that is actually give and take (a learning and thoughtful conversation rather than a  yelling match where winner takes all).

I take this Proverbs 2 section as a reminder that we need to seek wisdom. Again, it's not just knowledge and facts, although those play a part. But it's seeking to understand how knowledge and facts shape our world.

An example:

We learned that Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492.  (Now, we know that he probably wasn't the first to discover the Americas but he was the last of the explorers to discover it and it stuck. I.e. other explorers followed him and America was never "lost" again. LOL!)

It was a world changing discovery because the Americas were never lost again. More and more Europeans (and other nations) came and colonized, etc. I am here today because Columbus discovered America for the last time and it was never lost to the rest of the world again. Therefore it was a momentous occasion.

But, today, students are taught that Columbus ruined the Americas singlehandedly by taking back the route to America where others could follow. They are taught Europeans were monstrous conquerors and deliberately brought diseases from Europe that killed most of the native population.

Therefore, students come out of school not marveling at how Columbus discovered America and changed the world ever after, but at Columbus, the monster, who brought disease and the death of civilizations that had never been tainted with disease or death before Europeans showed up. The current fad is to hate Columbus.

That's flat thinking. Indepth study and thought would show us it was much more complicated than that. There are many layers to history and we shouldn't ignore them. But flat thinkers do. They take away a 1 minute sound bite of information and base all their opinions on it. And, most of the time, their pride will not allow them to be wrong so they stick to their story regardless of what other facts come out. They don't want to learn anything different as they will feel foolish. But, none of us come into this world knowing everything and it shows a wise person who learns and adjusts to the facts and admits when they were wrong or ill-informed.

I won't go into why Columbus discovering America is not all good and not all bad. That's another subject. A lot of bad things happened and there were a lot of bad people, but a lot of good things happened and a lot of good people tried to do good things. It's up to you to study and see the layers and complications that are documented for all of us to learn about. But it will take opening your mind to both the good and the bad; taking time to study it, learn about it, think about it and place yourself in that time period to see if you would have done any different. But let's get back to our subject of seeking wisdom.

Seeking wisdom takes time and energy. We have to choose to set aside time. We have to make the effort to learn. We have to plan around it. We have to set some goals. We have to have time to think about it. We have to marshall the supplies we need to learn what we want to learn, preparation. We have to research a little. And that's if you just want to learn how to play tennis or how to refinish furniture!

My niece just refinished her dining room chairs and the table is next. She researched a little beforehand with Pinterest. Then she asked other people's opinion on Facebook. Next she went to a home improvement store and got the supplies. Then she planned the time it would be best to do it so that she was uninterrupted. She ate good and had her coffee, took the kids to school and came back home and moved the chairs into the garage on a painter's cloth and began. The result was very pretty. But then it interested her in doing other pieces. I told her she could take pieces of wood and try different techniques on it and document the results. Take a picture, make comments, save in digital file folders and make a digital record of her experiments until she has a digital portfolio of things she likes and can do. Continue to research on Pinterest and other DIY venues. Make lists of techniques you want to try. Shop for pieces of furniture that you can afford and then bring them home and do one of your makeovers to it and see if it sells or give it as gifts to family and friends. Yada yada yada.

Can you see where I'm going? People do this all the time with what interests them. They may be interested in recipes, baking, camping, NASCAR races, football, fantasy football, knitting, singing, fixing cars, brewing your own beer, playing video games, etc. If you can do that for something you are interested in, you are becoming less of a flat thinker and more of a reasoning, logical, indepth thinker on that subject. I have a 10 year old grandnephew who can talk your ear off about Fortnight (video game). He knows all there is to know about a video game. He used to be that concentrated on cars. I could point out any car on the road and he could tell me what it was at 5 years old! He collected little matchbox cars and studied them to know the difference between a Mustang and a Continental. Now, video games don't interest me and neither do cars. But ask me about history or genealogy and I can talk your ears off about that while everyone else's eyes glaze over and they fall asleep on me.

Now, let's turn this all back to today's scripture. These verses are specifically pointing to God's wisdom. Not just learning and knowledge but God's wisdom about what we learn.

