Working for a Living
Sun, Jul 14, 2013
Duration:28 mins
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 The proverbs tell us that good work habits generally lead to prosperity, and that work habits grow out of character, and that character is formed by our awe of God. This week we will look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about work, some "nonprofessional" areas of application, and some examples.

Chapter 1

Toward Wisdom & Into the Fear of God
Sun, Jun 02, 2013
Duration:54 mins
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.(Proverbs 1:5-6, ESV) Common sense seems to be not so common anymore. It seems like every time I see the news, another story is popping up that I just shake my head in response. I thought we were supposed to be getting smarter. This week we start our summer series Proverbs: Uncommon Sense. In it, we will unfold the source, nature, and content of real knowledge as we examine the book and many of the subjects it covers. If you want to begin to get a handle on it, an easy way to start is to read one chapter each day corresponding with the date. (i.e. chapter 1 on June 1). Hopefully we will all become wiser as we listen and learn from the wise.
Path to Wisdom
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. - Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) It seems like there are smart people and 'smart people'. We live in a town with a BUNCH of very well-educated people. They know answers to things that I didn't even know were questions. They have some many letters behind their name that it looks like an alphabet soup. There are also 'smart people' that have what we often call 'street smarts'. They understand how the world works. They know people and what motivates and moves them. They know how to make a deal and they know how to just get stuff done. My question is...are either of these kinds of smart people wise? Proverbs describes something called wisdom that involves knowledge. It involves the ability to relate to people. Is this just some mash-up of the intellect and social skills? This week we begin our Walk with the Wise in Proverbs 1-9. We begin by seeing seeing what wisdom is for and where it comes from. I want to encourage you to take some time and read through Proverbs 1 to prepare your heart and mind. Looking forward to worshiping with you.
Listening to Wisdom's Voice
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother's teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. - Proverbs 1:8–9 (ESV) The older I get the smarter my parents have become. I'm not sure what class they took or books they had read, but they became geniuses. When I was younger they had no idea what the world was really like. Now, my dad seems to have a realistic and wise outlook of what is going on. The truth of this perspective is not that he has changed, but my ears have become uncorked with age. In Proverbs 1, Wisdom calls to the youth to consider who you will listen to. Who will influence your thinking and direction? Wisdom is calling out, but so are a company of fools. Who will you listen to? This week, I'm looking forward to hearing my friend Jim Maynard open up God's Word. Take some time to prepare your heart and mind before Sunday to read through Proverbs 1.
Characters on the Journey
Sun, May 26, 2019
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. - Proverbs 13:20 (ESV) I feel smarter when I hang out with smart people. Many times, I may have no idea what they are talking about, but it just feels like my IQ goes up a point or two when they are around. Along the way I do pickup a thing or two which helps me learn and grow. Ever had that experience? This summer we are going to hang out, not with smart people, but with wise people. (There is a difference between intelligence and wisdom.) Scripture tells us that if we listen to the wise voices around us we will grow in our wisdom. This Sunday we start our summer series 'Walk with the Wise' looking at the first nine chapter of Proverbs. This week I'll be introducing to a few of the people we will be walking with this summer. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through Proverbs 9. The invitations in this chapter are the perfect introduction to a few of these folks.
Consequence of Ignoring Wisdom
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: - Proverbs 1:20–21 (ESV) There is no absence of voices in our world. If you want to fix a car or an appliance, you can call a repairman. If you want to tackle the job yourself, check Youtube for a tutorial. If you want to figure out what to invest in, call a financial advisor, or you can read a book, listen to a podcast, and even consult a 'robo-advisor'. Want to improve your people skills? Take an online course or go to meet-ups or try an app. There is no end to the voices for just about anything. The problem is what voices will ultimately not only help you, but tell you the truth? A company's self-interest, a profit motive, or a self-advancing perspective all taint people's advice and perspectives. How will we cut through the noise? In the midst of the crowded, loud marketplace one voice is calling. She is beckoning those that will listen. She is calling to those who want knowledge and understanding. She is Lady Wisdom. This week we continue to look at Proverbs 1, and we will see this feminine sage speak for the first time. The price to hear is admitting your own ignorance. That price is to high for some. How about you?

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Trusting God and Distrusting You
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV) I hate asking for directions. As a guy I feel that I have some innate sense of how to get from here to there. It's almost as if my ancestors passed on to me how to track the sun, look at moss on a tree, and follow the stream to get from my house to anywhere. With those senses and a good cellphone signal I can get anywhere. This is how we often think of our own intelligence. We have both internal direction and external guides that can take us wherever we want to go. Unfortunately these voices don't lead us toward God's path. In the third chapter of Proverbs, Solomon tells his son there is a need for another guiding voice. This voice however is not a fallible human one, but the Divine creator of the universe that know how everything is put together and functions including you and me. For the next two weeks, Derek Fleischmann will be opening up this chapter for us. I look forward to what God is going to show us through this time. Will you take a few minutes and read through Proverbs 3 before Sunday?
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