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What Happened to Wisdom?

Lately on the news we are hearing supposedly intelligent people make inane and assinine statements.  These are people with numerous degrees after their names from prestigious institutions.  I could list some here, but you can find them daily on line and in print.  
This has led me to ponder the question, "what has happened to wisdom and knowledge in our day?"  Perhaps the starting point to find an answer is to read the words of the Preacher in Proverbs 1:1-7.  If the BEGINNING of knowledge and wisdom is the fear of the Lord, isn't that a good launching point for our query?  And by the way, the "fear of the Lord" is the FEAR of the Lord.  It involves awe and reverence, but it doesn't end there.  
I have heard that wisdom is the practical application of knowledge.  That being true, two people with the same knowledge may arrive at two distinctly different conclusions because one possesses wisdom and the other doesn't.  
The fact that we have through the years…

When God Makes Lemonade (Review)

tbbmedia gave me the opportunity to read and review this book by Don Jacobson.  As a busy pastor, Don has provided me a priceless tool that will remain on my desk near my commentaries and Study Bibles.  I'm always looking for real life illustrations that will enhance my sermons.  That is exactly what Don provides in this book.  The illustrations are from real life incidents that Don has gathered from numerous sources.  In addition, at the end of some of the stories, he provides a "Lemon Drop" which is an addendum that Don adds which gives a brief application of the story.
Sixty eight real life stories will encourage and cheer the reader, and will provide illustrative material for many sermons.

This One Thing I Do

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Paul hit the nail on the head long before any scientist began testing our ability to "multi-task".  In Philippians 3:13-14 he wrote "Brothers I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God's heavenly call in Christ Jesus."
When we try to have our devotion time in from of the TV (even if we mute it) our attention is not fully on the Lord and what He is saying to us through Hid Word.  If we pray while driving or sitting in a resturant, we are not able to focus on our request or on His immediate response to our request.  Even as I write this, I'm convicted because I'm guilty of doing the very things I'm mentioning here.  The bottom line is that all of us need some "closet time".  Jesus said in Matt. 6:6 "But you, when you pray, go into your roo…

Stop Being a Mugwump!

Last Sunday I preached about making a choice from Joshua 24.  As I've been reading and watching the news this week I've determined that Christians need to stop being "mugwumps" and get off the fence.  A "mugwump" according to Teddy Rooseveldt is a bird with its mug on one side of the fence and its wump on the other.  This week our president, and the media have celebrated a fading athlete for publically acknowledging and bragging about his sin.  At the same time our defence department has announced that military personnel who actively promote their faith are subject to court martial.  In case you haven't noticed Christians, we are under overt attack.  No longer is it just isolated events, it has become an everyday practice to denegrate Christianity and Christians.
So here is what I'm proposing.

Make sure that you are walking with the Lord through obedience to His Word.Spend time daily reading God's Word and praying for His kingdom to come and His w…