Year: 2020

Proverbs 29

  Proverbs 29 It was Karl Marx who said capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction. The very thing that makes it effective – the creation of wealth – will cause it to implode on itself. Systems often do and individuals as well.  As Oswald Chambers said, it is not our weaknesses that cause us to sin because we know them and guard against them. It is the overuse and overco ...[Read More]

Proverbs 16

This morning I want to look at two themes in Proverbs 16: Where do you want to go and who do you want to become on your way there? First, planning where you want to go.  If you are a serious Calvinist or a devout Muslim you might say, “God willing or Inshallah” as you make plans because you believe whatever plans we make are completely dependent on whatever God wills so we don’t really make plans ...[Read More]

Proverbs 5

The picture of women in the Old Testament is not a simple one. It is more like Jackson Pollock’s style than a black and white photograph. They are virgins, wives, prostitutes, adulteresses, and widows.  They are heroes and villains. They are naive and wise.  They are seducers and seduced. They are sinners and saints. In other words, they are just like men. The wife of Job says, “Curse God and die. ...[Read More]

Proverbs 4:11-25

Is Proverbs just for the young? I don’t think so. This passage reminds me of Psalm 1 because it is asking us to consider the same questions about our lives – even now when we are older. In what direction are we walking and with whom? The Road Less Travelled is not just for the young looking forward but for us looking back at our choices: “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages an ...[Read More]

Proverbs 3:21-35

We need to remind ourselves every week of two important things in the study of Proverbs: First, these are the instructions from a father to a son about the son’s eventual role in leadership.  They are not simply rules for a happy life.  They are part of his training for responsibility and we should not read them without our own increased responsibility in mind.  Again, all of this life is an appre ...[Read More]

Proverbs 3

We need to be careful when we read Proverbs out of context and pick only the verses that promise us wealth, success, and a blessed life.  That is the trap of the prosperity gospel.  They lift Proverbs out of context and do not preach the whole Gospel. Too often we have turned Scripture into something that reads more like Ben Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanac.” Remember when Paul encountered the b ...[Read More]

Proverbs 1

What is the purpose of the book?  It is not a list of sayings or quotes to be turned into bumper stickers or quoted as magic phrases to be repeated that will guarantee success in business, raising children, marriage and life.   It is a father passing on the character traits and disciplines required to rule. It is a manual for learning how to bear responsibility for other people – not just in ...[Read More]

Deuteronomy 8 and The Rich Fool

This morning we are in Deuteronomy 7 and 8.  Again, the people are poised on the edge of entering the Promised Land after wandering for forty years in the wilderness.  This is the farewell speech that lasts for 34 chapters. At the end there is nothing left unsaid that was meant to be said.  There is nothing left undone. As Paul said to the believers in Ephesus, “For I have not hesitated to proclai ...[Read More]

Deuteronomy 4

First, I have often wondered why Moses even bothered to take one last opportunity at the end of his life to instruct the Israelites.  After all, for forty years they had been rebellious and stiff-necked. They had repeatedly disobeyed, complained, grumbled, and gone their own way.  Not only that but as he says in verse 21, “The Lord was angry with me because of you and he solemnly swore that I woul ...[Read More]

Galatians 6:10

Preface:  This is a shortened lesson to help us think about a class project we are going to do with the rest of the church – a day of service in the community.  For the shortened lesson this morning I want to focus on Galatians 6:10.  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good t ...[Read More]