Contributed on Jun 27, 2017
All believers share the same foundational Christian ethics, at least to some degree So let us consider some piercing ethical questions of ourselves.
Know A Compulsive Liar, Crook, Proverbs 25:18-20 1. The stereotypical pastor is old, has a collar around his neck, and never cracks a smile. He exists to spread gloom and cap joy. 2. Stereotypes are, by nature, ridiculous. For example, we associate many stereotypes when we think of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2017
In any context in which we must work closely with people, we can expect conflict, irritation, inconsistency, and aggravation. It takes discipline to handle them well.
Apple Talk (Proverbs 25:8-14) 1. There is a constant debate between computer users: Is Apple (Mac) better than Windows? 2. For people who work with graphics, the Mac will win by and large. 3. But for the rest of us, the matter is debated — especially taking into account the cost ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2017
Moderation should be our starting point when making our decisions, including the minor decisions of daily life.
Moderation in Action (Proverbs 25:15-17) 1. Moderation is not merely a Jewish or Christian value. In ancient Greece, the temple of Apollo at Delphi bore the inscription Meden Agan … 'Nothing in excess'. Doing something "in moderation" means not doing it excessively. (Wikipedia) 2. A better ...read more
Contributed on May 22, 2017
Wisdom is about making good choices, and it is also about know what to typically expect in life and in dealing with otherås. We can always gain more wisdom as we incorporate particular concepts.
Wise and Wiser (Proverbs 25:1-7) 1. Last week, I finally carved out some time to water blast our back deck. Between rain, cold, and busy schedules, it was no easy task. 2. Neither is water blasting. Last time I did it, 3 years ago, not such a good result; it would cut little trails into the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 3, 2017
The emotion that wells up within us to “get even” is about control, consequences, and vindication. Relational issues are never JUST relational issues!
Getting Even Somehow (Proverbs 25:21-24) 1. Nobody likes a power outage. You may light oil lamps or use LED lanterns. 2. You enter a room, try to turn on a light switch. There is a lot of psychology there. 3. This is even true of an internet our computer outage. We have become so ...read more
Contributed on Jul 11, 2017
Life is filled with ups and downs, but God’s Word helps us anticipate and soften the downs and keep the ups from morphing into downs.
Enjoying the Ups and Bracing for the Downs (Proverbs 25:25-28) 1. I have told this joke before, but it has been a few years. 2. Two guys are bungee-jumping one day. The first guy says to the second, "You know, we could make a lot of money running our own bungee-jumping service in Mexico." ...read more