There are some action words here for us:
  • listen
  • treasure
  • tune in
  • concentrate
  • cry out
  • ask for
  • search
  • seek
We have to want it, desire it, enough for us to do something about it. If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is in you to give you a desire to learn God's wisdom. Once you have a desire, then you must begin to follow through. Sort of like when Moses and the children of Israel were leaving Egypt. The people were scared to leave all they knew, even though it was hard in Egypt. They were scared of the unknown. Would they just walk out in the desert and die of exposure, thirst and starvation? When they got to the shores of the Red Sea, God had to motivate them to continue. He allowed the Egyptian Pharaoh and his army to start out after them.

Exodus 14:3-4 (NLT)  3 For Pharaoh will say of the Israelites, ‘They are wandering the land in confusion; the wilderness has boxed them in.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he will pursue them. But I will gain honor by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.”

 The Israelites saw the army coming and knew death awaited with any survivors going back to Egypt to a harsher and harder slavery than before. God told Moses to get them ready to cross. There were no boats about, no bridges. It looked impossible.

Exodus 14:10-14 (NLT)  10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians marching after them, and they were terrified and cried out to the LORD. 11 They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us into the wilderness to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Did we not say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for u to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
13 But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Then God did the impossible.

Exodus 14:19-22 (NLT)  19 And the Angel of God, who had gone before the camp of Israel, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from before them and stood behind them, 20 so that it came between the camps of Egypt and Israel. The cloud was there in the darkness, but it lit up the night. So all night long neither camp went near the other.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove back the sea with a strong east wind that turned it into dry land. So the waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on their right and on their left.

The people were there on the shore with the Egyptian army bearing down on them. They had no where to go, boxed in. God had deliberately led them into a trap. But God revealed He was capable of the impossible and He provided a way and they walked across the Red Sea on dry ground.

What does that have to do with wanting wisdom? Because you will tend to think learning the Bible, and about God, is impossible. You will think you can't do it. You are correct, you cannot. But the Holy Spirit in you can! You do have to walk to that shore and stand there and ask God to help you learn His wisdom. Then watch the impossible happen and take a step into that dry seabed. God had done the miracle but the Israelites still had to walk across the dry seabed to get to the other side. God will give you the desire, the mind/intelligence, the ability and resources but you must walk therein. It does require a desire on your part and the doing on your part. What He provides, you walk therein and see what happens!

We are precious to God and He wants to be precious to you. Is He precious to you? Is His Word and His Wisdom precious to you? Are you ready to seek His Wisdom and learn from His Word? Be honest. If you still don't really care, then say a prayer like the one I wrote at the top of this post and ask for the desire for God's wisdom. It's a simple prayer and won't take 2 minutes to pray it. If you sincerely want the desire, pray that prayer. Believe me, it is God's Will you desire Him and seek Him and know Him. If it's your desire, and God's desire, the impossible will happen. A miracle!

John 16:13 (Jesus speaking) "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come".

Take a step and suddenly you will realize something makes sense to you. Take another step and walk therein. Take advantage of what God opens up to you. Going to church will no longer be a chore or duty, but you are learning deep things of God. Sunday school is no longer a friendship get together but you learn something. The songs you sing in worship take on meaning rather just rote repeating. New classes will open up either in your church, or another, and you take advantage of them and learn more. The more you learn, the hungrier you get. Before you know it the Bible isn't dusty any more. Your Bible is showing signs of wear and tear. You have to find a box to store the notebooks, workbooks and devotionals you've scrawled in to store them all. You need a new ink pen and why not a highlighter too. You begin to put Bible study and church on your planner so you plan around them. Your conversation is peppered with things you've learned or God has shown you.

When we desire God and seek Him by doing (action verbs, see the list above), then God makes some promises to us:
  • He gives understanding to what it means to fear (reverence) the Lord
  • You will gain knowledge
  • He grants wisdom
  • He teaches you from His own mouth (through the Holy Spirit, John 16:13)
  • He grants a treasure of commonsense
  • He is a shield
  • He guards the paths
  • He protects
Proverbs 2:5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God.

