Morning Bible Study
Pray for Puerto Rico outreach
folks, Israel folks
Our landlords, the Lutheran
church known as Friends in Christ is going to be merging with another Lutheran
church known as Searchlight. The new entity will be called “Searchlight”, and
they will have their services at 8:30am and 10:00am.
This will take place on December 3.
There will be some impact on our usage of rooms, and on the parking lot,
but I want to encourage you to be flexible and welcome this new flock to the
The book of Proverbs is all about wisdom.
Wisdom is not about knowing facts.
Wisdom is about knowing what to do with what you know.
Wisdom is knowing when to do it.
Wisdom is knowing how to do it.
Proverbs are sayings, typically short, that give wisdom and insight into
They are intended to help you lead a better life.
They are not absolute promises, as in “if you do x,y, and z your life will
They are general principles – that if you do them your life will be
generally better than if you didn’t do them.
The Proverbs are Hebrew poetry…
Hebrew poetry is about ideas, not sounds.
Most of these proverbs are in two lines.
Sometimes the second line is a parallel of the first. It expresses the same
idea with different words.
Sometimes the second line is an opposite idea, still clarifying the first,
but by way of contrast.
Be careful that you don’t look at one phrase without looking at the other.
:1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, But a scoffer does not
listen to rebuke.
:1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction
On his sixteenth birthday a son approached his father and said, “Dad, I’m
sixteen now. When I get my license, can I drive the family car?” His dad looked
at him and said, “Son, driving the car takes maturity, and first, you must
prove that you are responsible enough. And one way you must do that is to bring
up your grades. They are not acceptable. Second, you must read the Bible every
day. And finally, you must get that hair cut; it looks outrageous.” The son
began the task of fulfilling his father’s requirements, knowing that the last
one might be impossible. When his grades came out he went to his dad with a big
smile. “Look, Dad, all A’s and B’s on my report card. Now can I drive the
family car?” “Very good, son. You are one-third of the way there, but have you
been reading the Bible?” the father replied. “Yes, Dad, every day,” said the
son. “Very good son. You are two-thirds of the way there. Now when are you
going to get that hair cut?” The son, thinking that he could outsmart the
father, responded, “Well, I don’t see why I should get my hair cut to drive the
car. Jesus had long hair, didn’t he?” The father looked at his boy and said,
“That’s right, son and Jesus walked everywhere he went.”
:2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of
the unfaithful feeds on violence.
:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide
his lips shall have destruction.
:4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the
soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
:4 the soul of the diligent shall be made rich
There’s a difference between having big dreams for your life, and doing
something about it.
Rewards of Diligence
Some Christians have the notion that if they pray and study hard enough,
God will automatically give them a good job and everything they’ve ever wanted.
GOD WILL PROVIDE
One of the verses God used in my life to get me where He was leading was
(Luke 16:10–12 NLT)
—10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in
large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with
greater responsibilities. 11 And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust
you with the true riches of heaven? 12 And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should
you be trusted with things of your own?
You may feel at times that you are toiling unnoticed and
Even though your boss or folks at church might not know
what you’re doing, God knows what you’re doing.
He rewards diligence.
:5 A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome
and comes to shame.
:6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness
overthrows the sinner.
:7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And
one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
:8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not
:8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches
Don’t think that being rich is without its problems.
A wealthy person has people trying to take their money from them.
The poor doesn’t have those kinds of troubles.
:9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be
:10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is
:11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who
gathers by labor will increase.
:11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished
NLT) Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from
hard work grows over time.
I’m not sure there are too many verses that speak to the concept of playing
the Lottery, but I think this verse applies.
:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it
is a tree of life.
:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick
It’s hard when the thing you are looking forward to doesn’t happen.
Snow White received an old film camera as a gift. She happily took many
pictures of the Dwarves and their surroundings. When she finished her first
batch, she took the film to be developed. After a week or so, she went to get
the finished photos. The clerk said the photos were not back from the
processor. Snow White was so disappointed that she started to cry. The clerk,
trying to console her, said kindly, “Don’t worry, someday your prints will
If you are a baseball fan, once again you’ve seen this principle in action
with the World Series
The Dodgers know what “heart sick” is all about.
The Astros know that “tree of life”.
Some of you know well the disappointment of something you were counting on
Somebody else got that promotion you wanted.
Somebody you were counting on has disappointed you.
I want to focus our thoughts in a different direction with this principle.
For some of us, the challenge in this verse is to look at the things that
we are counting on happening in the first place.
While you can still experience disappointment when you’ve
had your hopes set on good things, others of us have made the mistake of
putting our hopes in the wrong things.
What are your greatest desires?
Sometimes disappointment can become a good opportunity to reevaluate where
your hopes are being put.
37:4 NKJV) Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall
give you the desires of your heart.
When your delight is in the Lord, your desires will
change. God will be molding and shaping your heart to want more and more the
things of Him.
That doesn’t mean they will all come to pass, but when God
has given you a desire, your real focus is Him, not the thing.
:13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the
commandment will be rewarded.
This can apply to God’s Word.
:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one
away from the snares of death.
:15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is
:16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his
:17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings
:18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But
he who regards a rebuke will be honored.
:19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination
to fools to depart from evil.
NLT) It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn
from evil to attain them.
:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of
fools will be destroyed.
:21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.
:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But
the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
:23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for
lack of justice there is waste.
NLT) A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it
:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines
:24 he who loves him disciplines him promptly
I think that appropriate disciplining your children is one of the hardest parts
Here are seven things I’ve found helpful:
The goal of discipline is instruction
– you are disciplining them in order to teach them something.
I used to tell my boys something like, “I don’t want you
growing up to be a boy who always hurts others and no one likes. That’s why you
can’t keep acting like this.”
2. The Paddle
There are quite a few websites telling parents about how bad it is to use
corporal punishment on your children, but I think that’s because when it’s
done, it’s often done incorrectly.
When our boys were growing up, we used a “paddle” for discipline. It was a
big flat paddle that spread the sting of spanking evenly across their little bums.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that God designed our
bums with lots of padding.
Your goal is not to inflict damage on the child, but to
make their bum sting a little.
Personally, I prefer the paddle because things like belts,
hairbrushes, and spoons don’t spread the pain as evenly.
We preferred a paddle over spanking with a hand because we didn’t want our
children looking at our hands as something thing that caused them pain.
We kept the paddle out of view on top of our microwave, so the boys didn’t
have to stare at it all day. But when they were in trouble and we started to
walk toward the microwave, they knew we were serious about what had just
Sometimes all we needed was to start towards the
We never paddled a child in front of the other children. Paddling was done
in a separate room, so the child is not embarrassed in front of others.
We didn’t paddle every day. I’m not
sure our boys were paddled more than a dozen times as they grew up.
Not every child responds to something physical like a paddle. As the kids
got older we found other methods of discipline. You as the parent are
responsible for finding what your kids will respond to.
Don’t spank when you’re angry. You don’t discipline because your child has
offended you by breaking your rules, you discipline them to instruct them.
Anger in you only breeds anger in the child.
When I was angry, I used to take the paddle and paddle myself to shake it
Paddling a child when you’re angry can lead to physical abuse. If you can’t
stop being angry, you will need to find another method of discipline than a
paddle because physical abuse is never acceptable. If your paddling breaks the skin or results
in a bruise, you are spanking too hard.
Know what is appropriate – make the time fit the crime. Sometimes a paddle
is not appropriate.
Sometimes a time out or revoking video games is more appropriate.
We would give out 1, 2, or 3 swats depending on the severity of the
“crime”. No more than 3.
Again, we didn’t paddle all that often.
5. Age & Action
Your child must be old enough to tell you what they did was wrong.
An infant is too young to be disciplined.
But once they are old enough to talk to you, you need to take action –
don’t put it off.
Chinese Proverb – “Parents
who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their
Dr. Dobson – “The parent must convince himself that
discipline is not something he does to the
child; it is something he does for the
One of discipline’s goals is to teach your child respect for those in
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t deserve
If you allow your child to speak disrespectfully to you,
you are opening the door to them disrespecting others in authority over them
when they grow up.
A key to getting along in society is learning to respect
the proper authority.
When you’re married, stick up for your spouse – don’t
allow your children to be disrespectful towards your spouse.
It’s hardest when you have to be the one to teach them to
respect you – but you have a reason – you are teaching them to respect
authority, not just you. This is hardest on single moms.
Discipline must be coupled with love
After a child has received their discipline, understands what they did
wrong, can clearly tell you what they did wrong, and have made things right
with any other persons they’ve hurt…
Then you need to respond with forgiveness, comfort, and
:25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of
the wicked shall be in want.
:25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul
(Proverbs 13:25 The
Message) An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the
belly of the wicked always wants more.
The Right Diet
One of the hardest things about going on a diet is dealing with your hunger
I’ve learned that a big part of the problem stems from the kinds of foods
If your diet is too high in carbs and sugars, you’re going to be hungry all
That doesn’t just work for our stomachs, it works for our soul as well.
If you are feeding your soul with spiritual junk food, you will never feel
What you eat affects what you get hungry for.
Jesus and His disciples had been busy and were looking to take a break. They
headed off to the northeast coast of the Sea of Galilee near the town of
Bethsaida (Luke 9:10). But they didn’t get their alone time, instead 5,000
people showed up.
We often look at this miracle and think about how Jesus “multiplied” the
loaves and fish, try thinking about it like this–
Jesus fed the people with what seemed to be “very little”.
It’s kind of like that diet thing – when you settle into
your diet, it doesn’t take much to make you full because your stomach and body
have adjusted to your new diet.
The next day (after the walking on water event), Jesus and His disciples
were in the synagogue at Capernaum – and dealt again with this issue of people
(John 6:35 NKJV) And Jesus
said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger,
and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
I think that sometimes we are eating too much “junk food
of the world”, and we find that we are constantly hungry for more and more.
My friends, we need to decrease our intake of the “world”,
and look more to Jesus.
He can satisfy that hunger inside of you.