Contributed on May 23, 2011
In order to grow in social and relational wisdom, we must understand what is likely; fortunately, Proverbs gives us a divine perspective.
Caution: We Are In the People Zone (Proverbs 18:1-4) 1. Wisdom not valued much in modern society, so wisdom literature not popular in our culture; In the past, Aesop’s fables–which are amazing– used to be a common resource for popular wisdom. But in the ancient near east, wisdom literature ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2011
here are you at on the wisdom continuum? How do you handle human vulnerability – yours in particular? How you answer the questions I will raise will provide a good diagnostic for your level of godly wisdom.
Diagnosing Your Wisdom Count (Proverbs 18:10-13) 1. There are many portions of Scripture considered wisdom literature. 2. Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and certain Psalm (like 112), along with the NT Book of James and some of Jesus’ teachings, particularly the Sermon on the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2011
A grouchy, closed-minded, stingy mentality works against you. A cheerful, open-minded, generous mentality will bring you many blessings in this life and in eternity.
Godly Zip and You (Proverbs 18:14-16) 1. Jean Paul, a Cajun, moved to Texas and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry, but I got some bad news. The donkey died.” “Well then, just ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2011
ligning our life with God’s wisdom means integrating godly principles into who we are; we must be alert, catch ourselves, and evaluate choices in light of these principles.
Align Your Life: Godly Ethics for Daily Use (Proverbs 18:5-9) 1. It is getting old, spending time in the basement because of tornado warnings. 2. Then there is the rain the strange change is temperatures. The weather through much of our nation has been difficult to contend with. At last ...read more
Contributed on Jun 27, 2011
Resolving conflict, not knowing who to believe, living knowing people are bitter toward you – these are all a normal part of the Christian life; it isn't all pretty.
Facing the Realities of Conflict and Getting Along (Proverbs 18:17-19) 1. 2 Jews, 2 Catholics, and 2 Baptists were stranded on an island. 2. Sometimes people ask, "Why can't we all get along?" The answer is simple: it is not natural for people to get along with everyone. We are all kings and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 4, 2011
Careful: Many of life's blessings can be enjoyed, but they carry with them the potential to work against you.
Gaining Your Bearings in Life (Proverbs 18:20-24) 1. I was told that I had used the joke from last week's sermon just 4 weeks earlier, about the 2 Jews, the 2 Catholics, and the 2 Baptists stranded on an island. Oops. 2. So, to redeem myself, I will tell one only about two Jews stranded on ...read more