“Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.”

– Proverbs 27:10

Today we will begin a short series examining three cultural keys, and when you add these to your life, you will never be the same! The first key: As people, we should be linked; linked in and connected to others. We must understand the significance that other people bring to our lives. Have you ever questioned how some individuals get to be in positions of power? How does this happen when they seem intellectually challenged from our viewpoint? The answer lies in the fact that they understand the importance of reciprocity and the power of being linked.

The Bible emphasizes this wisdom of connecting in the Book of Proverbs. We are encouraged not to let go of or abandon our friends, family, or neighbors. My grandfather Dr. Schuller taught me this important fact: “Your network is your net worth.”  My friend, Dr. James Davis, called me once and said, “Bobby, I’ve wanted to get together with you. I will be out in California. Do you have thirty minutes so we can get a cup of coffee?” I said sure, that sounds like a great idea. He came to my office, we had a short cup of coffee, and had a great conversation. I said, “So what brings you to California all the way from Florida?”  And he told me, “you!” I was shocked, but now He and I are dear friends.

Friend, I learned a fundamental lesson that day: The importance of making time for connections. If you ask good questions, you’ll find that most people are fascinating and have wisdom to share. Let’s also become the kind of people others want to connect to.


Father, help me to connect with my family, friends, and neighbors. Show me how to ask the right questions.


Do you have a connection with your neighbors? Do you understand the power of making time for relationships?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at  

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  1. I worked as a nurse educator. It was vital to have connections in education to assist my students. It all begins with being respected and successful yourself and then linking in to other people. It’s a process. It takes time. You build yourself and then you build a team. Without God it’s impossible. He is the bridge that links people together!

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