Forsake Not The Teaching Of A Mother Who Fears The Lord—Proverbs 1:7-9

INTRODUCTION

 

I learned a new word this week, momism. Momism can refer to several things, but the definition I discovered was those sometimes wise and sometimes witty sayings that mothers say to their children. 

 

 

Another momism (at least I think it is) I found on a towel given to us as a gift: “Wash your hands and say your prayers because germs and Jesus are everywhere.”

 

There’s a kind of worldly wisdom that mothers have that comes from many sources (including their own mothers!) Most kids despise their mother’s wisdom when they are young, but when they are older, they often admit, “Mom was right!”

 

There’s also another kind of wisdom that not every mother has—a godly wisdom that comes from a relationship with the Lord. Those who have had godly mothers find themselves doubly blessed. Those who are young and have godly mothers right now should listen carefully to her. 

 

Where does a godly mother get her wisdom? From the place where all godly knowledge and wisdom comes—

 

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Trust and Obey—Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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Levi Durfey 

 

Fifteen years ago today, the United States experienced a Pearl Harbor for this generation. In the years since then, 9/11 has brought many changes to our world and way of life. 

 

There are questions about the balance between our right to privacy and the need for security. And then there’s constant warfare against terrorists in faraway places like Syria and Iraq. And, of course, getting on an airplane is much different from what it used to be.

 

I remember talking with other pastors and Christians after 9/11. We wondered if the tragedy would turn people back to the Lord. We wondered if the churches would see a spike in attendance. 

 

Well, the little town of Longville where we lived then, didn’t see any changes in church attendance, but nationwide there was a spike in church attendance. But it was a temporary spike that was soon gone. One person reported:

 

After Sept. 11, Gallup reported that church attendance in the U.S. jumped from 41 percent to 47 percent. Less than two years later, that percentage was down to 38 percent. Last year it hovered around 36 percent.

 

For an extremely brief window of time, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers prompted many Americans to reexamine their lives and ask some probing questions. But it didn’t last. The effect faded with the shock. (http://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/blog/15-years-later-looking-back-on-9-11/ )

 

Imagine, there have permanent changes in the way we travel on airplanes since 9/11, but no permanent changes in the spiritual soul of our nation. Quite the opposite, as atheists have become more outspoken and numerous since 9/11.

 

We all face difficult times in our lives—not on the scale of 9/11, but those tough times can be a personal 9/11 to us. 

 

We have difficult choices to make from time to time in our lives. How do we make those choices and face those times?

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 is perhaps the most famous of the Proverbs. It has guided countless believers through trials and choices for centuries.

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

 

First, above all things, and in all times, whether good or evil, we are to…

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The Righteousness That Will Exalt A Nation—Proverbs 14:34

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Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people. 

 

Sometimes the predominate attitude among conservative Christians seems to be that if we could just get some God-honoring laws in place, like a law against abortion, or a law against homosexuality, or a law against bad stuff on television, that God would exalt our nation again. 

 

Granted, I would appreciate laws like that, but is that what this verse is telling us? Let’s dig in and find out what the righteousness is that will exalt a nation. We begin with…

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The Wall of Self-Control—Proverbs 25:28

Proverbs 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit Is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

 

The first phrase here, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit” refers to a loss of self-control. In Proverbs, the loss of self-control is normally associated with anger (14:17, 29; 16:32). 

 

But self-control is important for us in all our emotions and attitudes—like self-pity, being suspicious of others, envy of possessions, desire to eat, etc.

 

The lack of self-control is compared here to “a city that is broken down, and without walls.” In those days, the walls of the city were as important as sewer lines and garbage routes are to cities today. 

 

Read: The Wall Of Self-Control-Proverbs 25.28

Sermon: Guard Your Heart

We all know that our hearts are critical to keeping us alive, and not just alive, but able to enjoy life. We also know that certain foods can cause blockages and heart disease. Put those two things together and that’s why you hear a lot about heart-healthy lifestyle these days.

You can pick up a box of cereal and find the proclamation that it’s part of a “heart-healthy diet.” Bags of potato chips are careful to declare that they have “Zero Trans-fats” in their chips. We are told, rightly, that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.

But as important as a heart-healthy diet is for our physical ticker, it’s even more important to be considering the effect of your lifestyle on your spiritual heart.

Read: Guard Your Heart

Sermon: What Does God Hate?

Proverbs 6:16-19

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16 These six things doth the Lord hate: Yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, Feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16–19)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

What does God hate? Today, this is a question that many people would not even consider to be valid. Their idea of God, which is only loosely based on the Bible, is that God doesn’t hate. He only loves. He is completely tolerant of everyone and everyone’s deeds. 

 

If only they would read the Bible: 

 

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 

 

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