Posts by JoshuaFreeman (Page 3)

The Choice of Wisdom, Part 2

Wisdom for Living: Proverbs 1:24-31 Lady Wisdom pleads for all to listen to her and come to know her. While Proverbs chapter one begins with a positive focus, 1:24-31 illustrates the rejection of Lady Wisdom. In this section Wisdom begins by explaining the rejection of her reproof will have consequences. The section is filled with action […]

The Choice of Wisdom, Part 1

Wisdom For Living: Proverbs 1:20-23 As we continue our study through the book of Proverbs, we notice that we are given the task of choosing between wisdom and folly. Proverbs 1:20-22 encourages its reader to heed the cries of Wisdom rather than continue turning away from it. Lady Wisdom invites us to choose her and intends […]

Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30 Growing up I believed this was about the “gifts of the spirit” that we have been given which are listed in Paul’s letters. This was because I often heard it preached that the point Jesus is driving home is that we each have been given spiritual gifts and […]

Who Are You Following?

Wisdom For Living: Proverbs 1:8-19  Living in a culture preoccupied with how others perceive each other often results in a “follow the leader” mentality. Often, we are most likely to follow someone who is popular, outspoken, good looking, or eloquent in speech without assessing where those individuals are leading. In fact, we often take simple advice […]

What Characterizes The Wise?

Wisdom For Living: Proverbs 1:1-7 Wisdom has been a pursuit of humanity throughout all the generations. Wisdom is much more than knowledge; it is what one does with the knowledge. Every culture has its own sayings of wisdom called proverbs. In the Old Testament, King Solomon had the wisdom to collect these sayings from his […]

Parable of the Pencil

This was sent to my by my friend, Lonnie Davis. I wanted to share it with all of you! PARABLE OF THE PENCIL  (Author Unknown) The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil, before I send you out […]

A Kingdom Vision

Like me, many find themselves caught in the world of chaos. We run constantly and can’t remember where we’ve been. Sometimes, we get so caught up in “good things” that we forget what our purpose really is. Our purpose is spelled out for us in the Bible! Don’t believe me? I’ll show you! Ephesians talks […]

To My New Baytown Family

Three friends were asked, “When you’re in the casket, what would you like your friends and congregants to say about you?” Artie said: “That I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.” Eugene commented: “I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God […]

A Celtic Prayer of Blessing for Our Children

A Celtic Prayer of Blessing for Our Children Edited and translated by Patrick Mead. Dear Father above, we ask that your angels have charge Over these souls, these young in the fold of the saints. Encamp around them at night and in the day. Show them your mercies. Drive from them every temptation and snare […]

Ineffective Small Groups

Often times, churches begin small group ministries believing they will be wildly effective and are disappointed.  Scratching their heads, leaders evaluate and discuss but cannot understand why their new groups are ineffective.  As one who has not only spend tons of time researching effective groups and has led small groups which grew rapidly, I want […]