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Summary: Proverbial wisdom. 1- Making good plans. 2- Finding joy.

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INTRO.- Quips, quotes and notes.

- Before deciding to retire from your job, stay home a week and watch daytime television.

- Science has increased our life span. We can look forward to paying our taxes at least ten years longer.

- No matter what your lot in life, build something on it.

- It’s hard to get a child to pay attention to you, especially when you’re telling him something for his own good.

- Personality is what you are when lots of people are around. Character is what you are when everybody goes home.

- The truth hurts – especially on the bathroom scales.

- A timid man said to his wife, “We’re going out tonight and that’s semi-final.”

- They are called “personal loans” because if you miss a payment they sure do get personal.

- Gasoline prices are so very high! A man in California recently drove into a service station and asked for a dollar’s worth of gas. The attendant dabbed a few drops behind his ears.

- All husbands are just about alike, but they have different faces so you can tell them apart.

- Nothing beats love at first sight except love with insight.

- If exercise is so good for you, why do athletes retire at about the age of thirty-five?

- The way prices and taxes are soaring, the good old days were just last week.

- The biggest need in auto safety is to recall a few million defective drivers.

- People are guided to heaven more by footprints than by signposts.

- A botanist is a man who knows all about flowers. A florist is a man who knows how much people will pay for them.

- People with an axe to grind often fly off the handle.

- Adolescence is the awkward age when a child is too old to say something cute and too young to say something sensible.

- An ingrate is neither in nor great.

- A politician is a man who gets sworn in and then cussed out.

- It’s a great deal easier to make a mistake than to unmake one.

- A person isn’t educated until he has learned how little he really knows.

- No matter how limited your vocabulary is, it’s big enough to let you say something you’ll regret later.

- You’re getting older when all sports leave you tired – including just reading about them.

- Well-bred people never stir their coffee with their right hand. They use a spoon.

- You can’t lose your head without losing your face.

- A small gift will do – if your heart is big enough.

- Middle age, to our dismay, is when we are done before the day is.

- People with tact have less to retract.

- In some cases, youngsters have been given too much, too soon, and now it’s too late.

- The happiest miser on earth is one who saves his friends.

- A hothead seldom sets the world on fire.

- Many convictions are usually hand-me-downs.

- Bragging is delivering a YOU logy.

- Frustration is not having anyone to blame but yourself.

- When your outgo exceeds your income, then your unkeep will become your downfall.

- When God made heads, he covered up the ones he didn’t like.

- The best side of a bar is outside.

Now the book of Proverbs.

I. PLANS

15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS IN LIFE? Did they fail or succeed?

ILL.- Rick Warren is both the author of the book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, and the pastor/preacher of the large Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. They normally run somewhere around 18,000 in their six services on Saturday and Sunday. This past Easter they had 39,000 attend their services. Rick recently told about a vacation that his family took. Listen.

“I remember a few years ago - in one of my wife’s weaker moments - I convinced her to go on a vacation without any planning. ‘Let’s just put the kids in the car and head off!’ She looked at me and asked, ‘Where are we going to go?’ I told her I didn’t know, but we’d find out together. It would be an adventure. We’d just jump in the car and head off on a vacation. She said, ‘Why in the world would you want to do that?’ I said, ‘Because my entire life is planned. As a pastor, almost every minute of my day is planned. I need a vacation from planning. I need to just do something that’s totally unplanned.’

“It sounded like a logical idea. Actually, it sounded like a really good idea! We put the kids in our van, and we headed out across the desert having no idea at all where we were going. Kay refers to this as our pinball vacation.

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