  1. What are some practical things you can do to take action on this subject?
  2. How can you increase your desire for God and His wisdom?
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Edward Boyd Harris and Ida Mae Shaw

Gamewell Calhoun Harris who married Sarah "Sally" Brakefield and they had
a son, Edward Boyd Harris who married Ida Mae Shaw and they had
a son, Clyde Harris who married Mabel Louise Cohen and they had
a son, William "Billy" Clyde Harris who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had

Edward Boyd Harris (DOB: 5/23/1877 in Union County, SC; DOD: 7/1/1930 in Union County, SC) to Gamewell Calhoun Harris and Sarah "Sally" Brakefield Harris.

Edward Boyd Harris

Ida Mae Shaw

Edward Boyd Harris was the son of Gamewell Calhoun Harris (DOB: 5/26/1853 in Union County, SC; DOD: 10/21/1933 in Union County, SC) and Sarah "Sallie" or "Sally" C. Brakefield (DOB: 4/18/1860 in Union County, SC; DOD: 3/6/1930 in Union County, SC).

1880 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1242; Family History Film: 1255242; Page: 599D; Enumeration District: 158, Lines 24-39, "Mattie Harris", "George Harris", "Anderson Harris"
Mattie Harris, W(hite), M(ale), 71 yrs old (DOB 1809), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gusta A. Harris, W, F, 67 yrs old (DOB 1813), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havana Harris, W, F, 29 yrs old (DOB 1851), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Gamewell C. Harris, W, M, 27 yrs old (DOB 1853), Son, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Sallie C. Harris, W, F, 17 yrs old (DOB 1863), Dil, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
E. Boyd Harris, W, M, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Grandson, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Emma Harris, W, F, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Granddaughter, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
James M. Harris, W, M, 11/12 mos old (DOB 4/1879), Grandson, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
William Fraser, W, M, 35 yrs old (DOB 1845), Son-in-law, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Frances Fraser, W, F, 49 yrs old (DOB 1851), Daughter, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
George Harris, W, M, 24 yrs old (DOB 1856), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mary A. Harris, W, F, 21 yrs old (DOB 1859), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Anderson Harris, W, M, 32 yrs old (DOB 1848), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Sallie Harris, W, F, 32 yrs old (DOB 1848), Wife, Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Oliver R. Harris, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Worsk in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Willie E. Harris, W, M, 12 yrs old (DOB 1868), Son, Works in field, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

Boyd Harris married Ida Mae Shaw(DOB: 8/24/1882 in Rockingham, NC; DOD: 6/10/1955 in Spartanburg, SC) in 1915 in Union County, SC. Ida Mae Shaw was the daughter of Able Shaw (DOB: 1842 in Manchester, England; DOD: ? in ? ) and Charity Sibley (DOB: 28 Feb 1842 in Maryland; DOD: 10 May 1904 in Union, Union County, SC).

1900 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T623_ 1544; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 72, Lines 15-27, "Ravenell Harris" (sic)
Ravenell Harris (sic, Gamewell Harris), Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1853, 47 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Owns farm, mortgage
Sallie Harris, Wife, W, F, Born Apr, 1861, 39 yrs old, Married, 11 children with 9 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Boyd Harris, Son, W, M, Born May, 1878, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
James Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
May Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1883, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm Laborer
Paul Harris, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1888, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Florrence Harris (sic), Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1890, 10 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Essie Harris, Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, At school
Carl Harris, Son, W, M, Born June, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Cass Harris (sic, looks like Voss Harris and is actually Wallace Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Cass Harris), Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Bernice Wix, Daughter, W, F, Born June, 1884, 15 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill weaver
Dusky A. Harris (sic, Augusta Ann Harris), Mother, W, F, Born May, 1813, 87 yrs old, Widowed, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Havanah Harris, Sister, W, F, Born Feb, 1851, 49 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

Boyd and Ida were Methodists and were members of Bethel Methodist on E. Main St., Union, SC. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

