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How ought we to think about living among our neighbors? Does God care about community harmony and prosperity? Hear from Proverbs 11 God's wisdom for city living: practicing honesty, understanding, and discretion for the common good.
Conflicts are inevitable even in the best of relationships. None of us enjoy them, but there are some things we can do to benefit from them. The tendency is for conflicts to turn into contentions which, if left unresolved, can have a devastating effect on a relationship. But for the believer, it doesn't have to be that way. God has given us a way to resolve our conflicts so that we can actually experience growth rather than frustration and alienation.
Have you endured the pain of a "long night"? The long night is a time at which the shadows seem longer, the doubts seem deeper and hope seems bleak. Listen to this brief message which brings us the value of trusting the One who will never fail you. Yes, he may test you, but he will not hurt you. He may test you, but not more than you can bear. He may test you only so that your endurance, understanding and trust may be taken to the next level. Are you ready?
If you're looking for a shallow, feel-good Christmas message this is not it. If, however, you are looking for deep fulfillment and an escape from the pressures of Christmas chaos then you have found a very wise place to invest a whopping 79 minutes. Shall the hustle and bustle dictate how you invest? What the fleshly nature calls freedom God calls bondage…and what God calls a bond the fleshly nature calls oppression. I pray the Reason for the season will be your Governor and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Testimony of Robert S. Totman at Zoar Free Lutheran Church. 50 minutes.
We all go through different times and seasons in this life. How we go through them is the real key to victory. :-) This message will give you some much needed insight regarding going through times of transition. God bless you.
Minister Pat strikes a chord of Bethesda Ministries' heart, one of our core values: Turning, to be satisfied by God's Presence alone. 27 minutes.
In Proverbs Solomon speaks mostly about the pursuit of wisdom. Biblical wisdom will bring us many blessings and keep us from many troubles. In chapter 2 Solomon speaks of the benefits of wisdom. He urges His son receive his words and treasure his commands and seek after wisdom (Proverbs 2:1). I. We should be seeking for discretion A. It’s a whole person effort (Proverbs 2:2, 3) 1. Incline your ear to wisdom 2. Apply your heart to understanding 3. Cry out for discernment 4. Lift up your voice for understanding B. Seek and strain for it (Proverbs 2:4) 1. Like mining for silver 2. Like searching for hidden treasure C. Our efforts to find wisdom will be rewarded (Proverbs 2:5) 1. We will come to understand the fear of the Lord 2. We will find the knowledge of God II. Who is the source of wisdom? A. The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6) 1. He stores up wisdom for the upright (Proverbs 2:7, 8) 2. He is a shield to those that walk uprightly 3. He guards the paths of justice 4. He preserves the way of His saints B. Walk in His way (Proverbs 2:9) 1. You will understand righteousness and justice 2. You will understand equity and every good path III. The benefits of living in wisdom (Proverbs 2:10) A. You will gain discretion (the fruit of discernment) and understanding (Proverbs 2:11) 1. Discretion will preserve you 2. Understanding will keep you 3. Deliver you from the path of evil (Proverbs 2:12a) B. You will be delivered from evil companions (Proverbs 2:12b-15) 1. Men who speak perverse things 2. Who leave the paths of uprightness and walk in darkness 3. People who rejoice in doing evil and love to hear stories of evildoing 4. Those who are crooked and devious in their ways C. You will be delivered from the immoral woman (Proverbs 2:16-19) 1. She flatters with her words 2. She forsakes her husband and the covenant of marriage 3. Her path leads to death and the dead We should all long to be wise. We need to make a huge effort find wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment. We find the wisdom that we need to live life in the words of God. We find those words in the Bible. We hear them in godly songs. We teach them to each other as we learn of God’s wisdom.
If our part is finished, why are we killing thousands of babies per day in America? Because there is a spirit(s) in America that openly mocks God. There is a war going on for all that is dear to Him, from individual infants to the nation of America itself – even through the presidential election that is at hand. The liberty, security and prosperity of this country depends on listening to and heeding the Voice of God, our Father. This message provides a bush which is burning and yet not being destroyed. While I wish there were more people drawn by this peculiarity, in my “wrestling,” I mustn’t allow the unlimited value of those who were/are in attendance to be robbed by the glaring number of missing Moses’ – please pray for me in this regard. Even as we continue to pray for you, the babies to come and America (with its election). With the 2016 POTUS election at hand and the active war for all that is dear to God taking place, now is not a time for complacency! The costly investment of listening to this 75-minute message (“Wrestling or Finished?“) will pay heavenly dividends to those who refuse spiritual complacency, for us all to enjoy in coming days. Now is the time to forsake our differences and prefrences. God alone saves. He alone is worthy of our hope and pursuit.