'Proverbs' Tagged Posts

'Proverbs' Tagged Posts

“PRESS ON!”

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul soars to the very heart of God. He says:  “Whatever things were a profit for me, these things I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.  But even more than that, I consider everything to be a loss because of what is worth far more: knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have lost all things and consider them rubbish, so that I may gain Christ  and be found in him,…

“LET MY PEOPLE GO!”

Back in the 60’s when most TVs were still in black and white, lots of folks gathered around the tube on Sunday evenings to watch The Fugitive, starring the late David Jansen.  (Harrison Ford played the movie role many years later.)  The story-line followed a young doctor, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, fleeing from a zealous detective who was absolutely certain of the doctor’s guilt.  Of course, we all knew that the one-armed…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – THE EPISTLE OF JAMES

James is one of the so-called General Epistles of the New Testament – along with First & Second Peter, First Second & Third John & Jude. James was most likely the first book of the New Testament to be written – around A.D. 45. Two of our Lord’s 12 apostles were named James.  James, the brother of John, was put to death by King Herod very early in the history of the Church (Acts 12).  The other apostle James (son…

THE JUST GOD WHO JUSTIFIES

Some years ago Harrison Ford had folks on the edge of their seats with the movie version of The Fugitive – spun off of the old TV series. The doctor was falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of his wife.  Of course, everyone knows that the one-armed man did it. On the way to execution the doctor escapes. His time on the run, all the while seeking to prove his innocence, is the subject of the…

MANNA

Carl Manthey-Zorn was a Lutheran pastor generations ago who wrote a devotional book entitled, Manna.  Manna was the “bread from heaven” which the Israelites were given by God throughout their wilderness wanderings.  The old pastor, of course, had something more spiritual in mind with his title. The children of Israel stepped out of their tents one morning, looked at this stuff covering the ground, looked at each other and said:  “What is it?”  That’s what they call it – “manna”…

THE HONOR OF GIVING

Christian giving is done “in order to honor the Lord,” says Paul in 2 Cor. 8:19.    It is not some cold business of raising money or funding a budget. Our Christian giving is an act of worship, no less than saying a prayer, singing a hymn, lending our hearts and ears in faith to the creed, the Scripture lessons and the sermon.  It is our sacred honor to God. Solomon says in Proverbs:  “Honor [that is, worship!] the Lord with…