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

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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

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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

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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...]

Extravagant Love and Generous Living Leads to an Attitude of Praise

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Many years ago, early in our marriage, Kathy and I adopted a philosophy for our lives. We didn't write it down or even define it in specific terms, but after reading the scriptures and observing people who were godly examples in our families and church, we realized that generosity was a Biblical principle. We learned to make being generous one of those attitudes around which we built our lives. It wasn't until decades later, however, while reading from the paraphrase of the Bible called The … [Read more...]

Giving of Ourselves

Today I want to walk us through a few verses of scripture from Paul's letter to the church in Rome. In these verses I hope you will discover some of the wonder and awe which God deserves, and I hope you'll also be inspired to be more available to God for His use and purposes. We'll begin near the end of Romans 11 and continue into the first verse of Romans 12. Paul writes, Romans 11:33-36, 12:1 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his … [Read more...]

Seeing the Good in What Appears to be Bad

(For background, read Genesis chapters 37-50) The background for this sermon begins about 11 chapters earlier in the book of Genesis. You may recall that Joseph was the youngest of 12 sons born to Jacob. He was also the favorite of Jacob because he was born so late in Jacob's life. His favor, however, made Joseph a target of jealousy in the household and eventually, when he was about 17, Joseph's brothers sold him to traveling merchants and told Jacob that Joseph had been killed by a wild … [Read more...]

Bible Lessons

  For the past several weeks I've taken us on a journey through the Bible by highlighting many of the people whose lives and experiences are important to the understanding of God's plan. We followed the chronological timeline noting significant figures who were important in the story of God's relationship with mankind. The culmination of God's plan in history was the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the focal point of God's plan to rescue sinful humanity and to … [Read more...]

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