Reflections on Proverbs 28-29

Which proverb especially speaks to your life situation today?  How should you respond?

  • Justice – God ultimately brings justice (29:26). Leaders should seek justice (29:4, 14).  All people should live justly (28:5-7).  Are you striving to live justly?  Pray that your leaders would rule justly.  Look for justice ultimately from the Lord.
  • Fear and Trust – We ought to fear the Lord rather than men (28:14, 29:25). We ought to trust in the Lord rather than ourselves (28:25-26).  Who do you fear?  When are you tempted to fear people?  Who do you trust?  When are you tempted to trust in yourself?
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Proverbs 28-31: The Wise Woman

(28-31) For each of the following topics, answer the following questions:  What is the main point(s)?  What pictures, comparisons, contrasts, or consequences are given to drive home the point(s)?  Can you think of a current example that illustrates the point(s)?  What are some practical ways to apply the point(s) to our lives?

Sluggard: 28:19; see also: 22:13; 24:30-34; 26:13-16 –

Money: 28:6, 22, 27; 30:7-9 –

Justice: 28:5, 15-16, 21; 29:4, 7, 14, 26-27 –

Tongue: 28:23, 29:8-9, 20; 30:5-6, 10, 14 –

Marriage: 12:4; 18:22; 19:13-14; 21:9, 19; 25:24; 27:15-16 –

(31) Read v10-31. How does this woman apply the different topics of wisdom discussed above?

Sluggard –

Money –

Justice –

Tongue –

Marriage –

How do you need to apply these topics of wisdom to your life?

What is the main point of v30?  How does this compare to our culture’s point of view?  Whose point will you follow?

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Reflections on Proverbs 25-27

Which proverb especially speaks to your life situation today?  How should you respond?

  • The Fool – Proverbs 26:3-12 paints the picture of a fool. A fool cannot be trusted with tasks.  He continues in his folly.  His attempts to speak wisdom dismally fail.  Yet there is more hope for a fool than one who is wise in his own eyes.  When are you tempted to be wise in your eyes?
  • The Sluggard – Proverbs 26:13-16 paints the picture of a sluggard. He makes up excuses not to work.  He sleeps and lounges around when he should be up.  He starts a task, but never finishes.  What work does God have for you to do?  Think beyond just jobs.  What excuses have you been making?  What tasks do you need to finish?
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Reflections on Proverbs 22-24

Which proverb especially speaks to your life situation today?  How should you respond?

  • Rich and Poor – The rich should share with the poor (22:9). The rich ought not oppress or rob the poor (22:16, 22).  Are you helping those less fortunate than you?  How?
  • Training Children – Parents are to discipline their children to drive out folly and teach them the way to live (22:6, 15; 23:13-14). Parent, are you consistently doing this?  Teenager, will you submit to this process for your own good?
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Proverbs 22-27: More Practical Matters

(26) Read v1-12. How do these proverbs describe the fool?

Taking each proverb in turn, why is each description of the fool fitting?

How do you reconcile v4-5?

(22-27) For each of the following topics, answer the following questions:  What is the main point(s)?  What pictures, comparisons, contrasts, or consequences are given to drive home the point(s)?  Can you think of a current example that illustrates the point(s)?  What are some practical ways to apply the point(s) to our lives?

Humility vs. Pride: 22:4; 26:12; 27:1-2; see also: 21:4, 24; 28:11; 29:23; 30:13, 32 –

Children and Family: 22:6, 15; 23:13-14, 22-25; see also 19:13, 18, 26; 20:7, 20; 13:24; 15:17; 17:6; 29:15, 17; 30:17 –

Friendship: 27:6, 9-10, 17; see also 13:20; 16:28; 17:9, 17; 18:24 –

Good vs. Bad Tongue: 22:11; 23:9; 25:11, 15, 18, 23; 26:18, 20, 22-23, 28 –

Excess: 23:19-21, 29-35; 25:16; see also: 20:1 –

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

You May Not Love What You Think – James K.A. Smith (DG)
How am I curating my heart? What liturgies and rituals am I giving myself over to? What cultural practices am I allowing to shape my heart habits, perhaps without realizing it? What am I learning to love without realizing it?

