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We're Learning Wisdom from Wise Sages

I’m enjoying our six-week look at the Book of Proverbs. We’re learning that they were written by people like Solomon who had spent a lifetime reflecting on how the world works, how God works, and wanted to pass down those observations to their children or grandchildren, so that they might walk in those ways.

I’ve been encouraging all of us to make a proverb each week a part of our memory bank.  We started with Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

We then reflected on the wisdom of having Christian friends and two present wise sages, Jean Austin and Kristi Schumacher, weighed in with their testimony. Our memory verse was Proverbs 3:3 - Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart.

In looking at wisdom gained from the workplace we learned how important it is to encourage, affirm, and give compliments to one another. Our own youth returning from Ichthus modeled for us how to do this using a “Cup of Blessing.” We heard in Proverbs 12:18 that…Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

There are three more Sundays I will preach on the Proverbs before returning to cherished Old Testament stories. On July 22 while Diane and I are on vacation, a dear friend of mine, Rev. Colleen Ogle, will be your guest preacher. Colleen and I have been in a clergy cluster group together for the past two years and Keri Newcomb and I took this year’s Confirmation Class for a weekend retreat at        Colleen’s Marion Epworth UMC where we joined with her confirmation kids. Before entering the clergy ranks 25 years ago, Colleen was in law school with our own Dan Belville. She has a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard, a master's of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and has completed coursework for her doctorate in theological studies at Marquette. She has two college-age children, Ezra (21), a firefighter who is completing his paramedic training at Hocking College, and Sophie (19), who is attending Columbus State Community College with plans to study nursing. Colleen has served on the board of directors for Marion General Hospital. You are in good hands with this wise sage.

Remember that…Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor (Proverbs 21:21).