January 26th, 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, 10:00am Combined Service & Congregational Meeting Robbie Carnes preaching, “Proverbs, Don't be that Guy: Chicken Little”; Proverbs 3:21-26, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. If we were to base our understanding of our world on what newspapers, TV and radio tell us we would despair easily. But that is not who we are as followers of Jesus. Even though the earth shakes and the mountains fall into the sea we will not fear, because God has it all in his hands. Avoiding despair can be a great effort and we need truth of God’s Word and the love of God’s community to establish hope in our hearts.
January 19th, 2nd Sunday after Epiphany Lindsey Carnes preaching, “Proverbs, Don't be that Guy: The Debbie Downer”; Proverbs 4:23-27, Ps 37:4, Nehemiah 8:9-10. It is easy to develop a negative attitude, especially when we don’t receive what we want or need. While depression is a chemical struggle for many, it also is a communicable and spiritual one. We are not called to be Christian Pollyannas, but we are called to live into the Joy of the Lord
Proverbs 17:1,4,9,14-15,19; 18:2,8,13,17; Matthew 5:9. All throughout the 17th and 18th chapter of Proverbs there is a running theme of the foolishness and blindness of those who use their words wisely and those who foster discontent. We need to recognize the power of our words and learn how we might relieve discontent and negativity rather than maintain it. This is at the core of what Jesus speaks about when he says, blessed are the Peacemakers.
Proverbs 3:1-8. Nobody likes a know it all. That isn’t because we don’t like knowledge. It is because a ‘know it all’ doesn’t allow room for anyone else to know…