Friday, June 28, 2013

Wisdom Isn't Gained in an Hour

Some preacher I know is so long winded that he couldn't finish his text last Lord's Day. But that's ok. Wisdom isn't gained in an hour.

This Lord's Day we will continue our study of Proverbs 1:8-19, considering how to avoid the path of those who are greedy for unjust gain.

Songs
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (#13)
Come, Children, Learn to Fear the Lord
Psalm 1
May the Mind of Christ My Savior (#476)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 25:25-55; Psalm 125
New Testament: Luke 15:1-10

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: Hear, My Son - Proverbs 1:8-19

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Horse Sense

Proverbs is full of punchy truth. Cowboys were too, although they sure weren't inspired!

Enjoy these good cowboy sayings that are true to what Proverbs says about fools.

Some folks got no more conscience than a cow in a stampede.

Every jackass thinks he's got horse sense.
 
Some men talk 'cause they got somethin' to say. Others talk 'cause they got to say somethin'.

You can educate a fool, but you can't make him think.

A man who tells you he's no fool has his suspicions.

The man who knows the least repeats it the most.

Food for thought gives some folks indigestion.  

And one of my favorites:

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

(From Savvy Sayin's)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Who Are You Going to Listen To? Who Are You Going to Walk With?

There are lots of voices clamoring for your attention--some with good intention, and some with evil. Because of that, the opening discourse in the book of Proverbs has some timely words for you. Thousands of years after those words were written, we still need to see how God's wisdom given through parents results in honor and beauty, protecting us from the ways of death. As you read the text in preparation for our service, ask yourself, "What does it look like to walk with bad people in the digital age? What does it mean to participate with people who use others for their own gain in 21st century America?" I invite you to join us as we seek the wisdom to work out our worship into all of life.

Songs
Psalm 95
Come, Ye that Fear the Lord
Come, Children, Learn to Fear the Lord
How Good Is the God We Adore (#738)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 25:1-23; Psalm 124
New Testament: Luke 14:25-35

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: Hear, My Son - Proverbs 1:8-19

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Day Late...

Yes, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but here is something to help you prepare to give God our all tomorrow. We are certainly rejoicing in his protection of our brothers and sisters from the fire this week!

Songs
Come, Ye that Fear the Lord
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (#19)
All Creatures of Our God and King (#59)
All Things Bright and Beautiful (#723)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 24:1-23; Psalm 123
New Testament: Luke 14:12-24

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: Fools Despise Wisdom - Proverbs 1:7

Friday, June 07, 2013

Worship Leads the Way

Who we worship and how we worship will direct our entire culture. Our worship will regulate our lives in relation to alcohol, anger, authority, business, benevolence, children, conflicts, discipline, friendship, future plans, health, hard work, laziness, lying, marriage, manners, money, parents, prayer, pride, priorities, serving, speaking, and work, to name a few aspects of life that we all experience.

All of these aspects I just listed are discussed in the book of Proverbs, where we find the wisdom to work out our worship into all of life. Proverbs takes the worship of the one true God and puts it on the kitchen table. There is no escaping its call to walk in the way of life. And it all starts with...

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

We will press on to know the Lord together this Lord's Day as we transition from Leviticus to Proverbs in our series of sermons "Worship, Wisdom, and Work." See you there.

Songs
Come, Ye that Fear the Lord
O Lord, Behold Us at Thy Feet (#730)
Give Ear unto God's Holy Word (#729)
Psalm 148a

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 23:23-44; Psalm 122
New Testament: Luke 14:1-11

Sermon
Worship, Wisdom, and Work Series: Worship Leads to Wisdom in our Work - Proverbs 1:1-7

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

A Hole in Our Hymnody?

I will be preaching from the book of Proverbs shortly, so I went looking for hymns that sing of the fear of the Lord. Strangely, I did not find many that deal explicitly with this biblical truth. There are many hymns that touch on aspects of the fear of the Lord, to be sure, since such a deep truth cannot help but connect to so many facets of Christian existence. But I did not find many that meditate directly upon the fear of the Lord. If the fear of the Lord is truly "the soul of godliness," as it has been called, then why do we not dwell upon it in song? Surely the Psalms set a good pattern for us here, as they regularly bring up the fear of the Lord.

Does anyone have some good suggestions for hymns that sing of the fear of the Lord?