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PROVERBS 6 – TROUBLEMAKERS AND DESPICABLE FOLKS

June 17, 2011

Have you ever encountered people are simply “trouble?”  There is something in their approach to life that manipulates, exploits, and simply plans to take advantage of or harm others.  Solomon speaks directly about such people, debunking any thought they are to be admired. 12 A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt […]

PROVERBS 6 – WARNINGS AGAINST FOLLY

June 16, 2011

Proverbs focuses on the importance of living by the wisdom of God. The opposite of wisdom is folly or foolishness. Proverbs 6 launches a direct assault on our propensity towards folly with some powerful warnings about what folly leads to: Read chapter 6. 1. What is the first folly as identified in verses 1-5? 2. […]

LIVING WISELY – MORE FROM PROVERBS 4

April 9, 2011

Solomon’s words here are some fatherly counsel to a son who will listen to what is being said.  Accept what I say is the way he prefaces this counsel.  Why do you think he chooses to begin this way? Now the read the entirety of the counsel. 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, […]

THE COST OF WISDOM

March 31, 2011

Today we continue our examination of wisdom with a reflection on the cost of wisdom.  Let’s begin with three simple questions – what is your most treasured possession? What did you (or someone else) pay for it? what would i cost someone to get you to give it up? In this reflection you have the […]

THE FOUNDATION

March 13, 2011

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. […]

WISDOM = WELL-BEING, 2

March 7, 2011

As we explore Proverbs 3 further we discover three areas where wisdom contributes to our well-being: healthy bodies, God’s provision, and ironically, experiencing discipline: 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 1. How would […]

WISDOM = WELL-BEING, PART 1

March 6, 2011

Most of us want to be safe and secure.  We want to prosper and live happily. We want to be loved and well thought of. Proverbs 3 explores this theme, tying it to a commitment to gaining and living by wisdom. 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your […]

THE BENEFITS OF WISDOM

February 27, 2011

Continuing Proverbs 2. Today we look more closely at verses 6-11. 1. Verse 6 tells us the source of wisdom is the Lord.  The wisdom that comes from God provides several benefits, the first of which is knowledge and understanding. What is knowledge and understanding and why do you think they are paired here? 2. […]

MORE THAN ADVICE

February 26, 2011

There are lots of people who gain a reputation, make a living, and develop a following because they give advice.  In fact, people often let these persons do their thinking for them. People often look for counsel that is easy, comfortable, and will help them cope with the moment. Not all advice is helpful and […]

THE BOOK OF PROVERBS – INTRODUCTION

February 20, 2011

The Book of Proverbs belongs to a type of biblical writing called Wisdom Literature.  Proverbs 1.1-7 is very very clear about the purpose for its writing. 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, […]