1. The Wisdom to be Lifted from Laziness (Various Passages) - Delonte gholston - December 8th 2013

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    The Proverbs are filled with passages that chastise laziness as a sign of lacking wisdom so we have to take laziness seriously. When we look closely at different forms of laziness like procrastination, not finishing things that we start, rationalizing our lack of desire to work, or even sleeping through many of life’s precious opportunities, we actually find that laziness is often driven by pride, idols of approval and control, and an overall lack of trust in God’s grace. While laziness is something that every believer should take seriously, we also have to keep our eyes open for systems of oppression that rob people of their hope that working hard will actually make a difference in their lives. Our hope to overcome the causes of laziness and to change systems of oppression that perpetuate hopelessness only comes through the amazing gift of God’s love through Jesus Christ. He enables us to work hard without a fear of failure and without finding our worth and value in our work. In Christ we have peace.

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    • The Gospel and Homosexuality (Various Passages) - Wisdom for Life: Proverbs - Kevin Haah

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      The issue of the gospel and homosexuality is very complex and requires wisdom. Proverbs 1:22 calls us to leave our simple ways, stop mocking, and seek understanding. Let’s start by looking at the heart of Christianity: the gospel. The gospel is the good news that (1) Jesus came and (2) he died for us. The good news that “he came” means that God became human and lived among us. In the same way, (1) God calls us to enter into one another lives and seek to love and understand one another; and (2) God calls us to stop judging one another. The good news that “he died for us” means that we are saved by what Jesus has done for us on the cross, not by what we have done. It means that whether one goes to heaven or not is not based on his or her sexuality. It is by receiving the grace of Jesus Christ that we enter into a relationship with God; and once we receive it, we can’t lose it. It was never based on our own work. So, our sexual orientation is not a heaven or hell issue. But, if we love God, we must struggle and ask the question: what does God think about this? So, it is important to examine various passages that discuss homosexuality to see how they guide us: (1) Genesis 19; (2) Leviticus 18 and 19; (3) Romans 1; and (4) 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy. It is very important to read these passages in light of the context and culture of the time that they were written. There are some ambiguities, and therefore, reasonable people can disagree about this. However, Kevin believes that the Romans 1 passage is reasonably clear that homosexual relationship is not within God's will. Ultimately, God calls us to be loved by Him, love Him, and love one another. God loves us no matter what! Our differences should not be an obstacle to God or to one another. This should not be a big issue in our relationship with God. God cares more about justice, mercy, grace, love, helping people who are in need, and sharing the gospel of Jesus. We are all on a journey together. We must listen, stop judging one another, and love and support one another.

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      • About Sex: Intoxicated With Her Love

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        The secular, biological, relativistic view of sex says: Sex is an instinct, and as long as we don’t hurt anyone, we should go do it. If we are hungry, we should eat. If we are thirsty, we should drink. The moralistic view of sex says: Sex is dirty or leads to sin, and if you really want to be spiritual, you should avoid it. The biblical view of sex is neither. The Bible celebrates the beauty of sex; but, it also calls us to engage in it in the context of marriage only. Why? Because sex is beautiful and God wants us to understand and fully appreciate its beauty. What makes sex so beautiful? (1) Sex has the power to co-create human beings who are created in God’s image; (2) sex is the act of one-flesh union, an act that glues people together as one; and (3) sex shows us Christ’s love for us. But, human beings have made something that is beautiful into something ugly. We have made it into an idol—a means to life and significance. Sex is beautiful, but it is not a means to life and significance. Only God is that. What is the power to fix it? We must acknowledge our failure and mess; we must admit that we cannot fix it on our own; we have to look to the sin beneath the sin and identify the idol that motivate us; and we must, by God’s grace, seek God for life, meaning, and intimacy.

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        • Wise People Get Rid of Envy (Proverbs 27:15-17, 14:30) - Wisdom for Life: Proverbs - Jonathan McCracken - November 10, 2013

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          Proverbs 23:15-17 says that a wise heart does not envy. Therefore wise people get rid of envy. First off envy is simply painful, the proverbs say that it rots the bones. Secondly envy is very damaging to God's plans for an individual's life as well as for the community. Consequently we need to identify, confess, and rid ourselves of envy through seeking God, and letting His love become deeply rooted in our hearts.

