June 1, 2018

Good friendships are one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy on earth. Especially when those friendships unite marriage and family. However, some of our most bitter experiences happen when things go wrong in relationships. And it can happen suddenly too. “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam...” (Prov 17:14). Whoosh! Suddenly years of trust are swept away, leaving only deviation and chaos behind it. In a fallen world with so many people rebelling against God's way of doing things, how can we protect ourselves from strife like this? How can we build good, trusting friendships? Thankfully, the Book of Proverbs is full of practical advice on this.

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If you've ever fallen...

May 11, 2018

The Book of Proverbs. Part 4.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

(Proverbs 31:8–9)

The Book of Proverbs commends giving money to help a poor man in a crisis. It also makes it clear that God hates us ignoring the plight of the poor: “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.” (Prov 28:27). However, Proverbs, together with the rest of the Bible, makes it clear that giving alone cannot help the poor. If we are going to be serious about helping the poor we have to look at everything God connects with poverty. This...

March 14, 2018

Simon And Garfunkel's 1969, Bridge Over Troubled Water is still thought to be one of the most moving songs ever written. Paul Simon's lyrics go to core of finding hope in the midst of life's darkest times. When you’re weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all, I’m on your side, When times get rough, And friends just can’t be found... When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you... When darkness comes, And pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down. His song finishes with: Sail on, silvergirl, Sail on by, Your time has come to shine, All your dreams are on their way, See how they shine... Like a bridge over troubled water, I will e...

March 1, 2018

The Book of Proverbs. Part 3.

Over the last 50 years the government has given £ billions to the poor in Britain. Yet millions are still trapped in various forms of poverty. The secular ambition to end poverty in Britain has failed. Why? Thankfully, God gives us some powerful insights that the secular world never talks about. The Book of Proverbs in the Bible shows us some of the different reasons why different people are stuck in poverty.

Consumer Debt

“The rich rules over the poor,

and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Prov 22:7).

For many decades in Britain, governments of all parties have tried to stimulate the economy by encouraging people to borrow rather than save. They feared tha...

February 1, 2018

Book of Proverbs Part 2. 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

(Prov 1:7)

We live in a bizarre culture today. Christians are accused of being greedy if we avoid debt (Prov. 22:7), work hard and save for the future (Prov 6:6-8), so that we can be generous to those in genuine need (Prov 19:17). Whereas our culture thinks that life is to be enjoyed in the present, debt isn't a problem if you can meet your repayments (Prov 22:7) and you don't need to worry about tomorrow, (Prov 27:1). Christians are accused of being prudish and hateful for believing that conjugal love must only be expressed in the commitment of marriage between one man and...

January 1, 2018

Introduction to Proverbs

Do you remember your parents ever telling you, “Two wrongs don't make a right” when you hit your kid brother for taking your toy? Or when you came home late for supper perhaps they said, “Better late than never.” Or perhaps they said “beggars can't be choosers” when you asked for pudding and you didn't like what they offered you.

The English language is full of these brief, single thought proverbs. Some aren't literally true: “A watched pot never boils.” Some are so familiar we don't even realise how shocking they are : “Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Some are a bit confusing if you take them literally: “You can't have your cake and eat it too.” (Why not...

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