If you are committed to raising godly children, this study will be strategic and irreplaceable in teaching your children to fight and win lifes battles on their own.
The Adulteress Part I (Proverbs 2, 5, 6, 7)24/08/2015
Sex is one of our strongest human drives and yet sometimes from the silence of the church you would think that this was forbidden ground as far as divine instruction is concerned. In fact the book of Proverbs has some very realistic things to communicate to us about this powerful force. With all the talk about sex education it is time for us to take a careful look at one of the oldest curriculums on this subject in existence.
In Praise Of A Skillful Wife Part II (Proverbs 2)17/08/2015
Hollywood portrays it as the ultimate thrill ride of life that can satisfy the deepest longings and desires, but the church often condemns it as sinful or tolerates it as a necessity to keep the human race going. Sex –it is often taught in the classroom but avoided in home and church. How in the world has a group of people who pride themselves on their commitment to the Bible—a book that begins portraying a naked husband and wife--become so uptight about sexuality to the point that many young people believe that the devil created the human sexual response and all the pleasure that comes with it?
In Praise Of A Skillful Wife Part I (Proverbs 2)10/08/2015
It’s a job that is never done. It’s a task that few appreciate. Mothers mend the holes in their children’s lives and who notices? Because it is often the unrecognized profession in today’s money driven economy many women are choosing to leave the stinky diapers and toddler’s temper tantrums for the self-fulfillment of a career. God’s word never states that a woman shouldn’t enter the work force but it does state that when a mother thinks it’s more important to sell real estate than to skillfully build her own house, values have become tragically twisted.
Who Do You Trust? Part II (Proverbs 3:1-6)02/08/2015
Thousands of Americans are pumping iron, pounding the pavement, doing the one, two, three, fours with their favorite workout tape. Millions are spent to gain the vital information needed to get in shape physically, but sadly in the end even the most sculptured body disintegrates into dust. There is a more important part of our being that needs to be strengthened—our internal spiritual being. What are you doing to get in shape spiritually?
Who Do You Trust? (Proverbs 3:1-6)26/07/2015
Our continuing discussion about how to raise godly kids in a godless age takes us today to the most famous verse in all of Proverbs--Proverbs 3:5 & 6. Who should we trust? Who should our kids trust? And why? When we find the answer to these questions, we will know the will of God. Let’s find out why trust is so fundamental to the wise individual.
Safe Driving (Proverbs 2:12-22)19/07/2015
How would you as a parent feel if you suddenly received word that a deadly contract had been put out against your child? There was a mad man who desired to snuff out their life? Obviously, your heart would be full of fear. But suppose I told you that I could pass along some information that could preserve your child’s life? I am certain you would be all ears. God’s handbook for skillful parenting--the Old Testament book of Proverbs--reveals that there are three demolition artists who want to slam a wrecking bar into the tender lives that live in our homes.
Worth The Investment (Proverbs 2:1-12)12/07/2015
Rebates—from government rebates for energy efficient appliances to the large cash rewards for buying the new car now, sales people know the power of rebates to increase sales. Our ears perk up when someone says, “Listen, this is what you are going to get out of it.” Then listen, because you will discover what you will get out of it if you accept what wisdom is trying to teach. We are going to answer the question—Is it worth the investment?
The Last Laugh Part II (Proverbs 1:20-33)05/07/2015
In adolescence he mocks parental authority, in college he marches for anarchy, and in business he sarcastically ridicules all the fools who try to give him direction. His brand of cynical humor can make big bucks on late night TV but he knows little about what it takes to positively build a family, a community, or a nation. His name is “scoffer” and we are going to meet him on today’s Truth Encounter.
The Last Laugh Part I (Proverbs 1:20-23)29/06/2015
Right and wrong, sexual preferences, morality—many in our culture want to pretend that these choices are simply individual preferences, like choosing your favorite color, but no one gets sick and dies because their favorite color is red instead of blue. The truth is that there is a foolish way to live and a wise way to live and deep inside we all know there is a difference. Some mock these internal standards and others burn their conscience so severely that the moral scar tissue makes them totally insensitive to spiritual and moral issues, yet all have to face the consequences of the choices they make in life. Proverbs 1:20-33 shows us the consequences of rejecting wisdom’s invitation.
