Learning From The Proverbs – Part 2

  We continue today with our observations from the Proverbs of Solomon. Let's pick up with Proverbs, chapter one, verses 8 through 19. Proverbs 1:8-19 8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9 They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. There are three important truths I want us to discover or be reminded of from this passage of scripture. The first one is found in verses 8 and 9. Solomon shares this … [Read more...]

Learning from the Proverbs


We're going to spend some time working our way through the Old Testament book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a collection of the wise counsel of Solomon, wisdom from which I feel we should all benefit. Let's begin with Proverbs, chapter one, verses 1 through 7. Proverbs 1:1-7 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2  for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and … [Read more...]

Stepping into the Unknown

stepping into the unknown

One of the most uncomfortable experiences most of us face is when we must try something for the first time. Sometimes this is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, for instance, tasting a new food or meeting someone new. However, the tension and apprehension increases as the risks increase; such as, interviewing for a new job, doing a major home renovation, moving to a new location, or opting for a surgical procedure. Given our specific temperament we may have different levels of … [Read more...]

The Best Time for New Beginnings

change ahead

Genesis 12:1-7 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set … [Read more...]

Living Generously

Several weeks ago I laid the foundation for the topics we considered last time and today. I talked to you about adopting a Biblical philosophy for living life based on extravagant love and generous living. We've already looked at what the scriptures say about extravagant love and now we'll explore what the Bible teaches about living generously. Let's return to Luke, chapter 6, from The Message. Luke 6 (The Message) "To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let … [Read more...]

Extravagant Love

Last week I laid the foundation for the topic today and next week. I talked to you about adopting a Biblical philosophy for living life based on extravagant love and generous living. Today we'll dig deeper into the Biblical foundation and practical application of extravagant love and next week we'll explore what the Bible teaches about generosity as a foundation for living. The Bible speaks at great length about love and how love is, essentially, an extension of the nature of God. The … [Read more...]