 Boyd was a farm laborer in the 1900 Census. He was an "engineer in cotton mill" in the 1910 census. He was a "Grocery clerk" for Monarch Mills, Lockhart, Union County, SC according to his WWI draft registration card completed on 9/12/1918. He was a "stationary engineer in cotton mill" in 1920 census. A stationary engineer meant he maintained the steam engine that ran the mill. He was "police at cotton mill" in Buffalo, Union County, SC in the 1930 census. He and Ida lived for a time in the apartment that is attached to the county jail. Ida cooked for the prisoners. But when Boyd died, they were living at 111 Walker St, Union, SC in the Monarch Mill village. Bernice was living with them and Bernice and Boyd worked at Monarch Mill. He was an "engineer at the cotton mill".

Ida was born in Rockingham, Richmond County, NC and moved with her family when she was young. They lived in Union 20 years and she moved to Spartanburg, SC in 1945, 15 years after his death. She was of German extraction.

1880 U.S. Census of Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina; Roll: 979; Family History Film: 1254979; Page: 295D; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 0073, Lines 38-45, "Abel Shaw"
Abel Shaw, W(hite), M(ale), 38 yrs old (DOB 1842), Married, Head, Merchant, Born in England, Both parents born in England
Elizabeth Shaw, W, F, 38 yrs old (DOB 1842), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Born in MD, Both parents born in England
Chily Shaw (sic, looks like Chrly Shaw), W, M, 19 yrs old (DOB 1861), Single, Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC (?)
John Shaw, W, M, 14 yrs old (DOB 1866), Single, Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
William Shaw, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Joseph Shaw, W, M, 7 yrs old (DOB 1873), Son, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Florance Shaw (sic), W, F, 6 yrs old (DOB 1874), Daughter, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Elizabeth Shaw, W, F, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Daughter, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

Front Left to Right: Farrell Harris, Lizzie Shaw (Ida Mae Shaw's mother), Sarah Brakefield Harris, Gene Carroll Harris, Berenice Lemond Harris Warren, Ida Mae Shaw Harris, Clyde Harris. Back Left to Right: James Minor Harris, Walter Edward Harris, Edward Boyd Harris

Boyd and Ida had 6 children:

1) James Minor Harris (DOB: 3/18/1905 in Union County, SC; DOD: 11/24/1986 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married Farrell Bradshaw (aka Ferrell, Ferol)(DOB: About 8/19/1902 in SC; DOD: 10/25/1966 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC). He was a "Golden Gloves Champion". They had James Minor Harris, Jr (died as an infant), James Boyd Harris, Dale Harris, Cynthia Carol Harris. His married 2nd Eunice Lee Satterfield.

2) Walter Edward Harris (DOB: 5/6/1907 in Union County, SC; DOD: 5/20/1957 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Madge Wood (DOB: About 1908 in SC; DOD: 8/4/1995 in Richmond County, GA). Madge also married Henry Lee Lackey. Walt and Madge had Helen Harris (Perry).

3) Clyde Harris (DOB: 5/4/1909 in Union County, SC; DOD: 10/11/1956 in Converse, Spartanburg County, SC) married Mabel Louise Cohen (DOB: 2/12/1912 in Union County, SC; DOD: 6/14/1981 in Spartanburg, SC) on 7/30/1930 in Union County, SC. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

4) Berenice Lemond Harris (DOB: 1912-1914 in Union County, SC; DOD: 7/28/1990 in Union County, SC) married Jess Warren (DOB: 3/31/1908 in SC; DOD: 6/21/1990 in SC). Jess Warren left his wife and baby daughter, Jessie Mae Warren, one day by telling her he was going to the store and never came back. She is buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. He was also married to Johnnie Mell Howington and Reba McCormick.

5) Gene Carroll Harris, Sr.(aka G.C.) (DOB: 8/22/1914 in Union County, SC; DOD: 6/7/1963 in Union County, SC) married Alice Trucy Holden(aka Alice Tricy Holden, Alice Treecy Holden) (DOB: 1/7/1916 in Swain County, NC; DOD: 12/31/1954 in Spartanburg County, SC) on 6/2/1939 in Union County, SC. They are both buried at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. They had Alice Faye Harris (Davis), Gene Carroll Harris, Jr., Richard Wayne Harris, Sr., Linda June Harris (Littlejohn).

