Matthew's account of Jesus life begins with an empty manger. Before he introduces the Messiah, he tells us Jesus origin story. Within this big picture he mentions four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. These women set the stage for Jesus by reminding us that God responds to faith with mercy.
The book of Proverbs doesn't mention the Exodus, or other major events in Israel's history, yet God is all through it. Proverbs reminds us to recognize and seek God in the small stuff. And that's something for which we can give thanks.
Everyone makes foolish decisions at various points in our lives. Sometimes the book of Proverbs sounds like it writes us off as a lost cause because of those decisions. However, Proverbs is a redemptive book that encourages everyone to pursue wisdom. Small wise decisions have long-term consequences.
The book of Proverbs contains many warnings about the way we speak. The wise speak differently from the fool. Words of wisdom originate in the heart, not the mind. Do your words more often build others up, or tear others down?
This short series from Proverbs seeks to spark interest in a portion of the Bible often overlooked. The writers of Proverbs have a lot to say about money. But most of the time they're using money to measure the character of a person's heart. Consider this sermon a spiritual EKG.
This short series from Proverbs seeks to spark interest in a portion of the Bible often overlooked. This sermon encourages us to use Proverbs as a catalyst for considering how we pass on Godly wisdom to younger members of our spiritual and physical families.
Sometimes it seems that there's a master list of behaviours all Christians should keep: that all Christians should be equally nice people. Yet the Bible contains story after story of people who looked nothing like each other while each possessed the Spirit of God. We need to give ourselves, and others, grace and space to grow.
God can be hard to find. Sometimes life's circumstances obscure Him. Sometimes God's people don't reveal Him. But always, if we know where to look, we can find Him. While loneliness can be debilitating, God's intention is for his children to experience relationship with Him and with His people. The church exists, in part, as a solution to one of today's great social problems, loneliness.