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Proverbs Helps Us Live Well in the Fear of The Lord

We begin a new series asking, Why Should I Read the Book of Proverbs Now? If we turn to the Psalms often in our lives for comfort or in prayer, the book that comes right after it, the book of Proverbs, is one we tend to skip over. But Proverbs is good news for living in the Kingdom of God. It broadens our desire and thinking beyond just right and wrong to what is wise and what is foolish. It deepens our prayers to ask for wisdom, as Solomon did, rather than just blessing. Jesus is wisdom personified and perfected. So our journey in God’s wisdom leads us into closer union with Christ. Our first teaching and application focuses on Proverbs 1:1-7 and the theme of the book: (vs 7) ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.’ Proverbs Helps Us Live Well in the Fear of the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Are we to live afraid? Can God scare us into righteousness? And how can the fear of the Lord lead to wise living? We’ll ask these questions together and more as we begin to take to heart and apply the book of Proverbs in our lives.

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For the Third Time, "Do You Love Me?"

EASTER SUNDAY. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus reading from John 21. Three times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” He asks because three times Peter denied that Jesus was his friend and Savior and the one loved him. The Bible story notes that Peter was hurt the third time Jesus asked Peter this. The word for hurt often refers to one’s grief after a deep loss. So once again love is connected to loss. And once again Jesus unites himself to you and me in the pain of suffering and sacrifice. That laying down your life kind of love results in the victory of new life, not of our own making. Easter invites us into the holy joy and deep meaning of loving like Jesus loved. Loving God by laying down our wants, rights, preferences, and comforts in order to share in the suffering, loss, and hurt of another. He will ask us again and again, Do you love me?

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