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Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs Week 3(Teachers Notes)

January 24th, 2015 (11:51 am)

Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs
Week 3: Wisdom or Folly?

I. Review of Last Week:

The context of Scripture helps us discern the meaning of a text: what the original author intended to convey to the original audience.
Historical Context: God had called Israel to live distinctively as his people amidst pagan cultures.  Proverbs was compiled to help instruct the people on how to live out their covenant relationship with the LORD in the day-to-day matters of life.
Literary Context:  Proverbs is a wisdom book (seeking to make sense of the world and provide guidance on living skillfully in it) comprised of instruction and proverbs (brief comparisons used to instruct) written in poetic form (using parallelism and imagery).
Proverbs are not absolute laws or promises; they are general principles intended to be applied in the right time and circumstance.

II.  Interpreting “Prosperity” Proverbs
Understand terminology: “Riches” in agrarian Israel looked different than our understanding; “life” typically is referring to quality, not quantity.
Acknowledge that these general guidelines often hold true.
Look at the broader context of Proverbs: many other proverbs recognize that sometimes the wicked prosper and the innocent suffer (15:16; 16:8, 19; 17:1; 19:1, 22; 28:6).
Look at the broader context of the Bible.  Job and John 9, for example, show that God is sometimes glorified through the endurance of suffering by his faithful servants.
Understand that the rewards mentioned in Proverbs extend beyond physical life on earth (12:28; 14:32; 23:17-18; Romans 8:18; 1 Peter 1:6-9).
Issue in application is one of motivation: are you serving God for his pleasure or your own?
Psalm 73:25-26:
Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

III. Metaphor of the Way (Prov. 4:10-27)
One way is “unhampered;” the other is full of stumbling.
One way is like an ever-increasing light; the other is deep darkness.
Maintaining course on the right way requires vigilance, self-discipline, and focus. Guard our hearts, restrain our mouths, keep our eyes straight ahead, ponder the path of our feet, do not swerve to the right or the left.

At home: Continue reading a chapter a day and jot down references for verses that strike you on the following topics: money, speech, relationships, work, and self-control.

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Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs Week 3

January 21st, 2015 (10:06 pm)

Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs
Week 3

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches, honor, and life. The 4 ways of interpreting "Prosperity" Proverbs are Understand Terms, General Truths, Context of Proverbs and Context of the Bible. In Proverbs God is teaching us to be humble and please Him, but not in pleasing ourselves. A question to ask yourself is Are we really following God if we are pleasing ourselves?
Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

1 Surely God is good to Israel,
   to those who are pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
   I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
   when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 They have no struggles;
   their bodies are healthy and strong.[a]
5 They are free from common human burdens;
   they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
   they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b];
   their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
   with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
   and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
   and drink up waters in abundance.[c]
11 They say, “How would God know?
   Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
   always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
   and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
   and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
   I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
   it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
   then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
   you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
   completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
   when you arise, Lord,
   you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
   and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
   I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
   you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
   and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
   And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
   but God is the strength of my heart
   and my portion forever.
27 Those who are far from you will perish;

   you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
   I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
   I will tell of all your deeds.

Psalm 73 is about Asaph who is wrestling within himself about how the wicked are being rewarded and the ones following a Godly path are struggling. In verse 1 of Psalm 73 it is considered the conclusion of the Psalm. Asaph was envied on how the arrogant weren't stricken in life and getting what they want and yet he has always been stricken in life yet his heart is clean mainly because of his faith and lack of riches. In a way he beliefs that he deserves the riches because of his faith and he doesn't. We will always be disillusioned in life if we continue to believe that we deserve more then what we get in life for following God. In verse 17 Asaph is reminded of what he cannot see. He understands that the wicked will always stumble because of their wicked/sinful ways and the ones who have faith in the Lord won't as long as they follow the correct path. One day there will be judgment and the ones who are wicked will fall and not Asaph because of his faith in God.He knows God will always be there and hold his right hand to get him thru the tough times. You will always have God and He will be there for you when you pass.
Metaphor of the Way
Proverbs 4:10-27
Listen, my son, accept what I say,
   and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
   and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
   when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
   guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
   or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
   turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
   they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
   and drink the wine of violence.

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
   shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
   they do not know what makes them stumble.

