Contributed on May 5, 2013
Fear God? Seriously? I thought that was "so" Old Testament. But 18 times Proverbs repeats the theme that wise people will "fear the LORD". Can fearing God actually be a good thing?
OPEN: A policeman was walking his beat. I don’t know if he was writing a ticket or watching a suspicious individual, but he was distracted enough that he barely felt the tug on his coat. He turned, and there stood a little girl. “Can I help you?” the policeman asked her. “My mommy told me that ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2013
A godly woman is worthy of honor and respect, but Proverbs recognizes that some kids don't do that. Why should a child honor their parent and how can they do it as a Christian ought to?
As I was in the foyer this morning I saw Jim and Iris. And I said to Jim “Happy Mother’s Day”, to which he replied “I guess it really doesn’t apply to me. I’m not a mother.” Then he paused and said “Well, I guess you could say I’m the reason ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2013
James says the tongue is a filthy and foul organ of the body. But Proverbs 15 tells us that that very tongue has ability to do mighty things for God. What does Proverbs tell us are the good things we can use this muscle to do?
OPEN: The tongue. The tongue is considered a very important part of our culture. So much so that it is central to many of our common sayings. Sayings like: • I just said that “Tongue-in-cheek” • Or “are you tongue tied? • “Will you quit sticking your tongue out. • Or “That’s a real tongue ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2013
God calls us to live righteous lives. But Romans tells us that no one is righteous. So, God wants to me to be righteous. I want to be righteous... but no one is righteous so I can’t be righteous. How can that possibly make sense?
OPEN: Back in 1929, Chicago had a problem. In fact, the tentacles of that problem infested much of the nation around Chicago. The problem had a name. And that name was Al Capone. Capone was a criminal. A wicked man who literally ran the city of Chicago. He owned most of the politicians and ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2013
There’s an old saying "God hates the sin, but loves the sinner." But the Bible actually tells me God hates sinners. How can that be?
A man was driving down a country road, and - off to the side of the road - he saw an old tumbledown barn. On the side of the barn- a young man had apparently painted this message: "I love you, Kathy." The man smiled as he drove on and thought about the beauty of those few simple words. A few ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2013
What do we dads for? In a society that regards fatherhood as irrelevant, why would God believe in fathers?
OPEN: Have you ever noticed how little children pepper you with questions? I read the story once about a little four-year-old who did that to his mom. "Mommy, where do babies come from? Not quite sure she wanted to get technical with her son just now, she replied: "The stork." “Oh, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2013
Why would people chose to be wicked? And why would this lifestyle be a temptation even for the average Christian?
OPEN: I once read the true story of their English professor who was on her way to class one day. She was running late and was going over the speed limit. Then she saw the dreaded red and blue lights in her rear view mirror and heard the siren, and she pulled over. As the policeman was making out ...read more
Contributed on Jun 30, 2013
One man once asked a number of important men: "What is the meaning of life", and nobody seemed to have an answer. But Proverbs 16 does. What does this passage tell us about living a life that is fulfilling and filled with God's blessings?
OPEN: I’d like you to sing the first verse of Amazing Grace with me: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found Was blind, but now I see. This morning, I want to focus on one phrase in that great hymn: I once was lost, but now ...read more