Bonnie and Clyde Part II (Proverbs 1:8-19)21/06/2015
Adult crime during the past year has diminished significantly, but tragically the overall statistics are alarming due to a dramatic increase in teen crime. Gangs and drugs fuel this plague among the young and it is time for parents to assume their god-given role of leadership and give their children the proper defenses to resist the pull into drugs and gangs. You might believe that these are new problems--only faced by parents today. The truth is that evil has sought to entice the young with his criminal con for centuries and the Old Testament book of Proverbs has just the right information to help our children resist. But we need to know what it says and how to relate it to today’s needs.
The Architect's Credentials Part II (Proverbs 3:19-20; Proverbs 8:22-34)08/06/2015
Modern ideas about the universe cause man to disappear in vast spaces of nothingness and light year distances. Evolution tries to persuade us that man is simply a sophisticated animal, but as we look up into the vastness of the starry heavens or as we gaze at the grandeur of a Colorado mountain sunset, we know that such beauty does not come into being by accident. God whispers to us in His creation and deep inside we remember that we were made to reflect His character. He built us to praise His name.
The Architect's Credentials Part I (Proverbs 3:19-20)01/06/2015
Modern evolution teaches brilliant young students that the universe is the product of matter times time times chance. Everything is the product of probability factors and there is no supreme intelligent being behind it all. Therefore, life has no design. It is an accident in the midst of chaos. Little wonder students lose their drive for learning. If everything is fundamentally unreasonable, why slug it out through college to train your mind in reason? Why not express the basic instincts?
Respect the Architect Part II (Proverbs 1:7)25/05/2015
We live in a high tech sophisticated world. Our grandfathers got up and read the Farmer’s Almanac to get the latest weather report. We check our smart phone and watch Doppler radar and satellite photographs of weather movements across the planet. Banging away at computer keys, rushing out to get the latest iPhone or digital gadget, do you ever wonder if the God of the Bible can keep up with all man’s technology? Are you ever attracted to trade in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for the new age force of Star Wars?
Respect the Architect Part I (Proverbs 1:7)18/05/2015
Building a house- it’s the center of the American dream. What would you think of someone who simply had a bunch of lumber dumped on a lot with wire and siding thrown in and they haphazardly begin to build. Foolishness! Then why do so many of us try to construct life and try to build our families without consulting the life Architect?
A Wise Head On Young Shoulders Part II (Proverbs 1:1-6)11/05/2015
"Standing On The Promises" This is the way one of the great hymns of the faith begins, but some of you tried to stand on the promise of Proverbs 22:6, “train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it,” but one of your children as departed. As a parent you are filled with embarrassment and guilt. You tried so hard to raise godly children but their choices have moved them far from spiritual truth. Did God’s promise fail?
A Wise Head On Young Shoulders Part I (Proverbs 1:1-6)04/05/2015
Where can we find a Dr. Spock that can give us the right information for raising kids in the 21st Century? As you face a culture where gangs slash at the vitals of our inner cities, where small towns have to infiltrate their high schools with under cover agents to control drugs, and where suicide and accidents due to alcohol abuse threaten our children’s lives, who do you turn to for answers?
The School of Hard Knocks Part II (Proverbs 1)27/04/2015
We live in a society of extremes. On the one hand we have a total disregard of parental authority as children are taught to resist their parents and express their creative energy. On the other hand we have other groups who express the opposite extreme as young adults are never allowed to cut the apron strings. Isn’t it encouraging to know that the heavenly father as given us an instruction manual that can help us avoid extremes as we help our kids learn to live instead of living and learning.
The School of Hard Knocks Part I (Proverbs 1)20/04/2015
If you are committed to raising godly children, this study on the Old Testament book of Proverbs will be strategic and irreplaceable in teaching your children to fight--and --win life's battles on their own. Is it still possible to raise godly children? How do we do it? Should we lock them up in a monastery- safe from the allures of the evil one, or should we hang loose and let them learn the facts of life by experimentation? These questions remind us of restrictive Victorians versus free loving hippies. Can we chart a better course?