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
   turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
   keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
   and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
   for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
   keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
   fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet
   and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
   keep your foot from evil.
  Asaph was worried about what he didn't have instead of what he did have. The repeated metaphor in the first 9 chapters of Psalm 73 is your feet are unhampered and the wicked are committed to make you stumble. You won't stumble on your path of light but the wicked will stumble in their path of deep darkness. Never stray from the path and always guard your heart because it is the wellsprings of life. Watch your mouth by not saying bad or corrupt things and keep your eyes straight to stay on the right track.
Numbers 18:20

20 The Lord said to Aaron, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites.

Romans 8

Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 22:4

4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;
   its wages are riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 15:16

Better a little with the fear of the Lord
   than great wealth with turmoil.
Proverbs 16:8

Better a little with righteousness
   than much gain with injustice.
Proverbs 16:19
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
   than to share plunder with the proud.
Proverbs 17:1

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
   than a house full of feasting, with strife.

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The Most Important Year of Your Marriage Chapters 3 & 4

January 21st, 2015 (03:51 pm)

Chapters 3 & 4
-Chapter 3 title is Spiritual Unity:Keeping your head in the only game that matters

Deuteronomy 24:5
5 If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.
-In this passage in Deuteronomy it doesn't mean for you to take a whole year off from work and be unemployed. Because face it, in today's world, your boss would look at you like your crazy. It actually means to be the type of husband that your wifes wants you to be by not bringing home your work or spending all your time away from home. Meaning you should spend whatever free time with your wife learning more about her as a person that you may not have learned during your dating period. Never stop dating her or doing things for her. For example, keep going on dates or cook dinner, do household chores, etc. Don't just ignore her or act like you don't want to run errands for her.Always say yes in everything you do. When I say this I mean as in your body language should be positive and not negative. Always be open to correction and not being negative about it.
-The chapter talks about being naked with your wife, not just in bed, but spiritually,as in "Soul nakedness" or bearing your soul.For example praying in public. To get use to bearing your soul you should try to make a regular habit of praying before meals, praying together at bedtime, and go to church/sunday school or reading devotionals. If you look at the Old Testament on how it describes spiritual intimacy you will find this passage:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength...Talk about[these commandments] when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."Deuteronomy 6:5,7
In the way you and your wife took steps getting to the point where you make the decision to ask her to marry you,it's the same way as with God.Your relationship with God begins with you understanding of who He is and the experience of a deep sense of lostness without Him, and then progresses to a decision, "I want to follow you."
-Men are called into leadership in our marriage and depending on how you saw your parents spiritual connection growing up will also help. To meen being seen as vulnerable is not being a leader, when in truth it actually makes a strong leader. To help with you and your wife making a spiritual connection use the KISS method. It will help establish a pattern for spiritual intimacy in your marriage.
-When we talk to God, God is also talking back. We just have to learn to listen. It could be an idea coming to mind or a feeling about a decision.
-God uses a word picture to describe your relationship with Him in the bible with what you just experienced and that is marriage. But in His example, He is the Groom and your the bride.
The scripture says in Isaiah 62:5
As a young man marries a young woman,
   so will your Builder marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
   so will your God rejoice over you
-Mother Teresa understood this and the book gives an example as follows:
 She had just finished teaching about God's standards for families when a man stood up and challenged her by saying. "How can you, who has never been married, tell us about what kinds of husbands and wives we're supposed to be?"
   She responds by saying, "Sir, that's where your wrong. I am married. And sometimes Jesus is very hard to live with."
-Chapter 4:A Family of Origin:A River runs through it
-When you marry both of your core beliefs are the same but could have different sets of normal. Be careful on how you do your norms with your kids because it could have different aspects from their points of view. The book has a set of commandments as an example of what you and your wife could sit down and make your own commandments to use as a set of guidelines for your marriage to make it a long and happy marriage.It is good to do this so you both can see what the other thinks as normal. Owning your unspoken rules that seem normal for you and not shaming your spouse when she/he breaks one because they didn't follow it or not knowing it.
-In your list of who comes first in your marriage and the #1 in any marriage is always the spouse, when it should always be God with your wife being #2. Sometimes work will tend to become the #1 when it should always be God no matter what.
-Sit down with your wife and ask yourself and your wife what 1 spiritual message you want to do together and do it. Also discuss what is normal between both of you.

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Answer for question 4196.

January 16th, 2015 (10:39 pm)

If money wasn't an issue, would you go back to school to study something? If so, what would it be and why?
I would definitely go back to school to finish my education. I would finish my classes to get a degree in Computer Science and Physcial Thearpy. I have the credits for most of it but not all.

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Answer for question 4198.

