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Friday, July 1, 2011

Proverb a Day! - Summer Fun!

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A Proverb a Day

In July, many friends of the Faith Family Resource Center will be reading one chapter of Proverbs a day. We will be providing creative ways to help our children learn Proverbs AND we’ll talk about God’s Message for US!

Wanna join us? Simply read one chapter each day.  At the end of July, you will have read Proverbs, start to finish!  Follow the blog: You’ll find ideas on the Book of Proverbs each day!

Memory Verses:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”- Proverbs 1:7

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” – Proverbs 1: 8

“My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.” – Proverbs 1:10

The first chapter of Proverbs is so full of good stuff. If we'd just get the above Bible verses straight, we'd be spared a lot of heartache!

You can pick the verse you want to help your children memorize. Make a game of tossing a ball and saying the words of the verse with each ball toss. Post your verse throughout the house!

Do this experiment to teach your child to stay away from people who try to get them to do wrong:

Put three glasses full of clear, fresh drinking water on the table. Have a small bag of dirt nearby. Ask your children to take a sip from each glass – good stuff.

NOW, dump two big spoonfuls of dirt into one glass and mix it up. Will your child drink the water now? Probably not.

NOW, take one TINY bit of dirt and sprinkle it over the second glass of clear water. The dirt may film over the water. Ask your children to drink that water. Chances are, they won’t.

HERE’S the lesson. Proverbs tells us to stay away from sin or sinners (people who do bad things you know are not right).

Sin is like the dirt. If you really get into it, it can muddy your life. Point to the muddy “dirt dumped” water.

What if you do just a TINY thing wrong, though? Will that really make a difference? Let’s say, as a teen, you just “hang out” with sinners, kids who do the wrong thing?

How can that hurt? Look at Proverbs AND the water. A pinch of dirt ruins the whole glass. No drinking water here.

God’s first Chapter in Proverbs tells us what happens when we’re foolish. We let the world tempt us and, although things seem OK: “we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder” (Proverbs 1:13) we will not be happy in the end.

“Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.” – Proverbs 1:19

Today’s society is full of a lot of stuff, but dead. We're living together out of wedlock, compromising on morals, cheating to get riches, watching dishonorable things on TV and movies, being selfish and self-centered. What does the Book of Proverbs say to us?

Don’t muddy the waters. Don’t be a fool.

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