Book of the Month Club

04/25/2017
by Sean P.

Instead of featuring a book you might find at the local bookstore we will be featuring a book of the Bible! You are encouraged to check it out and add any comments about how that book has helped you, a favorite verse or a special memory you’d like share regarding a time you were studying the book or applying one of its principles. I hope you will join our little time of online sharing and fellowship. It is so refreshing to see how the Lord has used His holy words to bless our brothers and sisters all around the world!

Proverbs

04/25/2017
by Sophia Fleming

Who: Solomon and others
What: Poetry
When: c. 900 BC – 700 BC
Where: Israel
Why: To provide wisdom and guidance for God’s children

Proverbs 3:5-6 - New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

Yes, “and others!” I was surprised that there was more than one author too. When I first began to research the book of Proverbs I was greatly surprised to learn that Solomon was not the only writer to be represented in this book of poetry. In my mind’s eye I had always pictured a wise thoughtful king sitting down at a table writing down words of wisdom for his son and perhaps generations to follow. Although, to some extent, as stated in verse 1:8, that is what had happened, this jewel has many more beautiful facets. Thought to be compiled by the men of Hezekiah sum 700 years before Jesus was born, Proverbs is a book of short sayings, or proverbs, and long poems. It’s full of advice on loving one another, staying out of trouble, and living righteously. Most importantly it teaches about loving the Lord and seeking His understanding and knowledge in order to have a happy and healthy life. It’s the ultimate self-help book written for all people at all ages and stages of life. Only the Creator of the universe could inspire such universally great advice!

So, now it’s your turn, how has this book blessed your life? Can you name some of the other contributors to this book of poetry? What’s your favorite verse?


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Wisdom for the Ages

“A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.”
Proverbs 10:1

When I or one of my siblings did something our parents had asked us to do, dad would often boast about it later in conversations, articles, or sermons. When mom found out about our disobedience, she worried about the subsequent consequences.

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I fully understood exactly why she grieved. As parents, we often play the ‘what if’ game; which can lead to heartache and broken relationships that often take years to repair.

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” While sometimes it may seem like we’re fighting a losing battle with our kids, I can assure you that we’re not! With proper teaching, a guiding hand steering in the right direction, lots of prayer and consistency, we can boldly claim the promise listed above. Take courage in that God’s holy Word will not return to Him void.
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