January 16th, 2015 (10:29 pm)

Have you ever binge-watched a TV series? If so, what was it? Why did you like it so much?
I can't tell you how many times I have binge-watched TV series. The one I am currently doing is the NBC series Constantine. It's loosely based on the graphic novels of a man by the same name who is struggling with his faith by the sins of his past and is recruited to defend humanity from the dark. Other shows I have binge-watched lately has been this past season of Doctor Who. The reason why I like it so much is because to me these shows catch my attention as a viewer. I have always been into sci-fi and fantasy shows.

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Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs Week 2(Teacher Notes)

January 16th, 2015 (05:40 pm)

Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs
Week 2: Reading in Context

I.  Review of Last Week

“Wisdom” is not mere intellectual knowledge but practical knowledge that helps one know how to live and act and respond to certain situations.  It is skill in godly living.
Purpose of Proverbs: To instill wisdom in the simple and young (immature and easily influenced); and to provide guidance to the wise (humble and open to correction)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: Both an attitude of humility and response of active obedience
Fools despise wisdom and instruction; they want to be their own gods.

Imagery of the “Way” or “Path” in ch.1-9:
Two ways are referenced.  One is for the upright, is kept by God, and is described by words such as justice, pleasantness, peace, secure, sure, life, and blessed.  The other way is for sinners and the wicked and is described by words such as darkness, evil, violence, crooked, stumbling, death.  There is no middle way.

II.  Why Context Matters
Words do not have meaning apart from context (range of meaning, time, culture, genre, figures of speech).
Context helps us avoid errors of proof texting (looking at verses in isolation and developing doctrines without considering how the verse fits into the passage, book, or whole Bible).
Context helps us discern the meaning of a text: what the original author intended to convey to the original audience.

III. Historical context of Proverbs
What is Historical Context? 5 W’s: who, what, when, where why
Who? Attributed to Solomon, portions compiled under Hezekiah, intended audience was the covenant people of Israel/Judah
What? Instruction written to a son but intended for the wider audience of God’s people
When? Solomon’s rule was a time of peace and prosperity but also integration with pagan cultures; Hezekiah ruled in Judah just after the conquest of the northern kingdom
Where? Solomon ruled over the united kingdom of Israel, an agrarian society surrounded by pagan cultures
Why? Written and compiled to instruct God’s people to make wise choices reflecting his character and will in the way they live

IV. Literary Context of Proverbs
instruction in ch.1-9; proverbs in ch.10-31, closing poem in ch.31
Fit within the Bible: God saved his people from bondage in Egypt and called them to live distinctly as his people in a land surrounded by pagan cultures.  The proverbs were instructive for how God’s people carry out covenant life in the daily details.  They still serve as a guide for us as believers in Jesus Christ saved by God’s grace and called to live distinctly as his people. 

Genre: 1) Wisdom: figuring out how life works and how to live skillfully; 2) Poetry: Use of parallelism and imagery; 3) Proverb: a brief, memorable comparison used to instruct.
Proverbs are not absolute laws or promises; they are general principles intended to be applied in the right time and circumstance (e.g. Proverbs 26:4-5).

Key Verses Referenced
Prov. 1:2: To know / wisdom and instruction    [Repeated Emphasis]
    to understand/ words of insight

Prov. 15:1: A soft answer/ turns away/ wrath    [Contrast]
     but a harsh word/ stirs up/ anger.

Prov. 15:3: The eyes of the Lord are in every place      [Expansion]
      keeping watch on the evil and the good

Prov. 11:22: Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.

Prov. 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 10:4: “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

Proverbs 26:4-5: “Answer not a fool according to his folly lest you be like him yourself.  5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.”  

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Heart Attacks and Water

January 16th, 2015 (04:06 pm)

         How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night. Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this!
        Interesting....... Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement! I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist! Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body 2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse. Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
         The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar). Please read on... Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks. There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN! A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you? Do forward this message. It may save lives! "Life is a one time gift" Must Share with others..

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Get Wisdom: Reading through Proverbs Week 2

January 14th, 2015 (09:21 pm)

WNL-Get Wisdom:Reading Through Proverbs-Week 2
January 14,2015
Review of Last Week

