Have you ever wondered, "Who's in charge of my life - me, or God?" If you've ever wondered this you're in great company. There's a complex relationship between free will and the sovereignty of God. This week Solomon helps his young son understand the bigger picture in life. One of the famous Scriptures helps us in wrestling with this question. Please read Proverbs 16:1-9 and be ready to grow in your understanding of the sovereignty of God.
God bless you all and hope to see you Saturday morning!
How many of you could stand to have more peace in your lives? I confess this week's passage is a challenging one but one that will hopefully help build peaceful relationships. Have you ever been so angry with someone you took the "filter" off and really blasted them. I'm not talking about a holy or a righteous anger. I'm talking about feeling so hurt or angry that you said whatever came to mind to hurt them back. If you have, you're not alone. But a part of reading God's Word is to identify and seek more of His character in our lives. We are called to live at peace with one another "as much as it depends on you" (Romans 12:18). We can't control anyone else, all we have hope for is that God will grant us the wisdom to think before we speak. Look for Solomon's wisdom in Proverbs 15:1-4 and be ready for a great day of worship!
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We were all created to be in community. God said it wasn't good for Adam to be alone and created Eve. He told them to multiply and fill the earth. We were made out of love for love. We were made out of relationship for relationship. With whom do you "hang"? When we were little our parents helped choose our friends. They didn't want us hanging out with the "wrong" people. When we got older we chose our own friends. In 1 Cor. 15:33 Paul encourages Christians to be careful in choosing friends, "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character".
It is the job of every parent to equip our children in choosing their friends. In our passage this week, wise Solomon is helping his young son know the importance of choosing his friends wisely. Please read Proverbs 13:20 and be ready for a great weekend of worship with friends!
God bless you all and thanks for being a part of our church family.
Often when I do personality profiling with a couple, the aim is to help them understand how they and their future spouse make decisions. The number one question I'm asked is, "Do I answer the questions as if I'm home or at work". The indication is that they are different. Many Christians have set up false dichotomies. We seem to have a different set of rules if we are at work, home, friends, or church, etc. Jesus said (Mt. 5:37) we should let our "yes" be "yes" and our "no" be "no". If we conduct ourselves with integrity, no matter the venue, then our word can be trusted. In our passage for this week, Solomon is encouraging his son to be honest in dealing with people. He sets up a dichotomy between honesty and deceptive business practices. We should have humility, honesty and integrity regardless of where we may be at the time. Our passage this week comes from Proverbs 11:1-6. Read ahead, look for the consequences of dishonest practices, and be ready for a great day of worship.
"Semper Fi". It's the motto of the Marine Corp. It's Latin, for always true. Wouldn't it be great if it were the motto of every marriage? God made the heavens and the earth, and it was good. He made light and dark and declared it to be good. He created plants and animals and said it was good. He created man and woman and all heck broke loose. God's plan was good. But, sin entered the world through Adam and Eve when they chose to defy God. Solomon tried lead his son into the blessed life by warning against adultery. Please read Proverbs 5:1-6, 20-21. I'll be sharing what Solomon and Jesus had to say about fidelity in marriage.
God bless you all and thanks for being a part of our church.