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Avoiding Immaturity

The book of Galatians is filled with a struggle in the Galatia church to revert back to the legalistic following of the law. The Christians were being tempted to throw away all that Christ had done in order to return to the shackles they had been freed from. They were trading freedom in Christ for […]

Avoiding Pride

There is a story told of two ducks and a frog who played together and were close friends. As the cold of winter drew near, the ducks realized they would soon have to leave. Not wanting to leave their friend behind, the three decided the ducks would put a stick in each of their bills and […]

Steps to Avoiding Anger

Previously we discussed the dangers of sinning in your anger. One of the struggles we have as Christians is keeping our anger in check. Following are a few points I have picked up along the way that can help you avoid the mistake of sinning in anger. 1.     Confess your anger (Matthew 5:23-24) […]

Avoiding Impatience

In James 5:7-11 and 1 Peter 2:19-23 we read of the importance of having patience as a Christian. Each of us have trials requiring patience that can put even the most patient human to the test. The key to avoiding the mistake of impatience, however, is to have a plan to deal with it in […]

Reasons to Avoid Anger

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man. –Proverbs 22:24, ESV Anger is a growing concern in the United States. I live in the Houston, Texas area and road rage is a daily encounter on our highways. Each day I encounter people with poor judgement on the interstate […]

Avoiding Revenge

Revenge is a popular theme among humanity today. It is sought after, lusted over, and even glamorized by Hollywood television. When discussing revenge, a friend once shared the following illustration with me. There was once a man who was bitten by a dog, which was later discovered to be rabid. The man was rushed to […]

Concluding Proverbs

As we conclude our study of the book of Proverbs today, it is a bitter/sweet moment. The book is an encouraging message about following Wisdom and discerning when to apply situational proverbs. Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 seems fitting as a concluding thought to our study. The wise teacher analyzes his entire life and all the wisdom given […]

Wise Living: Come to the Feast

In the book of Proverbs, one passage that challenges me the most is found in 9:9-10. After eight chapters of repeated comparison between the way of wisdom and the way of foolishness, the author now shows Lady Wisdom preparing a feast for those who choose to join. The banquet is grand with the best of […]

The Choice of Wisdom, Part 3

Wisdom for Living: Proverbs 1:32-33 An age-old temptation is that of blaming others for our mistakes. This is especially true when one chooses foolishness over wisdom. While those who do not choose the way of Wisdom will often point their finger at something or someone else, Lady Wisdom declares it to be their decision alone. Lady […]

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 […]