-Wisdom is not mere intellectual Knowledge but practical knowledge that helps one know how to live and act and respond to certain situations. It is skill in godly living
-Purpose of Proverbs:To instill wisdom in the simple and young(immature and easily influenced); and to provide guidance to the wise(humble and open to correction)
-The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:Both an attitude of humility and response of active obedience
-Fools despise wisdom and instruction; they want to be their own gods
-Words can mean different things in different cultures and languages. To focus on context is because it differs between cultures. The reason context matters is because words will mean differently depending on your own context of the word or words you are using.
-5 W's of Historical Context
Who:who wrote it and to who it was written
What:what form is it taking
Where:where is it taking place
When:when is it taking place
Why:why is it
-Who: it is for Solomon
-What: it is an instruction from Father to Son or to the son(Proverbs 1:8)
-When: during Solomon's reign during peace and prosperity. The people were tired of battle
-Why: Instruction for God's people to become wiser
-Literary Context
Where it fits in the Bible
-Chapters 10-31 are considered the structure of Proverbs. Mainly because it you try and pull a verse out of the first 9 chapters to break down and understand you might miss something as a whole. You won't have that happen in the later chapters.
-Proverbs as a book falls into the Bible after the reign of David to instructthe israelites to help them live their life Godly. When God had the last Supper He was making a new covenant and currently we are still under that covenant as a world.
-2 Types of Literary Context
-Wisdom: an effort to observe the world and raise questions we are afraid to answer
-Poetry: written in poetic form. 3 forms of poetry is Repeated Emphasis, Contrast and Expansion.
-Proverbs 1:2, 15:1 and 15:3 are in Poetry form with each being an example of the 3 forms of Poetry used. Prov. 1:2 is Repeated Emphasis, Prov 15:1 is Contrast, and Prov. 15:3 is Expansion.
-Proverbs are not a promise. They are context sensitive and metaphorical. Provers are memorable lessons that teach and try to provoke a response.
-Wisdom Books in the Bible
Song of Songs

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Important Year January 11 Notes-Chapters 1 & 2

January 11th, 2015 (09:49 pm)

Most Important Year Notes
Chapter 1 & 2
January 11,2015

-We are always learning as we grow older. Always invest early so you will have a long happy marriage.
-5 Points of Investing in Your Marriage
1)People with saisfying marriages live longer, enjoy better health, and report a much higher level of satisfaction about life in general.
2)Married men report a deeper satisfaction about life in general than do single men. 40% of married couple say they are very happy, compared to 18% of those divorced and 22% of those never married or of unmarried couple living together.
3)Despite the myths about single life, married men enjoy much more frequent sex(almost twice as often) then single men.
4)Even if you are bottom-line kind of guy who likes to think in dollars and cents, check this out: Recent statistics show that the average married couple in their 50's has a net worth nearly 5 times that of the average divorced or single person.
5)Divorce dramatically increases the likelihood of early death from strokes, hypertension, respiratory cancer, and intestinal cancer. Astonishingly, being divorced nonsmoker is only slightly less dangerous than smoking a pack(or more) of cigarettes a day and staying married!

-When your wedding day is over most men think that's it. But really its just the beginning. Just because you married your wife doesn't me you should stop pursuing her.As in, not surprising her with roses, cooking, going out, etc. People marry an image and not a real person in their mind. This is called a Disillusion period. Meaning that it may become clear after your honeymoon or a year down the road when you realize who you married is a real person.
-In your marriage it will be hundred times more satisfying, resilient and prosperous if you develop the right habits with your wife over bad habits.

-Deuteronomy 24:5
If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married
-Most men think this means he will not have to go to work for a year so he can bring happiness to his wife, when in fact it means something else. It means that in that first year you must learn to love your wife, as in, knowing what makes her happy, being honest and open with her, and to not bring your work home with you or spending more time away from her but spending more time with her.
-To meet your spouses needs is to give them what they want that would please them. Meaning it  could be anything from a physical to mental/emotional or meaningful, like cleaning, cooking, etc.

-The ADD Princiiple-"not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him"
      Like folks who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), our problems often is our lack of focus. We're distracted by things our wives don't see, things they may not even care about.
     Because you've checked "get married" off your list, you may be tempted to pay more attention to other unfinished things, such as going on to graduate school, landing a good job, or staying in shape physically. But now that you're married, your most important assignment is working on building this relationship with your wife.

-When a man cherishes his wife and responds to her needs a woman will treta her husband with lavishness because of how he treats her. In a healthy marriage, a husband finds great joy in bringing pleasure to his wife, and a wife delights in demonstrating her love in creative ways.

Proverbs 31
1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
    Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
    your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
    it is not for kings to drink wine,
    not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
    and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
    wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
    and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
    for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

-In the book it one part of the 2nd chapter is says Proverbs 31 Man. What does it mean to be a Proverbs 31 Man? It means it is a man who is unconventional and terrific husband to his wife. It's also a man who has full confidence in her and prasies her in front of others. The wife respects him because there are few things that are more motivating to a woman than words of sincere admiration coming from her husband.
-In Proverbs 31 it says, "Her husband is respected at the city gate, Where he takes his seat among the elders of the land." (Prov. 31:23)
-It brings up a few questions to consider:
 Is this man respected among his peers because he has a bwife who respects him?
 Does her admiration raise him to a higher levels of success and self-respect?
Is this man's wife respectful of him because of his impeccable character?
Is his intergrity tied to her high expectations of him?
The right answer to each of these questions: YES!

