Blog Posts | Wisdom

Going Soft Against Wrath

| May 28, 2013

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Proverbs 15:1, A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. What is the wise response to an angry person who says something cruel, false or demanding? Proverbs 15:1 helps us in those awkward moments at home, at work, in our churches. The key is “a soft answer.” So, you’re standing […]

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Youth Who Set the Example

| Dec 14, 2012

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In a sermon in 1 Timothy 4:12, John Piper gets Paul’s main point and the dramatic shift of mindset it calls for. He writes, So Paul’s main point is that Timothy should not have low expectations of the impact of his life toward those who are older. He should look to God, believe in the […]

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What Is Wisdom?

| Jun 1, 2012

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In his new commentary on Proverbs, Ray Ortlund Jr. explains what wisdom is: Wisdom is more than brains. It is more than morals. We could memorize the whole Bible, and mean it from the heart, without wisdom. Wisdom is skill, expertise, competence that understands how life really works, how to achieve successful and even beautiful […]

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Wisdom for Our Good

| May 28, 2012

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Proverbs 6:22-23, When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, What is the “they” that will lead […]

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Jesus and the Book of Proverbs

| May 25, 2012

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In a helpful article on the Book of Proverbs, Anthony Selvaggio gives four legitimate connections between Proverbs and Jesus: 1. Proverbs and the Earthly Jesus 2. Proverbs and the Ontological Jesus 3. Proverbs and the Gospel of Jesus 4. Proverbs and the Risen Jesus He concludes: [T]here is also a practical benefit to recognizing that […]

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Wisdom: Overlooking Offense

| Nov 1, 2011

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Proverbs 19:11 — Good sense makes one slow to anger and it is his glory to overlook an offense. This Proverb explores two interrelated themes — being slow to anger and overlooking an offense. These two lines of poetry should not be read as synonymous, but rather taken together, they paint a picture of how […]

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Upsetting the Enticement of Evil

| Oct 17, 2011

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My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (Proverbs 1:10) It does no good to pretend it’s not true. Evil really is enticing. It really does appeal to our desires at times, which is why we need proverbs like this. Why Does Evil Entice Us? Everybody wants to be happy. It’s not wrong. God made […]

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