February 23rd, 2007
Wisdom: "The ability to handle life with skill."
A--Three kinds of couplets in the book of Proverbs, to impart truth:
1) contrastive (using the word "but,")
A wise son accepts his father's discipline,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2) completive (using the words "and" or "so":
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.
3) comparative, using the words "better/than" or "like/so":
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
Better is a dish of vegetables where love is,
Than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
B--Cameo appearances of characters, to impart truth:
Basically four ways to deal with the problems of life . . .
1) we can avoid them
2) we can allow them to deflect us from our goals
3) we can view our situation as hopeless and simply give up
4) we can work through the issue to a healthy resolution
for example, to deal with the problem of lust:
Reproofs for discipline are the way of life,
To keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her catch you with her eyelids.
context: father speaking to a son
practical advice: to resist lust's temptations, you must guard your heart, in other words, don't meditate on impure thoughts. Don't cultivate base imaginations. Don't linger with lustful eyes . . . no abstract theorizing or engaging in wishful thinking--words cut through to a solution.
The purposes of the book----------
Chapter 1 (there are 5 specific purposes of Proverbs)
To know wisdom and instruction,
To discern the sayings of understanding,
To receive instruction in wise behavior,
Righteousness, justice and equity;
To give prudence to the naive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
October 2nd, 2006
September 22nd, 2006
. . . to all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer
that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,
10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.
11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.
September 19th, 2006
Jesus & Disciples plucking corn on Sabbath.
Jesus and the man with the withered hand.
The malice of the Hypocritical Pharisees
Jesus heals a demoniac
Blasphemy of the Pharisees
Evil words proceed from an evil heart
The Scribes & Pharisees reproved for seeking a sign.
The Disciples are His nearest relations. (disciple: a learner)
"Lord Jesus, you are my hope, my refuge, and my salvation. Be the ruler of my heart and the master of my home. May there be nothing in my life that is not under your protective care and lordship."
September 12th, 2006
And confession of sin does not remove the buildup of callousness or hardness in the soul of the person who has lived apart from God for a long time. This removal of scar tissue is accomplished through edification, the Biblical system for understanding and applying the Word of God.
Confession of sin does not give you emotional experience, nor is it accompanied by an emotional reaction. God's forgiveness is based on His promise to cleanse
, not on how a person feels
. And, confession does not always remove the pain or suffering which is the result of the sin itself or which came as a result of divine discipline. Although the cursing is turned to blessing, the suffering may continue; but the suffering may be endured to the glory of God instead.
September 8th, 2006
Romans 1:9, 10
God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
September 7th, 2006
But when his heart
became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart
what is written in it, because the time is near.
August 21st, 2006
1 Chronicles 29:1717
I know, my God, that you test the heart
and are pleased
All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
[A Psalm] of David.
VINDICATE ME, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity;
I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind.
For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth [faithfully].
I do not sit with false persons, nor fellowship with pretenders;
I hate the company of evildoers and will not sit with the wicked.
I will wash my hands in innocence, and go about Your altar, O Lord,
That I may make the voice of thanksgiving heard and may tell of all Your wondrous works.
Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
Gather me not with sinners and sweep me not away [with them], nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
In whose hands is wickedness, and their right hands are full of bribes.
But as for me, I will walk in my integrity;
redeem me and be
merciful and gracious to me.
My foot stands on an even place; in the congregations will I bless the Lord.
August 13th, 2006
1 Corinthians 7
1NOW AS to the matters of which you wrote me. It is well [and by that I mean advantageous, expedient, profitable, and wholesome] for a man not to touch a woman [to cohabit with her] but to remain unmarried.
2But because of the temptation to impurity and to avoid immorality, let each [man] have his own wife and let each [woman] have her own husband.
3The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights (goodwill, kindness, and what is due her as his wife), and likewise the wife to her husband.
4For the wife does not have [exclusive] authority and control over her own body, but the husband [has his rights]; likewise also the husband does not have [exclusive] authority and control over his body, but the wife [has her rights].
5Do not refuse and deprive and defraud each other [of your due marital rights], except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, so that you may devote yourselves unhindered to prayer. But afterwards resume marital relations, lest Satan tempt you [to sin] through your lack of restraint of sexual desire.(A)
6But I am saying this more as a matter of permission and concession, not as a command or regulation.
August 7th, 2006