-You can't say yes to everything but don't say yes negatively or in a negative manner. It doesn't come naturally but you can work on it.

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Sunday School Notes Part 1

January 10th, 2015 (01:57 pm)

Godly Relationships
1 Peter 3
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Suffering for Doing Good

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
   and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
   and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
   they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
   and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

-Purpose of suffering Glory-God
-A godly woman and a ungodly man creats friction in the household
-Holy Spirit is in your heart. A man should be responsive to a woman's actions and not her words. A woman has a beauty that is more inner then outer. In 1 Peter 3 women are trusting God thru her husband, who follows God thru the Holy Spirit.
-A man has respect for his wife and a wife has love for her husband, who both have love and respect for God. In verse 7, Peter says to love your wife so your prayers are not hindered. In verse 8 he is talking about unity.
-We are called to return good for evil. By doing this we get a blessing or are happy in return. Evil for evil puts spite in your heart.
-In Verse 10-13 it talks about doing good and if you do good He will hear your prayers and will see if your actions have been good or bad. Mind, Will, Emotions, and Conscience makes up the Cross of the Heart.
-Spirits in prison are lost souls or people who have not accepted Christ, or God in their hearts. While Noah was building the ark he was speaking the Gospel of Grace thru his actions.
Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Galations 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
-We are all sinners or lost souls and who through justification we are saved and become Christians.
-Justification-has been saved from the guilt of sin.
-3 Points of Salvation
-As sinners we are seen as flithy rags until we are saved.
-Other words that are used to relate to Justification:
-3 Points Paul Talks about Faith
Source of Wisdom
-Focus: faith & peace with God instead of others. Don't lose sight of the Cross. Don't lose the power of your testimony. Not about reciting, but revelation of His work.
What does the Cross mean to you?
-Content: should be the Gospel or the wisdom of God. If you have a traditional marriage with God, the cutlure won't understand it. Culture has nothing compared to the Glory of God.
-The gospel is news to everyone because it means your free thru the death of Jesus Christ. In Corinthians it talks about how during that time people forgot how to be christians.
-In Acts 18, Luke writes about what happened to Paul with the Corinthians.
Acts 18:2
There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them,
-We are finite and sinful, God is infinite & merciful, and praise should flow from our experience and praise of God.
Fruit of the Spirit
1 Corinthians 7:15
But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 7:15-20
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

-Reasoning from experience to truth is emotional and heart. Speaking in tongues aka Tongue Movement is considered the Holy Spirit moving thru us, when it is in us. Having experiences leads us to many truths. Truth=Experiences is related to Scriptures and is related to Jesus. It's considered the Biblical World View.
-Fruit of the Spirit
-Love:seeking another's highest good over one's own self.
-Joy:supernatural happiness comfort & contentment within us as a result of the Holy Spirit that is residing within us.
-Peace:same as Joy,where Joy & Peace exist together. Be at Peace with God, with yourself, and with others at all times.
-Jesus is called the Prince of Peace who brings peace to the hearts of those who desire it. Peace is NOT the absence of conflict, but IS the presence of God no matter what the conflict. Phillippians 4:4-9 is a perfect way to achieve peace.
-If we we go about to mainfest peace, we must be at peace, trust in Christ and have a clear conscience. Live peacefully with people if possible. With Joy you must have both faith and peace.
-There are 4 types of Love(Greek):
Agape:true, unconditional love
Eros:romantic love
Philia:compassion, friendship
Storge:affection, parental
-Satan though he won when Jesus died on the cross, but it was null and void when Jesus had risen.
-Fruits of the Spirit
­-Without Self-Control you can't really experience any of the other fruits. Self-Control is evidence of faith and the Holy Spirit is in us. There are consequences with lack of Self-Control.
-Lack of Self-Control Consequences is evident with:
Adam & Eve
Cain killing Able
Esau trades birhtright
Lot's wife looks back
-Examples of Self-Control:
Joesph ran from Pharoh's wife
David did not kill Saul
Daniel refused to eat the king's food
Jesus in the wilderness
Jesus waiting 3 days before going to Lazarus
Jesus sinfulness

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