Proverbs and Friendship Pt 1

Proverbs and Friendship Pt 1

What if we could receive friendship guidance from the One who made us and understands us? What might He say about our friendships? The most commonly used word for “friend” and “neighbor” in the book of Proverbs is formed from the verb meaning “associate with”. The noun thus refers to another person with whom one is close. The translation “friend” indicates emotional attachment, while “neighbor” fits those contexts where spatial intimacy is meant.

Wisdom and Wealth Pt 4

Wisdom and Wealth Pt 4

Every waking moment of our lives, we operate from one of two viewpoints: human or divine. Our human perspective is desperate for control; we clamor for control as if this whole thing depends on us. We remain willfully and stubbornly limited to our human perspective. We prefer to do it our own way.

Wisdom and Wealth Pt 3

Wisdom and Wealth Pt 3

We are captivated by the rich, strong, good looking and powerful. Most of our personal fantasies involve us getting rich, stronger, better looking and more powerful. Our eyes are constantly scanning for these characteristics; our flesh craves these traits. As all the eyes of the world are on the wealthy and influential and the powerful, where are God’s eyes?

The Theology of Proverbs and Jesus Christ

The Theology of Proverbs and Jesus Christ

The theology of Proverbs in biblical perspective is this: The wisdom of God has been built into the created order through Christ, God’s master builder. When we live wisely, when we live skillfully, we live in accordance with the way God has made the world. Ultimately, Christ is the fulfillment of God’s wisdom, embodying it to the fullest.

Wisdom and Wealth Part 2

Wisdom and Wealth Part 2

Often we separate our work, our vocations, into sacred or secular. Sacred work is seen as inherently spiritual and secular work isn’t. Sacred vocations are pastors and missionaries at non-profit and parachurch organizations. Then there are “secular” jobs that, in our minds, are less significant to God. These jobs and roles are simply to make money to support the real work of God.

Wisdom and Wealth Part 1

Wisdom and Wealth Part 1

For those who have money, you typically have to address the love of it, the stewardship of it and how deceptive it is in making us feel autonomous and self-sufficient. For those who don’t have money, you typically have to address the fantasies of what money can bring and what it can’t bring. You have to address the idea that success and meaning is equal to the money we have in our bank accounts and our earning power.

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 6

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 6

As a parent, at some point you will be confronted with your inability to rescue your child from the pain of their decisions or the pain of this world. You’ve spent every minute of your parenting life believing that if you were a good enough parent, you could prevent certain things from happening to your kids. But you didn’t prevent it; you couldn’t prevent it. And here you are – overwhelmed with feelings of powerlessness.

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 5

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 5

In Proverbs there is a caution against flatter, but affirmation isn’t flattery. Flattery is when words are used to manipulate someone; affirmation is for the sake of the hearer and is so powerful. We have so many negative tapes that are being played in our heads that we get lost in a world of shame and doubt and desperately need affirmation. We are so thirsty for genuine affirmation and so are the kids.

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 4

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 4

This is the message to our children: We are not going to find meaning outside of an abiding, intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Satisfaction is not going to happen without Jesus.
However God leads our children, however they are gifted, however life turns out – marriage, jobs, locations – if Jesus isn’t the center of their universe, they are sunk. Cheap and empty pleasures will not satisfy; only He can!

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 3

Parenting Through Proverbs Part 3

If you were to watch parents these days – if you were to watch our own parenting – you would probably conclude that happiness must be secured through minimizing our kids struggles. Failure and challenge are the last things we want our kids to experience. Who wants to watch their kids struggle? Not me! Not you! We want them to succeed and be happy!

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