Contributed on Feb 6, 2012
While shallow Christians who are playing the game of religion may get into the trappings of the faith, committed believers connect that their faith is to affect their daily ethics.
Integrity, Zeal, Knowledge: What’s In Your Wallet? (Proverbs 19:1-2, 5, 23) 1. What’s in your wallet? That’s how a bunch of Vikings and a credit card company challenge us to consider a switch to their card. 2. But what is in your wallet? Probably money, perhaps a driver’s license or ID, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2012
God created human beings to be social, reasoning creatures. His Word advises us about how to get along with others, how to relate to others, and how to live wisely and reasonably.
Working With Human Nature (Proverbs 19:3-4, 6-7) 1. ABC News reported a strange story this week: Arthur Livingston, of Prosperity, S.C., may feel prosperous and alive, but his credit report says, "File not scored because subject is deceased." That’s because Livingston’s bank, Bank of America, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2012
How do you learn to tame anger? How should you relate to angry people? The one-word answer is “Wisdom.”
Applying Wisdom to Anger (Proverbs 19:8, 10-13, 16,19,20) 1. I knew a guy in high school who was a friend of a friend. 2. He was a big guy, and he seemed nice enough, but he had an anger problem. 3. After we graduated, he got a part time job at McDonald’s. One day, he got so angry at his ...read more
Contributed on Feb 27, 2012
Walking with God means we must be willing to mix discipline with compassion in the right ratios and in the right situations. There is a time to be firm and buckle down and a time to open your heart.
A Sane Perspective Upon Discipline and Compassion (Proverbs 19:14-15, 17-18) 1. Discipline and compassion are connected. For example, if teachers do not keep a class under control, students cannot learn and that affects their futures. 2. A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 8, 2012
Solomon urges us to wake up and smell the coffee: we have to be serious about living with good sense.
Basic Sense for A Sense-Deprived World (Proverbs 19:21-29) 1. The continent of Africa has been a miserable place to live perhaps since the flood. 2. While all the world was making progress, Africa seemed to go backward. 3. All the experts were surprised when Africa started to lunge forward ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2012
In his attempt to keep us on the Highway of Wisdom, Solomon warns us of the dangers that lure us to exit, including alcohol abuse, provoking anger, and procrastination.
Beware: Danger Ahead! (Proverbs 20:1-4) 1. An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean, “In return for your unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord will reward you with your choice of infinite wealth, wisdom, or beauty.” “Give me infinite wisdom!” declares the dean, without ...read more
Contributed on Apr 27, 2012
Solomon is training us to develop discernment, the ability to distinguish between truth and lies, integrity and dishonesty, foolishness and wisdom. From his words, we can draw four important principles.
Discernment Camp (Proverbs 20:5-8) 1. Once when Red Skelton was being interviewed he was asked if he ever was at a loss for words. He hesitated a minute then said, "I dreamed I died and went to heaven. Just as I was taken before God, he sneezed...and I just didn’t know what to say to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2012
Integrity is a quality closely associated with wisdom, righteous living, and character. People of integrity are good ambassadors for our Lord!
Integrity (Proverbs 20: 9-14) 1. One gals tells this story: It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City. My friend, a proud father named Bobby, was taking his two little boys to play miniature golf. He walked up to the fellow at the ticket counter and said, "How much is it to get ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2012
We should never assume that common sense is common. We all have gaps in our wisdom spectrum, and we all need to review to stay sharp. Today we will look at four obvious bits of divine advice.
Horse Sense Without the Horse Proverbs 20:15-18 1. I like horses okay, but they I am not a horse-person. 2. But for much of history, horses were crucial. As a result, we have developed a lot of idioms involving horses. 3. “Many terms and phrases in the English language harken back to a ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2012
We desperately need wisdom to make good choices.
Making the Better Choice (Proverbs 20:19-22) 1. This Fall, our nation will vote for a president and a host of other offices. 2. Have you ever what would have happened “if.” 3. What if Abraham Lincoln had not been elected? What if Nixon had beat Kennedy. 4. The 2,000 election ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2012
Life and God are not two unrelated subjects. For the believer, the way we live honors or dishonors God.
Sharpening Our Respect for God (Proverbs 20:24-27) 1. I have long respected aspirin. I take a baby aspirin every day to keep my blood thin because I have a stent. 2. But I have developed an even greater respect for aspirin after reading an article that surfaced in Forbes Magazine this week. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2012
Rather than going through life bumping around for direction, we need to develop a Biblical philosophy of living life.
A Philosophy of Life (Proverbs 20:28-30) 1. This week our friends in the UK celebrated the 60 year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. 2. During that reign, the values of her society and ours have changed rapidly. The UK and the US have gone from a Leave It to Beaver perspective to ...read more