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          • Controlling Anger (Various Passages) - Wisdom for Life: Proverbs - Kevin Haah - November 3, 2013

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            There is no Proverb that is positive on human anger. All Proverbs about anger warn against it. “One who is quick-tempered displays folly.” “An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.” Anger, hot-headedness, and vengeance are all equated with folly, and patience, gentleness, and forgiveness are all equated with wisdom. Why is that? Because anger hurts people. Anger is a dangerous weapon of destruction. Yet, so many of us allow what we call “righteous anger” to fester in our lives. We think anger is okay as long as there is a good reason for it. After all, we say, Jesus was angry and God demonstrates his anger and wrath. But, the Scriptures NEVER encourages human anger. There is not a single verse that encourages human anger. Instead, the Scriptures call us to gentleness and humility. Here is the difference: God is the judge; we are not. When we embrace anger, we embrace the role of God. God’s anger is righteous because he is the judge; and our anger is unrighteous because we are not the judge. God’s anger led him to his sacrificial love on the cross, but our anger leads to destruction. Nonetheless, the church has created a culture of tolerance of anger, although we are called to get rid of it. How dysfunctional is it when we think anger is a form of holiness over people who sin? We call it righteous anger, but the Bible calls it sin. When Paul lists sins, he includes anger. So, how do we control anger? (1) Be slow to get angry. Anger does not help. (2) Get rid of anger. It is more harmful than we realize. (3) Let love, not anger, be our motivation for action. (4) Transmute anger into godly sorrow, grief, and mourning. (5) Pray our anger as we walk in the Spirit. (6) Let the Gospel free us from anger.

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            • How Do You Get Wisdom (Proverbs 3:1-12, 30:1-4) - Wisdom for Life: Proverbs - Kevin Haah - October 27, 2013

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              Wisdom is a path, not a door. It is a process and a relationship, not a formula or a technique. You need to develop daily disciplines/habits that help you gain wisdom. There is no shortcut. What are those disciplines and habits? (1) Knowing God; (2) knowing ourselves; (3) knowing wise counsel; (4) knowing God’s word; and (5) knowing troubles. Sometimes, we feel frustrated by the lack of wisdom. Agur, an author of Proverbs, felt that way. He asked how we can know wisdom unless heaven comes down. There are so many questions which we can’t answer. In Jesus, God has come down and revealed the ultimate wisdom of God, which is the cross.

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              • Introduction to Wisdom (Proverbs 8) - Wisdom for Life: Proverbs - Kevin Haah - October 20, 2013

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                This sermon is an introduction to the series on Wisdom for Life, a study of the Book of Proverbs. Some preliminary questions are answered: Why is wisdom so important? Even if we have wealth, fame, power, knowledge, and good morals, but we do not have wisdom, our lives would be disastrous. What is wisdom? It is more than knowledge or moral living. Wisdom is seeing reality of what is really going on and determining what to do about it. How do we read Proverbs? “Proverbs are not universal truths that are always relevant and rightly applied; rather they are context-sensitive.” –Tremper Longman Who is wisdom personified? The greatest revelation of God’s wisdom is in Christ, the Wisdom Incarnate (in flesh).

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                • The astrology of a thought with Sanjeev Verma

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                  Schedule an appointment with Sanjeev Verma by visiting http://chopra.com/vediccounseling/sanjeev-verma#. Sanjeev Verma is a yoga and meditation master, life coach, spiritual mentor, and Vedic astrologer based in Canada. For the past several decades, he has helped thousands of people around the world take control of their lives and to make their dreams become reality. He offers lectures and workshops on Vedic philosophy throughout India, the Unites States, and Canada. As a master of Vedic astrology, Sanjeev provides personal readings that combine his vast knowledge of Jyotish with compassionate, practical guidance. He has studied directly under some of India’s most respected Vedic and spiritual masters and is a yoga practitioner and teacher. He also guides other Vedic astrologers into a deeper understanding of the predictive aspects of astrology.

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                  • Who can have a Vedic astrology chart with Sanjeev Verma

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                    Schedule an appointment with Sanjeev Verma by visiting http://chopra.com/vediccounseling/sanjeev-verma# Sanjeev Verma is a yoga and meditation master, life coach, spiritual mentor, and Vedic astrologer based in Canada. For the past several decades, he has helped thousands of people around the world take control of their lives and to make their dreams become reality. He offers lectures and workshops on Vedic philosophy throughout India, the Unites States, and Canada. As a master of Vedic astrology, Sanjeev provides personal readings that combine his vast knowledge of Jyotish with compassionate, practical guidance. He has studied directly under some of India’s most respected Vedic and spiritual masters and is a yoga practitioner and teacher. He also guides other Vedic astrologers into a deeper understanding of the predictive aspects of astrology.

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                    • What is Vedic astrology with Sanjeev Verma

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                      Schedule with Sanjeev Verma by visiting http://chopra.com/vediccounseling/sanjeev-verma# Sanjeev Verma is a yoga and meditation master, life coach, spiritual mentor, and Vedic astrologer based in Canada. For the past several decades, he has helped thousands of people around the world take control of their lives and to make their dreams become reality. He offers lectures and workshops on Vedic philosophy throughout India, the Unites States, and Canada. As a master of Vedic astrology, Sanjeev provides personal readings that combine his vast knowledge of Jyotish with compassionate, practical guidance. He has studied directly under some of India’s most respected Vedic and spiritual masters and is a yoga practitioner and teacher. He also guides other Vedic astrologers into a deeper understanding of the predictive aspects of astrology.

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