Contributed on Oct 27, 2014
Life is more than bowl of cherries, and God wants us to take life seriously. He gives us specific hands-on instructions about how to do this in his Word. Today, we will examine three principles that summarize how to get a handle on life as believers.
Getting A Handle on Life (Proverbs 22:1-5) 1. A middle school was faced with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the mirrors leaving dozens of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2014
Although we cannot offer a fool-proof plan that is guaranteed to work, we can look at some proverbs that will help us be more likely to be on the winning side of life’s biggest issues. But we must be willing to surrender our sacred cows.
Giant Issues in Life (Proverbs 22:6, 15, 7,9) 1. Upon waking, a woman said to her husband, "I just dreamt that you gave me a necklace of pearls. What do you think it means?" The man smiled and kissed his wife. "You'll know tonight," he softly whispered. That evening, the man came home with a ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2014
We humans and yes, we believers, are not all good or bad, black or white. We exist on a spectrum; at one end is Christlikeness, graciousness, truth, love. On the other end is self-centeredness, withholding of grace, compromised truth, and control.
The Graciousness Spectrum (Proverbs 22:8, 10-12) 1. Do you make fewer phone calls than you used to? 2. According to UPI, “…making phone calls is the sixth most common use of a cellphone, with first being sending text messages and second being receiving texts. Reading personal ...read more
Contributed on Nov 10, 2014
Foolishness is not just a general concept, it shows itself in concrete situations, like the three we will examine this morning.
When Foolishness Becomes Creative (Proverbs 22:13-14, 16) 1. Sometimes you wonder how some creative people could have such little sense. 2. A New York fugitive that jumped bail and fled from one of upstate New York’s biggest pot busts in history has been caught in Oregon after 20 ...read more
Contributed on Nov 17, 2014
Wisdom is worth the work!
The Effort and Universality of Wisdom (Proverbs 22:17-22) 1. A German Shepherd can take down a skunk at any time, but is it worth it? 2. It is possible to grow kale and other vegetables in the snow, but is it worth it? 3. I make homemade sauerkraut about 10 times a year. I begin with ...read more
Contributed on Dec 1, 2014
As representatives of our Lord and Savior, we want to reflect the ethical behavior that should characterize God’s people. Today we will look at two ethics we need to embrace.
The Unfortunate, the Hothead, and the Believer (Proverbs 22:22-25) 1. A rabbinic story tells about a group of people traveling in a boat. One passenger takes out a drill and begins drilling a hole under his seat. The other passengers, quite understandably, complain that this action may cause ...read more