Today is the last of this series from Proverbs that I’ve called “Street Smarts.” We’re talking about wisdom we need to live in a way that glorifies God in our life in the streets. And our memory verse reminds us that this wisdom comes from God and we need to download it every day: Proverbs 2:6 – “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” This wisdom that comes from the mouth of God became flesh and blood in the person of Jesus Christ who came to show us what this wisdom looks like lived out in a human body, but more importantly to empower us to live this wisdom. We can’t do it in our own strength. (more…)
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Let’s open our Bibles to Proverbs 20:7. We are living in a war zone. We have an enemy, Satan, whom Jesus said has come to steal, kill and destroy. We are surrounded by a sinful, confused culture, what Jesus called “the world,” that constantly tugs us in the wrong direction. And the reason that all this is a challenge to us is that our own selfish, sinful flesh is so vulnerable. For these reasons we need to continuously hear the wisdom of God to show us the way through the moral and spiritual fog in us and around us. God’s Word is all wisdom, but in parts of the Bible, like Proverbs, there is a concentration of wise sayings … what I have called “Street Smarts.” Proverbs says that this wisdom is crying out in the streets because we need wisdom in the streets of life where we live. One of the themes running throughout the book of Proverbs is the value of a wise father who imparts wisdom to his children. (more…)
Let’s open our Bibles today Proverbs 5. The better part of Proverbs 5-7 is devoted to “Street Smarts for Purity.” And this wisdom is needed more today than ever. We are living in an unprecedented sexual revolution in our day. We are far beyond the days when we were shocked by indecency, adultery and immorality. Internet pornography usage has skyrocketed, and now not just among men, but also among women. Ten years ago we would have never imagined not only that homosexual immorality would become commonplace, but that same-sex marriage would become the law of the land. Now the transgender issue is front-and-center in a national debate. Our nation is gripped in a sexual and moral insanity. The blatant message we are bombarded with is that a person can act on any impulses they have without any consequences. That’s why it’s so important that the Church hears the voice of God’s wisdom crying out above the moral insanity of our day. (more…)
The finals for the National Spelling Bee were held two weeks ago. It actually ended in a tie between eleven year old Nihar Janga of Texas and thirteen year old Jairam Hathwar of New York. Jairam’s final word in
the competition was “Feldenkrais,” referring to a system of body movements. CAN YOU SPELL THAT? Nihar correctly spelled “gesellschaft,” which refers to a type of social relationship. CAN YOU SPELL THAT? Well, it takes book smarts to know how to spell words correctly. It takes street smarts to know how to use words wisely. And that’s why the Bible has so much to say about our speech. Open your Bibles to Proverbs 10. We’re talking today about “Street Smarts for our Words.” As we talk about using our words wisely, we need to remember the righteousness and wisdom of God. (more…)
The book of Proverbs contains “Street Smarts” for living the life of wisdom and the life that honors God in every season of life. Today we’ll discover “Street Smarts … For Your Legacy.” This proverb talks about someone making a multi-generational impact … on their children and on their children’s children. Look at the verse again. (more…)
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…)
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…)