“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” -Proverbs 13:20
Most young people are mostly influenced by their peers rather than those who are older than them. Kids need adults. They need guidance. Children need the counsel of godly older people. -Pastor Josh Wilson (excerpts from Sunday Evening Sermon “Strengthening Our Families #5: Biblical Manhood” from Proverbs 13:20)
“But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.” -Ezra 3:12-13
There was a generation gap in this passage. We need the wisdom of those who are older than us. We need the youthful vibrancy of those who are younger than us. -Pastor Steve Wainright
(excerpt from 03/21/2021 Sermon “Little is Much” from Ezra 3)
“Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.” -2 Chronicles 18:1
Be careful who you join with, who you come alongside, who you partner with, and who you buddy with. Don’t be unequally yoked.
Listen to good counsel. Take heed to words of wisdom from those who are older and godly.
-Steve Wainright (excerpts from Sunday Evening Sermon from 2 Chronicles 18 “An Unholy Alliance“)
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Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. -Exodus 4:12
Many a true servant of the Lord is slow of speech, and when called upon to plead for his Lord, he is in great confusion lest he should spoil a good cause by his bad advocacy. In such a case it is well to remember that the Lord made the tongue which is so slow, and we must take care that we do not blame our maker. It may be that a slow tongue is not so great an evil as a fast one, and fewness of words may be more of a blessing than floods of verbiage. It is also quite certain that real saving power does not lie in human rhetoric, with its tropes, and pretty phrases, and grand displays. Lack of fluency is not so great a lack as it looks.
If God be with our mouth, and with our mind, we shall have something better than the sounding brass of eloquence or the tinkling cymbal of persuasion. God’s teaching is wisdom; His presence is power. Pharaoh had more reason to be afraid of stammering Moses than of the most fluent talker in Egypt; for what he said had power in it; he spoke plagues and deaths. If the Lord be with us in our natural weakness we shall be girt with supernatural power. Therefore, let us speak for Jesus boldly, as we ought to speak.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
The Sin of Presumption [listen] | John 2:1-11 | Anthony Vance
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” -John 2:3
Do we sometimes also forget our place by trying to dictate the Lord’s intervention upon our circumstances? Instead of resting in His will, we get frustrated with His timing. Too often we come to the Lord like Mary did saying, “We’re out of wine–do something now.” Submit to His perfect wisdom and timing.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Depravity of Man | Romans 1:26-32 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Sin of Presumption | John 2:1-11 | Anthony Vance
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” -Daniel 12:3
Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers to a divine wisdom which only the Lord Himself can bestow. Oh, to know myself, my God, my Savior! May I be so divinely taught that l may carry into practice heavenly truth and live in the light of it! Is my life a wise one? Am I seeking that which I ought to seek? Am I living as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die? Only such wisdom can secure for me eternal brightness as of yonder sunlit skies.
To be a winner of souls is a glorious attainment. I had need to be wise if I am to turn even one to righteousness; much more if I am to turn many, Oh, for the knowledge of God, of men, of the Word, and of Christ, which will enable me to convert my fellowmen and to convert large numbers of them! I would give myself to this, and never rest till I accomplish it. This will be better than winning stars at court. This will make me a star, a shining star, a star shining forever and ever; yea, more, it will make me shine as many stars. My soul, arouse thyself. Lord, quicken me!
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]