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Daily Reflections April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Ecclesiastes 1 You will likely not find many inspirational or prosperity gospel books based in Ecclesiastes. It seems very pessimistic and depressing, especially on the first couple of readings. But even though we may be tempted to skim over it, that would not be good for us. In our world of immediate gratification, it is beneficial for us to sometimes sit in anticipation. As we read Ecclesiastes, let the longing for hope, meaning, and freedom swell until your heart is thoroughly about to...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 30 This Proverb comes to us from Agur, an otherwise unmentioned character in Biblical history. The name “Agur” means “collector.” This is an appropriate title for a man who brings forth the wisdom that he has amassed from godly teachers. He uses the opening verses of the proverb to defame himself, intentionally drawing attention to the fact that he is not the source of wisdom. He is merely a man. He has nothing of his own to offer, but he points the reader to the place where wisdom...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 7, 2017

April 07, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 25 Proverbs 25 begins a new section containing Solomon’s proverbs copied by Hezekiah’s scribes. Because Solomon and Hezekiah were both kings, it isn’t surprising that the first seven verses deal with royalty. Although we may not be planning to interact with monarchs anytime soon, this passage still provides some wise counsel to us.  In verses 6-7 we are told that one should not take a place of prominence before a king. It is better to be overly humble and be raised in status by...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections April 5, 2017

April 05, 2017 By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Proverbs 23 The sweep of counsel in Proverbs 23 covers matters of social conduct, domestic leadership and personal restraint.  A few highlights from each category: A: Social conduct It is hard to know whether these Proverbs originated with Solomon or were gathered by him for the benefit of his son.  Either way, the counsel assumes social contact with people of wealth and influence.  Verses 1-2 remind the young man to govern his appetites while in the company of other...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 18 We live in a digital age where opinions can be spread immediately and widely. And instead of being carefully thought-out, these opinions are often thrown out quickly without consideration.  In this chapter, there are three notes on hasty opinions. In verse 2, we read: “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” (Proverbs 18:2) To the fool, ensuring that truth is known and proclaimed is not important. He is content with his voice being...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 16 As we study this book, it is helpful to remind ourselves that proverbs are not promises. They are principles that generally prove to be true, but from time to time the general rule is broken.  For instance, I intend to teach my children that students who do their homework earn better marks on their tests. However, there is no doubt in my mind that my kids will encounter one or two students who are both lazy and remarkably gifted, and those students will frequently outperform...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 11 In this chapter we find that verses 1-20 is a unit. We can see that it is a unit because of the literary device call an inclusio. An inclusio is when an author puts similar material at the beginning and the end of a section to indicate that section’s theme. It is like bookends or a frame of a picture to give structure for the reader. For another clear example, look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10. In verse 1, we read that God abhors a false balance but delights in a just...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 9 This chapter begins and ends with two voices calling out. Lady Wisdom is presented in the opening verses as having prepared a feast for her guests. She has sent out her young women to invite the simple to join her and to learn how to walk in the way of insight. The woman Folly is pictured as sitting at the entrance of the house and calling loudly to those who pass by. She invites the simple to join her in enjoying stolen water and bread. The imagery is striking. Both Wisdom and...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 4 The fourth chapter of Proverbs continues the instruction of a kingly father to his son. And we see that this wisdom he is passing on was passed down by his father. This is a wonderful reminder of the crucial role and responsibility that parents have for their children. A school can provide some education and a church can provide spiritual care, but the parents of a child are divinely positioned to have the most impact in the raising of a child to be mature and wise. You can sense in...Continue Reading

Daily Reflections March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 By: FBC Staff

Proverbs 2 Proverbs 2 begins with a list of conditions found in verses 1 – 4: If you accept my words and store them up, and if you cry out for wisdom, and if you search for it as you would for treasure: “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:5 ESV) Right from the outset, it is made clear that wisdom is not something that one stumbles into. It comes through hard work and persistence. As we delve into this book it is worth...Continue Reading