6) Leo Wilson Harris (DOB: 12/23/1917 in Union County, SC; DOD: 11/27/1973 in High Point, Guilford County, NC) married Francis Sibbie Bowman (DOB: 10/15/1921 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC; DOD: 4/26/1993 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC). They divorced. She married a Bell and Harry Larue Jeffords.

The Intelligencer, Anderson, SC, 10/12/1904, Pg 5
The Intelligencer, Anderson, SC, 10/12/1904, Pg 5
A Bride Is Poisoned

Union, SC, Oct. 10 - Bert Gregory of this place has been arrested on a charge of poisoning his bride to whom he was married just four weeks ago. The woman died after several days illness.
It is alleged that Gregory procured several doses of calomel from a local physician and gave them to his wife who complained that the third dose was very bitter and had a peculiar taste. These dose, it is said, were given Mrs. Gregory by her husband last Sunday and on Tuesday night a physician was summoned, and after a diagnosis, it was stated that Mrs. Gregory had been poisoned on Thursday afternoon Gregory was taken to jail, charged with being responsible for the act. Mrs. Gregory improved somewhat and her husband was released on $500 bail. Subsequently the woman became worse and yesterday she died. Gregory has been arrested and is held for murder.
The contents of the stomach have been sent to Charleston for chemical analysis to establish a presence of poison.
Mrs. Gregory was Miss Bee White before her marriage to Gregory four weeks ago.

The Bamberg Herald, Bamberg, SC, 10/13/1904, Pg 1

The Bamberg Herald, Bamberg, SC, 10/13/1904, Pg 1
A white man named Bert Gregory, a cotton mill operative, is in jail at Union charged with the murder of his wife. It is claimed he gave her strychnine, claiming it was calomel.

The Bamberg Herald, Bamberg, SC, 10/13/1904, Pg 2
The Bamberg Herald, Bamberg, SC, 10/13/1904, Pg
Poisoned Bride Yields to Death
Mrs. Bert Gregory, the bride of but four weeks, who was poisoned at Union by taking strychnine with calomel, whether accidental or intentional on the part of her husband remaining to be proved, died after lingering unconscious for many hours.
At the inquest now adjourned until strong evidence was introduced against the husband, though he still maintains his innocence.
The young woman, who thought she was taking a dose of calomel, but afterwards was seized with convulsions, never regained consciousness, and the only statement she made was of that to the physician when he first arrived.
It was thought at one time that the woman would recover, but she gradually grew worse. At the coroner's inquest some sensational testimony was brought out.
Boyd Harris, with whom the couple had been living since their marriage testified that the young husband insisted on his wife taking the medicine which he had secured from a local physician and which, after some persuasion, protesting against needing it, she took it.
Gregory was arrested while his wife lay at the point of death, but was released under $500 bond when it was thought that his wife would recover. He maintains his innocence.

The Laurens Advertiser, Laurens, SC, 6/21/1905
The Laurens Advertiser, Laurens, SC, 6/21/1905
Bert Gregory of Union, charged with poisoning his wife, was acquitted.

