Hope Heals

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11. I have two veterans in my family who I admire and love very much. They have seen the horror and atrocity of war, and have the scars, both physical and emotional, to prove.

In our city, there is usually less pageantry and acknowledgement for November 11. Regardless of your opinion or feeling, the fact is we have neighbors, friends, and family that have served. That is enough for any of us to honor them, thank them, and support them.

I can’t possibly understand what being in a theatre of war would feel like, let alone try to come home and live a normal life. I came across an article from a Veteran that moved me. I wanted to share it with the people who read this blog (when there is actually something new to read).

I am sure this will give you good cause to thank the Veterans in your life. You can read it here: Hope in the Void.

Wise Up! Study in Proverbs

We are looking at the inner life this Sunday at All Saints Church. Please join us at 10am or listen to the podcast available Sunday afternoon.

Today we look at Proverbs 30 it’s quite long, and full of controversial statements. This is why I like Proverbs so much.

Consider the entire Proverb, and maybe use a one or two of these questions:

First, what four things does the author not understand – 30:18,19? What do these things have in common?

Next, what four things create a burden on the world around them – 30:21-23?

Finally, how does the author illustrate the problems created by anger in 30:33? What should we learn?

Wise Up! Study in Proverbs

In Proverbs 17 we get an honest look at wealth, envy, and relationship health.

Take a few minutes to consider these questions.

1.First, How do you deal with conflict, unresolved issues, difficult people, etc.?

2.Next, When we keep bringing something up; have we truly forgiven?

3.Finally, How do we go from a broken spirit to a merry heart? Consider Psalm 93.

Any other thoughts?

Hey Bill, What are you researching?

I am in Oxford, U.K studying for a PhD. I say that very humbly, because I am so over my head it’s really comical. However, I want to do this research, gaining insights from nomadic theory to challenge and realign the forms and structures, as well as the practical theology of churches in Seattle.

What? Great question, and if you wanted to add the look of ‘ohhh, right…cool.’ You are not alone. I, too, scratch my head wondering, what?

In the image above, you get a picture of what I am researching. The roots in the rhizome image represent non-hierarchical, no up or down, no beginning or end. That is to say, there is no one ‘most’ powerful image that comes to mind, as opposed to the towering tree in the other image.

It is my belief that non-hierarchical structures promote interconnectivity and heterogeneity, allowing for multiplicities to arise rather than pre-planned determined structures that produce top down systems demanding certainty and authoritarianism. In other words, I believe the church can be much more appealing if we empower everyone, not just a few.

I believe this research will begin a new discussion on how the idea of a rhizomatic theology is best suited for leaders and churches that will create new perceptions, identities, and structures which will help the American Pentecostal church regain her prophetic voice.

Questions?

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

Proverbs 12 is showing us that those who love discipline love knowledge. Anyone who has committed to life learning realizes that it takes discipline.

Next, Solomon realized that God has big plans for us, but those plans won’t come to pass if we don’t accept God’s leading and instruction.

Finally, Are you willing to do what it takes to get to where you want to be? It will take discipline to go through the process of changing, learning, growing, and developing.

Go for it!

1.what does Solomon say about reckless words?

2.What does Solomon say the prudent person does with knowledge in contrast to what a fool does with their folly?

3.How do you summarize this chapter in your own words?

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

Proverbs 10 is telling us the wise person knows the difference between the wise and the foolish, the righteous and the wicked, the diligent and the idle.

Also, we learn of love and hatred, of good and evil speech, and the slanderer and and those who are peace makers.

Finally, It is impossible to summarize a chapter in Proverbs. each verse contains a different subject. We are invited to apply these wise sayings into everyday life so we may help others flourish, as well as ourselves.

1.How does the speech of wise people differ from that of foolish people according to 10:13,14?

2.How is the wealth of a rich person viewed in contrast to the poverty of a poor person – 10:15? But what is more important than wealth or poverty – verse 16?

3.Explain why there is danger in being a person who speaks a lot – 10:19. Is the solution to simply remain quiet – 10:20,21? Explain.

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

We are invited to eat at the table of wisdom, all who gather around will be served all they need to live this life with poise, gratitude, and joy.

There are no strings attached, nothing to pay for. Take a seat and enjoy the feast that is Proverbs 9.

1.How can we benefit from accepting the invitation to obtain wisdom?

2.Consider the lessons we can learn about our free will power to choose and how God instructs us in His will. Explain.

3.Next, Do you believe that God forces people to listen and learn His will? Why or why not?

4.Finally, If we want to benefit from this wisdom, what must we do?

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

Our lives are so hectic today. From overflowing email inboxes, SmartPhones, texts, multiple calendars, exercise, meetings, kids schedules, rehearsals, games, practices, dinner, and the list could go on and on.

We are so busy that we sometimes don’t have time – No, we don’t MAKE time –to listen, to think, and to rest. We don’t make time for the things that matter, this is a margin issue.

Proverbs 8 is the voice that calls to us to listen to the counsel that will advise on the path to follow. It is an opportunity to listen to the voice of God tell us how much we are loved and cared for.

Take some time to listen, and learn the rhythms of grace that will restore and empower you to be the person you want to be.

1.Describe the kinds of things wisdom speaks?

2.Who needs wisdom according to verses 15,16?

3.How would wisdom benefit us, and how does a society suffer when wisdom is lacking in people?

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

Today we are reading Proverbs 7. This is a tough one to read for many reasons. That is to say, it contains a warning for all of us who are in committed relationships to honor our commitments and promises.

Will wisdom keep you from bad influences?

Next, Why is wisdom referred to as a relationship like a sibling?

Finally, What two things will you take away from this that will guard you against breaking your vows and promises to your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend?

Wise Up! study in Proverbs

All Saints Church are studying the book of Proverbs the next 3 months. The best way to read the Proverbs is to read in community, let’s take a proverb a day and look at it together.

Our goal is to read Proverbs once a month by taking a chapter a day. To begin, we are in Proverbs 6. Here are some discussion questions. Maybe a few a different ones in the comment section below.

1.Define “sluggard” and “slothful.” Where does Solomon say a lazy person should go to learn important lessons – 6:6-8?

2. Look at the seven things God hates (6:16-19) explain the meaning of each in your own words. Why would Solomon use ‘hate’ to reference these things? Where do you see these offenses in our society? Are they in your own life?

3. Define lust. Many people see no harm in enjoying thoughts of illicit intimacy (such as in entertainment, pornography, etc.) so long as one does not actually do anything wrong. What can we learn about this from the instructions here and elsewhere?

4. Finally, How do people view stealing according to verses 30,31? Yet what consequences may it have? How does this relate to the discussion of adultery?

I look forward to reading this with all of you this summer. Send the link to some friends. Wisdom desires others opinion, thought, and counsel.