Scandalously Simple

Reading through Joe Barnard's The Way Forward has been painful in a good sort of way. Written for the spiritual growth of men in the 21st Century, the first third is a diagnosis of the problem, of what keeps us from maturing in Christ as we should. The following quotation is from that section of …

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Biblical Wisdom

Where There Are No Oxen, The Manger Is Clean | Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4   I am aiming, not simply to live life, but to live it abundantly. The LORD has called us to do so. He who is the resurrection and the life will be faithful to …

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Biblical Wisdom

Get Wisdom | Proverbs 4:1-9

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast …

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Discipline Is More Than the Rod

In Ephesians 6:4, the Apostle Paul commands fathers to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the LORD. Correct them. Teach them. What’s so hard about that? Proverbs, particularly and repeatedly, reminds us of the corrective role in parenthood through the rod. “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves …

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The Greatest Commandment | Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall …

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Biblical Wisdom

The Cost of Adultery | Proverbs 6:20-35

My son, keep your father's commandment, land forsake not your mother's teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and …

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Is God Disciplining Me Through Suffering?

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline, nor be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV God loves us so much that He disciplines us. That is not a fun statement. It is, however, no accident that discipline and …

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