Wise Words Part 1

Wise Words Part 1
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs

In Proverbs Solomon says that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (18:21). Wisdom says that words are powerful because they penetrate the soul and last a lifetime. Our words bless or curse. They build up or they destroy. They encourage or discourage. They nourish or weaken. They heal or hurt.

Our Journey with Anger

Our Journey with Anger
Pastor David Schaller
Proverbs

Proverbs and anger. The teaching of Proverbs on anger is no different than any of the other topics – these teachings are God’s deep desires for us. One way to summarize Proverbs teaching on anger is: Avoid the destructive force of excess anger; pursue being slow to become angry. In Christ, you are absolutely more than your excessive responses or unhealthy repressed responses to injustices in our broken worlds. Being angry isn’t a sin! How we deal with it, where we let it go makes all the difference.

Our Song of Gratitude

Our Song of Gratitude
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs

Grumbling, whining, and thanklessness are not ultimately the heart’s responses to circumstances, but to God. Whenever God doesn’t perform the way we think he should, we let Him know it. As long as he gives us blessing we will keep following Him, but the moment He doesn’t give us what we think we deserve we have no way forward because we believe He owes us.

Hunger for Instructions

Hunger for Instructions
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 9

HUNGER FOR INSTRUCTION: If you correct a scoffer or a fool you just harm yourself. He/she will hate you and make you pay. On the other hand, rebuke or correct a wise man and what will he/she do? He/she will love you! We orient our lives and schedules to avoid instruction. We run from it; the wise run to it. Solomon uses “wise” and “just or righteous” interchangeably. For Solomon the wise person is the righteous person and the righteous person is the wise person; there is no difference.

Two Voices: The World or Wisdom?

Two Voices: The World or Wisdom?
Pastor Ed Underwood
Proverbs 7 & 8

There are two voices in this world: The inundating and deceptive voice of this world’s sinful reason- ing and the liberating and honest voice of God’s wisdom. Which voice do you listen to the most? What is one change you can make to ensure that you spend more time listening to God’s wise voice?

God’s Wisdom for Avoiding Trouble

God’s Wisdom for Avoiding Trouble
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 6

There are treacherous waters that we must steer clear from. Why are they so destructive? They give control of our lives over to evil forces and evil people. In Proverbs 6 these four treacherous waters are: 1) financial entanglements (6:1-5), 2) laziness (6:6-11), 3) mean troublemakers (6:12-19) and 4) adultery (6:24-35). Fear the Lord above everything else and avoid unwise investments, a lifestyle of apathy, divisive people and infidelity.

God’s Wisdom for Sexual Intimacy

God’s Wisdom for Sexual Intimacy
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 5

Solomon says there is a war of words happening in the secret, hidden parts of your heart. It’s God’s life giving words of wisdom in your heart verses the seductive words of the tempter or temptress. Solomon’s plea is to internalize the loving Father’s truth. Drink the Father’s words in deeply so that it becomes the fabric of your life.

Guard the Citadel of Your Life

Guard the Citadel of Your Life
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 3:13-35

Solomon says to guard your heart with all vigilance, because there is so much ugliness in this world. And if we look on ugliness too long, it impacts our fragile hearts. Our hearts were not designed to be tough and calloused; they were designed to be protected and guarded. There is so much out there that can harden our fragile hearts. We hate it at first, but then it comes familiar and finally we embrace it. Our first responsibility is to preserve and guard the citadel of our life, which is our heart.

The Value of Wisdom

The Value of Wisdom
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 3:13-35

In Proverbs 3, Solomon says the goal is “discretion” and “sound wisdom”. When the world and all her pleasures try to seduce us, we have the inner power to navigate what is front of us. We can anticipate and traverse through the traps. Solomon says there is a lot to lose – life, safety, peaceful sleep, courage and confidence. Ultimately the Lord is our confidence and the guardian of our safety. As we trust Him, He is the only one who can secure the outcomes He wants us to experience.

Faith Not Fear

Faith Not Fear
Pastor David Anderson
Proverbs 3:1-12

What’s the fuel our bodies run on? If you were to watch most of humanity, and even many Christians, you might conclude that the fuel we run on is fear and anxiety. We live in a culture of hurry and worry, and our bodies were not created to endure this lifestyle. A doctor from John Hopkins said, “We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.” We were made for faith, to trust our Creator. 

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