The Manning Times, Manning, SC, 12/1/1909, Pg 6
The Manning Times, Manning, SC, 12/1/1909, Pg 6
Unruly Blacks Wound Nine Members Of Posse
Shooting Stirs People of Town But Anger Dies Down-One Man Was Arrested
Following two days of tense excitement, with a race riot of serious proportions threatened, as a result of the wholesale wounding of a deputy sheriff's posse by drunken negroes in the easter section of the city of Union, S.C., Saturday night, quiet again prevails, and the officials of that town believe they have the situation in hand.
The negroes who did the shooting made their escape and this probably accounts for the fact that further disorders were not recorded later. Late Monday afternoon one of the negroes charged with the shooting was arrested and lodged in jail. Three others for whom warrants were issued have not been apprehended.
Following repeated efforts on the party of Deputy Sheriff A.S. McColl to put a stop to the noisy revelry at a negro "frolic" Saturday, he, with a party of citizens, started for the house occupied by the negroes. The latter opened fire with shotguns, wounding nine members of the officer's force, including the deputy sheriff, who received wounds in each leg.
The others wounded were W.A. Dye, two loads of shot in chest and face; Boyd Harris, shot in legs; Herbert Brandon, shot in face and body; H.L. Timmons, shot in legs; Rudolph Lowe, both legs peppered with shot; Earl Boling, shot in body; Albert Wright, body peppered with shot; Grady Reynolds, shot in head and body.
One negro was found near the house seriously wounded. It is said that he got within range of his companions shots when the attack was made upon the officers.
Sheriff G.G. Long was summoned and immediately went to the scene with a posse armed with repeating rifles. The negroes had fled however, and the sheriff and his men directed their attention to a systematic search of the negro section for the guilty ones, but without result. A large quantity of whiskey was found in the house occupied by the negroes. Later the wounded negro was found by the officers near the house, where he had crawled after his companions fled.
Dye is the most seriously wounded of the posse, but it is not thought his wounds would prove fatal. Eighty three shot were removed from his body.

The Evening Index, Greenwood, SC, 11/25/1909, Pg 1

1910 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1474; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 1061, Lines 12-18, "Boyd E. Harris"
Boyd E. Harris, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 30 yrs old (DOB 1880), First marriage, Married 5 yrs (DOM 1905), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write, Engineer in cotton mill, Rents home
Ida M. Harris, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1883), First marriage, Married 5 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Can read and write
James M. Harris, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Walter E. Harris, Son, M, W, 2 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 11/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Bennie Harris (sic, looks like Bernice Harris which is correct but Ancestry.com has her indexed as Bennie Harris), Sister, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spooler at cotton mill
Bessie Harris, Sister, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC

The Gaffney Ledger, Gaffney, SC, 8/12/1913, Pg 1

Yorkville Enquirer, York, SC, 8/8/1913, Pg 2

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
M1509, 4,277 rolls, Roll 1877684, Draft Board 0, Edward Boyd Harris, Order #701, Serial #a1196
Edward Boyd Harris
Address: Lockhart, Union County, SC
41 yrs old, DOB: 5/23/1877
Occupation: Grocery clerk for Monarch Mills, Lockhart, Union County, SC
Nearest Relative: Wife Ida Shaw Harris, Lockhart, Union County, SC
Tall, Medium Build, Grey eyes, Gray hair
Signed by him on 9/12/1918

1920 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1713; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 144; Image: 931, Lines 62-70, "Boyd Harris"
Boyd Harris, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 41 yrs old (DOB 1879), Married, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Stationary Engineer
Ida Harris, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1883), Married, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC (1910 Census says Ida was born in NC, Father born in England and Mother born in Maryland)
Minna Harris (sic, should be James Minor Harris and looks like Minor but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Minna Harris), Daughter (?), F (?), W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Mill Laborer
Walter Harris, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Bernice L. Harris, Daughter, F, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1913), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Dee C. Harris (sic, should be Gene Carrol "G.C." Harris but Ancestry.com has him indexed as Dee C. Harris), Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Leo Harris, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
Lizzie Shaw, Boarder, F, W, 41 yrs old (DOB 1879), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 6/14/1929, Pg 18

