It’s time for us to get into the Word. God has given us the book of Proverbs to show us the “Street Smarts” we need to live a life that honors God. Now open your Bibles to Proverbs 4. Proverbs is difficult to preach verse by verse from the first chapter to the last because it is arranged topically. Solomon may have composed and collected these proverbs to serve as the curriculum for the training of young leaders who would take their place in his vast royal administration. Students you will be wise to keep the book of Proverbs close throughout your life. As I read beginning in v.20 you will see that Solomon is conducting a body scan to make sure that every part of the student’s body is being used to honor God and live out His wisdom. It begins with the EARS. (more…)
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Most of the Proverbs were composed by King Solomon. The Bible says that Solomon was perhaps the wisest man on the face of the earth in his time. Kings from the all the nations sent their wise men to learn from Solomon’s wisdom. But if you read Bible history you discover that Solomon didn’t always follow his own advice. Eventually his heart turned away from the Lord and he died a disillusioned man. But as our memory verse reminds us, true wisdom comes from the mouth of God and it was perfectly revealed in a human body in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said in…(more…)
I went to pick out a Mother’s Day card for Nan last week. There were others on the same mission. I noticed that some walked quickly through the Mother’s Day section, spied one card, took a quick glance at the front of the card and off they went to the checkout. Others spent a lot of time looking for just the right card … carefully reading, not just the message on the front, but also the one on the inside. After a lot of thought they made their selection. Which kind of card shopper are you? (more…)
Find the book of Proverbs in your Bible. I’m in this series called “Street Smarts.” The Bible says that the wisdom of God is crying out in the streets, urging us to listen and learn so we can be live skillfully in the “streets” and the paths of life in a way that honors God. Someone has said that proverbs are short sayings from a long experience. (more…)
In 2014, Microsoft paid $2.5 billion to buy the company that created the video game Minecraft. The deal made the owner Markus Persson an overnight billionaire. Immediately he went out and bought a huge Beverly Hills mansion worth $70 million. (He out bid Beyoncé and Jay-Z for it.) Markus Persson now had it all … or at least he thought he did. A year later Persson posted a series of tweets that revealed the unhappiness and dissatisfaction he was fighting.
4:48am: The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.
4:50am: Hanging out in Ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.
4:52am: When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.
4:53am: Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.
As much as we think a little more money would solve all of our problems, human history has shown that isn’t always the case. Perhaps this morning you’re at the other end of the spectrum. You came to church with money worries … not sure how you will pay your bills. The Bible deals with money matters … because money matters. (more…)
Finding and following the right direction in life is one of the great themes of the book of Proverbs. Turn to Proverbs 3. I’m in this series from Proverbs entitled “Street Smarts.” The wisdom we find in Proverbs is for living skillfully in our everyday life in such a way as to honor God. Proverbs is really a collection of wise sayings. Some think they were used by parents to instruct their children. Others believe that the Proverbs served as the curriculum for leadership training of young men and women who would take their place in King Solomon’s vast royal administration. Whatever the case, we are talking here about the things that need to be taught to our children and students … and that need to be modeled by all the rest of us. Read Proverbs 3:1-4. The next verses are two of the most familiar in the book of Proverbs. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. (more…)
On your way to work tomorrow you accidentally change lanes and cut someone off. You didn’t see them in your side mirror and as they honk at you they have to slam on their brakes. As you come to the next stop light you stop several feet short so you don’t have to look at the person you cut off. But they pull up right beside you with an angry glare on their face. He has rolled down his window and is giving you … a piece of his mind. Thankfully you have learned street smarts from…Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. So you roll down your window and you say, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t see you. I hope you’re OK.” Or maybe you’re the one who was “cut off.” Someone makes an insensitive, cruel comment about you. You’re first instinct is to strike back, but you don’t because you have learned street smarts from…Proverbs 19:11 – A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (more…)
The film “Risen” is the story of a Roman military tribune named Clavius who is under orders from Pontius Pilate to find the body of Jesus after His tomb was found empty on the first Easter Sunday. If they can’t produce the body of Jesus then it will substantiate the claims of Jesus that He would rise from the dead. Clavius thinks that the disciples of Jesus took His body and hid it somewhere, so he sets out to track them down and question them. In the movie there’s a scene where Clavius interrogates Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He wants to know where the disciples have hidden Jesus’ body. For someone like Clavius it’s simply unacceptable to think that a man who was confirmed to be dead and then to suddenly be fully alive is ridiculously impossible. Bartholomew agrees with him, and then he asks the question that stuns Clavius: “But what if it is true? That changes everything.” (more…)
Let’s open our Bibles to Revelation 19:1. In what is called the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed by Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So we have a Father who is on the throne of heaven. There He is perfectly and appropriately revered and worshipped for who He is. So we should want His kingdom, His rule (perfectly displayed in heaven) to come to this earth. We should want His will as it is being perfectly carried out in heaven to be carried out here on earth. So the efforts to worship and hallow the name of God here on earth should mirror the way it is done in heaven. Thankfully we know what that heavenly worship looks like because God gave a vision to the Apostle John which we have recorded in the Revelation. (more…)
I’m preaching this series called “WORSHIP UNVEILED.” The book of Revelation is filled with many truths, but the greatest of all is the glimpse we get of what is true about God and His throne in heaven, now and for eternity. You see, worship is going on now in heaven, and will be for eternity. Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven, “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So the worship that goes on in heaven, revealed in Revelation, should be the pattern for our worship here on earth. (more…)