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In Proverbs nine Solomon compares two different teachers with two diverse lessons taught to two different students who have two destinations. He advises his sons to be careful to whom they listen and beware of those who would lead them astray. Read Proverbs nine and consider the following outline.
Wisdom is the teacher who has prepared her house and her lesson , vs. 1-6
She offers understanding to the inexperienced
She warns them to avoid folly
Her ways lead to life vs. 11
The woman of folly has prepared lesson as well, vs. 13- 18
She entices the upright to abandon the straight path
She offers stolen water and secret bread to those who lack understanding.
Her ways lead to death
The student who chooses wisely enters wisdom’s classroom and eats from the table of understanding, drinks from the cup of knowledge and learns to FEAR THE LORD, vs. 8-11
The Scoffer refuses wisdom and enters into the classroom of the woman who lacks understanding. He drinks stolen water and eats, uninvited, from another man’s table, vs. 7-8; 16-17.
The Wise student graduates to a long life filled with truth and understanding, vs. 11
The Scoffer flunks out and is doomed to walking among the destitute and dead, vs. 18
Whoever has your ear holds your fate.
To whom we choose to listen to determines our direction in life. If we listen to those who are corrupt, undisciplined or uninformed, who lack knowledge and who do not fear the Lord we put ourselves at risk. If we listen to wise people who fear the Lord, trust his word and follow his godly example we fare much better.It’s a personal decision we all must make for ourselves.
“If you are wise you are wise for yourself and if you scoff you alone will bear it”, Proverbs 9:12.
Pick your teachers carefully your destination depends on it!
Leadership is about people, and unless we are observing how God works in our lives to provide opportunity to lead, we will miss the possibility of God using us to help others.
An ancient Chinese proverb emphasizes the way to a lifetime of happiness: “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Helping others can only occur when leaders observe the people God places in their lives each day.
Leaders must seek to discover what goes on in the lives of these individuals, why it takes place, and how they might show the light of Jesus through their help.
Take a few moments each day to simply observe the working of God through the opportunities provided in the lives of the special people placed on our daily path.
This week brings about one of the highlights of the year at Bear Valley - the annual lectureship! It begins tomorrow and goes through Sunday. For a listing of speakers, topics, and times, click HERE
I am also excited to share with you some of the reports from the schools around the world. I know you will be encouraged by what you see.
2016 has been an unprecedented year in the growth of the Extension Program, as we have now started 5 new schools this year! The newest one is in Fiji and will serve the churches of Oceania and the South Pacific. You can read their first report here.
Fresh off of a graduation, the brethren in Nigeria are not taking a break! Read all about what they have been doing in the Kingdom.
Donnie Estep is our outstanding and capable Regional Director for Southern Africa (which includes the schools in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi) and has just returned from a 3 week trip where he visited and taught in each of the 3 schools. (can you imagine?!) Read his encouraging report (with pictures) by clicking here.
Many of you know of the difficulties that our brethren in Ukraine have endured for the past few years, so I think you will be pleasantly surprised to read about all the good things that are happening there. The Director of the school has filed an encouraging update.
Speaking of new schools and progress, one of the newest schools (Liberia) is off to a great start! You will find this report, complete with pictures, very interesting.
I hope that you are richly blessed this week and should you have a chance to attend the lectureship, I hope to see you.
Thank you for your continued prayers, partnership, and support. God bless.
Director of Extensions