1930 U.S. Census of Railroad Ave, Glenn Springs,Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 2215; Page: 6A; Enumeration ;District: 23; Image: 338.0, Lines 6-18, "Boyd Harris"
Boyd Harris, Rents house at $9/months, Owned radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 52 yrs old (DOB 1878), Married at age 26 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Police for cotton mill
Ida May Harris (sic), Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Can read and write, Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Weaver at cotton mill
Clyde Harris, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
Burnice Harris (sic), Daughter, F, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1913), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
G. Boyd Harris (sic, should be Gene Carroll "G.C." Harris), Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Run drawings at cotton mill
Leo Harris, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC
James M. Harris, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Married at age 19 yrs old (DOM 1925), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Moulder at iron foundary
Feri Harris (sic), Daughter-in-law, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married at age 22 yrs old, Born in SC, Father born in England, Mother born in SC, Housekeeper for private family
James B. Harris, Grandson, M, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1929), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Walter Harris, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married at age 20 yrs old (DOM 1928), Born in SC, Father born in SC, Mother born in NC, Weaver at cotton mill
Madge Harris, Daughter-in-law, 20 yrs old (DOB 1910), Married at age 17 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Drawing in at cotton mill
Hellen Harris (sic), Granddaughter, 1 yr 7/12 mos old (DOB 1928), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Lizzie Shaw, Sister-in-law, F, W, 59 yrs old (DOB 1871), Born in NC, Father born in England, Mother born in Maryland, Spooler at cotton mill

The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 10/21/1938, Pg 9

SC Death Certificate #13081, Registration District #4207, Registered #40, E.B. Harris, DOD: 7/1/1930 in Union, Union County, SC
Male, White, Married, DOB: 5/23/1879 in SC, 53 yrs old
Occupation: Policeman
Father: G.C. Harris, born in SC
Mother: Sarah C. Brakefield, born in SC
Informant: Wallace Harris, Union, SC (Boyd's brother)
DOD: 7/1/1930 at 4pm
Cause of death: Pellagra
Burial: 7/2/1930 at Wesley Chapel

He died of Pellagra which is a vitamin deficiency disease most commonly caused by a chronic lack of niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet. It can be caused by decreased intake of niacin or tryptophan, and possibly by excessive intake of leucine. It may also result from alterations in protein metabolism in disorders such as carcinoid syndrome. A deficiency of the amino acid lysine can lead to a deficiency of niacin, as well. Untreated, the disease can kill within four or five years. Treatment is with nicotinamide, which has the same vitamin function as niacin and a similar chemical structure, but has lower toxicity. The frequency and amount of nicotinamide administered depends on the degree to which the condition has progressed. Symptoms of pellagra include: Delusions, Diarrhea, Inflamed mucus membranes, Mental confusion, Scaly skin sores. It is characterized by horrible skin sores, digestive and nervous system disturbances, and eventual mental deterioration. Specific psychological symptoms of pellagra: Psychosensory disturbances (impressions as being painful, annoying bright lights, odors intolerance causing nausea and vomiting, dizziness after sudden movements); Psychomotor disturbances (restlessness, tense and a desire to quarrel, increased preparedness for motor action) Emotional disturbances. All because of a vitamin deficiency (niacin). So sad.

1940 U.S. Census of Railroad Avenue, Buffalo, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T627_3843; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 44-24, Lines 65-60, "Ida M. Harris"
Ida M. Harris, Head, Rents home for $6, F(emale), W(hite), 57 yrs old (DOB 1883), Widowed, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935
G.C. Boyd Harris (sic), Son, M, W, 25 yrs old (DOB 1915), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Spare hand in cotton mill
Bernice L. Harris, Daughter-in-law (sic, should be daughter), F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1914), Married, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Battey Filler (sic) in cotton mill
Leo W. Harris, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in same place in 1935, Cabler in cotton mill
Jessie M. Warren, Granddaughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1937), Born in SC

Spartanburg Herald Journal, Spartanburg, SC, 6/11/1955, Pg 2, obituary of Ida Harris

SC Death Certificate #55-009619, Registration District #40-A, Registrar's #414-632, Ida Mae Harris, DOD: 6/10/1955 at Spartanburg General Hospital, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Usual Residence: 220 N. Converse St, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Female, White, DOB: 8/21/1882 in Rockingham, NC (Richmond County)
Widowed, SS# 247-09-****
Occupation: Housewife
Father: Abrel Shaw (sic), Mother: Sibley, Spouse: E. Boyd Harris, Informant: J. Minor Harris
DOD: 6/10/1955 at 2:00am
Cause of death: Leiomyosarcoma stomach generalized metastasis (duration 6 1/2 years)
Major findings of operation: multiple liner stomach & peritoneal metastasis
Burial: 6/11/1955 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Union County, SC

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