The Problem of Nice and the Promise of New – Michael Lawrence (Crossway)
No churches ever explicitly teach the religion of nice. In fact, they typically teach the exact opposite. But those same churches are filled with people who believe that God will accept them based on how good they’ve been. I’ve heard it on too many living rooms couches and nursing home beds. Not perfect—no one ever says that—but good enough.

Are You Content To Carry the Pins? – Tim Challies
God called some Levites to carry the ark, and some to carry the pins, the tent pegs. But whether they carried the most holy or the most common items, their responsibility was to answer God’s call and to faithfully and joyfully carry out their task. We can learn from them.

Spiritual Growth Comes From Community – Jen Oshman
My encouragement to young moms, or busy students, or stressed businessmen and women is this: put yourself in a role that will require you to show up at your local church week after week. Rather than sidelining activities that will feed your spiritual growth, put yourself at the very center of them. With both gratitude and humility I see clearly that I owe my spiritual growth over the last two decades to the accountability and community of the local church.

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day growing with your local church.

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Sermon Songs: Revelation 3:7-13

MusicNotes

O Church – consider your blessings
We have a powerful King
And a history of keeping
His Word and persevering
Let us trust Him, And proclaim Him
Hold fast to our Savior’s name

The blessing of vindication
And the riches of His love
From God’s wrath a great salvation
We will dwell with God above
Let us trust Him, Rest in His love
Draw near to our God above

A glor-i-ous belonging see
Jesus writes on us God’s name
Citizens of God’s great city
He claims us with His new name
Come remember, Who you are now
Church – consider your blessings

To the tune of “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending”

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Reflections on Proverbs 20-21

Which proverb especially speaks to your life situation today?  How should you respond?

  • Lazy – The sluggard sleeps and doesn’t work (20:4, 13). The result is poverty (20:13).  The plans of the diligent bring abundance (21:5).  Which one are you?  What tendencies do you have towards laziness?
  • God is in Control – The Lord directs our steps (20:24), turns the heart of the king (21:1), throws down the wicked (21:12), and brings victory (21:31). Nothing can avail against God (21:30).  How do these truths encourage you?
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Family Collection

Here are some helpful posts for parents related to children on the internet:

Wise Technological Parenting – Jon Payne (ref21)
Allowing our tweens and early teens carte blanche freedom on their devices is equivalent to letting our toddlers play soccer next to the freeway during rush hour. It’s absolutely foolish, plain and simple. If ever we needed to be wise and courageous in our parenting, it is now.

10 Internet Safety Rules to Teach Children Before They Go Online – Alan Henry (lifehacker)
From making sure they don’t fall for phishing scams to reminding them to never reveal personal information online, children just getting their start on the web may talk savvy, but still need a helping hand learning the stuff the rest of us know. Here are a few tips to get them started on the right foot.

How to React the First Time Your Child Admits Watching Porn – John Fort (Covenant Eyes)
What are we supposed to say the first time we find out our child has been exposed? Even if we have a plan, that doesn’t mean it’s easy for us to see it through and react in the best interest of our child.

Standing Against a Destructive Misogyny Threatening Our Children – Denny Burk
A generation of young men are destroying themselves by the darkness of pornography, and now they are foisting their desolation on young women who desperately want to be loved by a young man. The sexual revolution which promised to liberate has given birth to a destructive misogyny that is now being soft-pedaled as “normal” by the likes of Teen Vogue.

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Reflections on Proverbs 18-19

Which proverb especially speaks to your life situation today?  How should you respond?

  • Anger – Wisdom leads us to overlook offenses rather than become angry (19:11). Why is that a wise response?  Why is it so difficult to respond this way?  What offenses do you need to overlook right now?
  • Wife – A good wife is a good gift from God; it is an example of God’s favor (18:22, 19:14). Husband: do you value your wife?  Are you thankful for this good gift from God?  A quarreling wife is like a continual dripping of rain (19:13).  Wife: are you quarrelsome?
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