Ten with Ten Pounds, Part 2

“The first came forward and said: “Master, your pound has earned ten more pounds!’” – Luke 19:16

What are you doing with the gifts God gave you?

Plow In Hope

“Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.” – 1 Cor. 9:10

As we work for the Lord’s kingdom, we do so in total confidence that He will bring the harvest.

What Is a Christian’s Responsibility To The Earth?

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” – Gen. 2:15

To Dress It and To Keep It.

God gives Man two jobs: to dress the earth and to keep it; to cultivate it and watch over or guard it.

The earth is under our stewardship.

The purpose of which is to honor God’s Name.

Insights from Proverbs 22 & 23

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Insights from Proverbs 22 & 23 for the 22nd and 23rd:

Kids have got to be trained. You don’t have to teach a kid to be bad; No, you have to teach them to be goodI’ve heard if you toss 1 ball in with 3 kids, you’ll immediately see 4 of the 7 deadly sins: greed, envy, wrath, and pride. Sharing is like the toughest thing to get your child (and some adults) to do, right?

The rod of discipline is necessary. Whatever that “rod” is: time-outs, taking away things for a disclosed time, and yes: spankings. Whatever it is, pick something and be consistent with it. Trust me: Your future self thanks you! (22:6 & 15, 23:13-14)

 

Time flies and so does money. All you have to do is look at $ and it’s gone. Solomon says your money will grow wings & fly away! (23:4-5) What’s more important is your relationship with the Lord, who will NEVER forsake you.

23:17-18 is a tender moment between a father and son. He brings his son in tight & encourages him. “It’s ok, son. God has a bright future planned for you. Chin up. Remain zealous for the Lord. He will be your hope.”

Wow. Fathers, take note.

Last thing – Solomon offers a scary image for those who like to party too much. It seems like fun, but in the end, it will bite you. It’s like sleeping on a raft in a raging sea. What a rough way to go through life! (23:29-35)

22:12 is interesting. Read it for yourself. Comment on what you think it means.

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