Thursday, May 28, 2009

JOURNEY THROUGH PROVERBS (CONT'D)

Here are the rest of my learnings from the book of Proverbs.


16. Verse 13--I'm grateful that God has placed some men in my life who love me enough to tell me the truth.
17. The "acceptable" sin in church seems to be gossip. But Proverbs would beg to differ.
18. Amen and amen to verse 22. "Find a good spouse, you find a good life...." I hit the jackpot with the spouse I found. Anita is the best!
19. Helping the poor is a value taught all through the Bible. Verse 17 teaches that helping the needy is like loaning to God. He will repay. So helping those on the margins of society is a kingdom investment.
20. Verse 18 is a great leadership verse. The leader needs to seek counsel from others, set the agenda, and get all the help he can get.
21. More good leadership principles: Make sure God is controlling the direction of the vision (v. 1). Always be ready for the worst, and trust God to bring the victory (v. 31).
22. This chapter introduces thirty "sterling principles" to live by. I've never tried counting them out, but The Message Bible separates and numbers them. They go through Chapter 24. Examples: Don't take advantage of the poor. Don't hang out with angry people; don't gamble.
23. Anita and I are extremely proud of how our three sons have turned out. All three are uniquely gifted and they love Jesus--that's the main thing. And we pray they stay on the "straight and narrow." (verses 22-25)
24. To work through a church crisis requires strategic planning. To be victorious requires a lot of good counsel.
25. There is a lot of value in doing positive things to your enemies (verse 21-22).
26. More picturesque truths about gossip. Listening to it is like eating cheap candy (v. 22)
27. Proverbs has a lot to say about friendship. Verse 10 tells me not to bail on a friend when things are tough for him. The corollary is important too. If I'm going through tough times, I trust my friends won't bail on me.
28. My prayer--Lord, help me lead your people down the right path (v. 10).
29. The effective leader always reports the good things God is doing. If the people can't see the positive things, they will stumble (v. 18).
30. The leader must never allow emotions to get the best of him (verses 32-33).
31. Yes, a good woman is hard to find. But, thank God, I found one...and the best one at that!




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JOURNEY THROUGH PROVERBS

The book of Proverbs is a reminder that the Bible is not just about how to get to heaven. It is also a book on how we're supposed to live on earth. Wisdom, which goes beyond knowledge, is the word used to describe how we should live on earth. Below are nuggets from my recent read through Proverbs (one per chapter--hard to narrow it to one).


  1. Verse 7--Living right always starts with God, bowing to Him and learning from Him

  2. Verses 20-22--It is the one who walks straight that will be on the receiving end of God's maximum blessings.

  3. Verses 5-6--Two of my most favorite verses. How I need to practice what they teach! How I need to listen for God's voice in everything I do and everywhere I go.

  4. Verse 23--Another of my favorite verses--So many of the problems I face in life are my own heart problems. I need to keep vigilant watch over my heart.

  5. Verse 18--The key to a healthy marriage is to enjoy to the fullest the one you married.

  6. Verses 32-33--Adultery is a brainless act and self-destroying. It will ruin your reputation.

  7. Verse 25--After vividly describing how a man falls into the trap of lust and adultery, the writer provides a solution that protects the man from falling--don't even stroll into her neighborhood. Stay away, run away from even getting close to a compromising situation.

  8. Verse 17--If I earnestly seek wisdom, I will find it.

  9. Verses 9-10--If I want to live the life God designed me to live, it begins with fearing Him.

  10. The storms of life expose the difference between good and wicked people. One is not fazed, the other is destroyed.

  11. My favorite chapter so far. Filled with practical, godly advice: integrity, generosity, character, hard work, kindness, self-control, servanthood. Read it for yourself.

  12. Lots of stuff on the tongue. Verse 18 is my favorite. "Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise."

  13. Verse 24 is excellent wisdom for parents. Failure to discipline children is the same as failure to love them.

  14. Two reminders stuck out to me: (1) The mark of a good leader is loyal followers. (2) What makes a country strong is devotion to God. Avoiding God makes a nation weak.

  15. I'm grateful for leaders who provide wise counsel for me. They help lead me to success.


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God Was Moving!

The short week (Memorial Day) put me behind in all the things I needed to accomplish. I should have posted this earlier, but I can't let it pass. Last Sunday was an awesome day of worship.

God blessed my socks off before the service even started when one of our senior members called me over to where she was seated. Then she began to tell me how when she was a teenager, she couldn't go to camp because her family didn't have the money to send her. Then she told me how she had a piggy bank where she always inserted pocket change. After a while those piggy banks can accumulate a good bit of money. So she was ready to break hers open. And guess what she said she was going to do with the money. She was going to give it to the student ministry so that she could help someone go to camp. That is absolutely awesome!

And I could sense a great spirit in our worship services. The tribute to our veterans was fabulous. I wish you could have been seated at the front to see the many tears dripping down the faces of the men and women. Many thanks to Woody Wagers for helping plan this service.

I appreciate the many positive feedbacks I've received from my message. I believe the people of Chapin Baptist are ready for a new day. It is time to put the past behind us. We will learn from our mistakes and failures. But we press on. God has great things in store for us. Let's focus on how we can excel in our love for one another as we strive together to impact our city for Christ.

God was moving. May that be our experience every Sunday!

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