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Listening The Original Lifehack

The biblical word for "wisdom" can also be translated “technical skill” - wisdom is “skill for life.” The book of Proverbs is an early collection of timeless life skills. These were the original “life hacks” which have become so popular today. Consider these life hacks from the book of Proverbs … Proverbs 15.1 (NRSV), A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 27.14 (NRSV), Whoever blesses a neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. Proverbs 29.17 (NRSV), Discipline your children, and they will give you rest; they will give delight to your heart. Proverbs 13.11 (NRSV), Wealth hastily gotten will dwindle, but those who gather little by little will increase it. The book of Proverbs is full of life hacks, like these, that make us wise for life. In the very beginning of Proverbs we see that the key practice to growing in wisdom, the most important skill, is “liste

The Spiritual Obesity Epidemic

We have a spiritual obesity problem in our churches today. So many people are looking for a church that will "feed them" but fewer are looking for churches to help them exercise their spiritual muscles. In our physical bodies if all we do is eat we get fat - I think the same might be true of our "spiritual bodies" as well. In Psalm 143:10 the psalmist prays, "Teach me to do your will." He doesn't pray to know God's will, but to do it! As someone who has grown up in church I know God's will, but I still need to learn to do it. I suspect this is the problem with most of us Christians. We know where we should go, what to do, we simply lack the actual going and the doing. I know I should be patient with the person in front of me arguing over thirty cents with the cashier, but I not. I know I should speak with kindness when my wife or children upset my plans for the day, but I don't. I know I should listen when someone comes to talk, bu