Contributed on Jul 26, 2021
Wisdom helps us recognize corruption, avoid corruption, and work around corruption.
The Proud, the Powerful, and the Squandering (Proverbs 29:1-4) 1, A little girl asks her father: "Daddy, what is corruption?" -- Go bring me a beer and I'll tell you. -- But mommy said you should stop drinking! -- Get yourself an ice-cream too while you bring me that beer. -- Oh, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2021
Evil is like a series of bombs scattered around our lives. If we are to diffuse them, it helps to understand them.
Evil On All Sides! (Proverbs 29:5-7) 1. Do you ever feel like you are surrounded by idiots? One web site collected stories… I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2021
Just as there are storms, shoals, and sea creatures that trouble sailors asea, so others trouble us or our community upon the sea of life.
Navigating the Human Seas (Proverbs 29:8-11) 1. You can’t always trust your GPS. Three young women escaped the sinking Mercedes-Benz SUV after the vehicle's GPS directed them down a boat launch and into the Mercer Slough in Bellevue, Washington. The driver thought she was on a road while ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2021
Wise perspectives incubate wise actions. This Sunday's sermon will look at wise perspectives about leadership, our shared humanity, and discipling children.
Wise Perspectives (Proverbs 29:12-17, 26) 1. A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter Amanda to answer the phone. And kids view the world differently sometimes. Literally. She answered the phone obediently, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2021
Seriously, though, there is a difference. God’s Word has power to propel us through life in Godliness, the word of man has some power, and the word of agitators can have a good dose of negative power. When it comes to words, we need to consider the source.
Words: Consider the Source (Proverbs 29:18, 19, 21, 22) 1. None of us doubt the power of words. This story illustrates it. 2. A group of Frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other Frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2021
Part of serving Jesus Christ is our lifelong commitment to calibrate and recalibrate what goes on within us and what goes on in our relationship to the people in our lives. This frequent adjustment is based upon His revealed will in His Word.
Calibrating with God (Proverbs 29:20, 23-27) 1. One man: “While working as a prison guard in Prague, part of my job included a lot of walking up and down the prison corridors. I used to pass a lot of bad Czechs.” Ouch! 2. Checking account checks, different story. Some people balance their ...read more