Biblical Wisdom

When the Tempest Passes | Proverbs 10:25

When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,but the righteous is established forever. Proverbs 10:25 ESV We do right to compare suffering and affliction to storms. Like a tempest, trials often race across the horizon and overshadow us in a moment, and the destruction that they leave in their wake can be devastating. Indeed, …

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Where There Are No Oxen | 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 ESV DEFINING THE PRINCIPLE ON CLEANLINESS AND ORDERLINESS EMBRACING THE MANGER The wisdom literature of the Bible (that is, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon) holds a special place in my heart. …

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Rethinking the Relationship Between Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, & Song of Songs Saying that you have a favorite book of the Bible kind of feels as wrong as saying that you have a favorite child. It is all God's inspired Word, so we should love all of it equally, right? Well, maybe favoritism is the wrong way to think of it; nevertheless, I do think that …

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Pride Will Bring Him Low | Proverbs 29:23

One’s pride will bring him low,but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23 ESV We only need to survey the culture around us to find evidence that the first half of this proverb is true. Secularized individuals (I say this instead of secularists simply because many people would certainly not call …

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Scoffer Is His Name | Proverbs 21:24

“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty manwho acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 21:24 ESV Proverbs does not speak well of scoffers. They "seek wisdom in vain" (14:6) because they do "not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise" (15:12). They "set a city aflame" (29:8) and are "an abomination …

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Guard Your Heart | Proverbs 4:20-27

Yesterday I was invited to be a guest preacher at a sister congregation, and these are the notes for that sermon. For the next passage in Mark that was preached yesterday, you can listen to Pastor Jim's sermon here. My son, be attentive to my words;incline your ear to my sayings.Let them not escape from …

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When Pride Comes | Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgracebut with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 ESV Pride is arrogance and self-conceit, a lofty view of self. Pride, by its very nature, scorns disgrace and shame; it cannot endure them, for they dismantle being proud. It is supremely ironic, therefore, that this Proverb teaches us that pride brings …

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Pride in Proverbs

Thanks to our planet completing another revolution around the sun by the upholding of Christ our Lord, June has come again. While summer officially begins later in the month, here in Oklahoma the heat has already arrived, and already even the cool breeze of spring is giving way to the summer warmth. Recently, however, June's …

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Visionless in a Visual Age I have a thought or two about the whole Kyle Rittenhouse trial and verdict. But let me first say that I am glad that the calling of a pastor does not include the requirement of being a cultural commentator. I am too slow of thought to have something scriptural and meaningful say before social …

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The LORD Weighs the Heart | Proverbs 21:2

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2 ESV As this verse states, self-justification comes all too easy. For example, I immediately condemn the driver who cuts me off, but whenever I cut someone off, then it is justified as being either an accident or …

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