Faith (Page 2)

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 […]

The How of Unity by David Smith

We know that in a world gone mad, God’s people are the ones who, rather than tearing each other apart, are to come together and forge the shape of oneness. And yet, we Christians must confess that we often make it harder than it has to be. As in way harder! And so, commissioned with preaching on how God’s […]

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 […]

The Use of Instruments: Sacred Vows or Sacred Cows?

The topic of instrumental worship services has been tossed around among Churches of Christ for years now. All sides have followers within our fellowship. We have the “neh” sayers, the “yeh” sayers, and the “who cares” sayers. All hold their own reasons and argue from unique angles. All the commotion seems to be around whether […]