Week 21 Files: Proverbs

Early to bed, early to rise makes a man wealthy, healthy and wise. Right? Sure…

This week we discussed proverbs in depth, and played a little Proverb fill-in-the blank. I hope you enjoyed and learned a bit as we had fun with them. This week’s handout and PowerPoint file about studying Proverbs is in a zip file. Several of you mentioned that you’ve had trouble opening these.

If you’re using Windows XP or Vista, you have a built-in zip file opener. If not, you’ll need to download something like WinZip or 7Zip to do the trick.

To open the zip files, after you’ve got one of those programs or operating systems–simply right click on the link, select “save target as” and once the file is downloaded, click open. This will open a folder that will show you all of the files inside. A zip file is basically a compressed package that holds several files within it…that way, you only have to download one file instead of two or three, and I only have to upload one. See? Win-win! :-)

You then should be able to see the files. This week’s package includes a PDF Handout (requires Acrobat Reader) and a PowerPoint Viewer (either from Microsoft or a third-party). If you have any questions, please send me an email or leave them in the comments.

Works in progress…

Most of you know that I work as an IT consultant in addition to my ministry work. Yes, I know this qualifies me as the dorkiest man in existence…but I’ve come to grips with that fact, and so should you. :)

I’ve added a section at the top of the site "Church Technology." I’m working on putting together some of the more useful tips, tricks, and websites that I’ve come across that have something to do with ministry.

I get asked on a pretty regular basis for software recommendations to keep home PCs safe. I’ve put together a list of a semi-comprehensive package of tools you can use to protect your computer on a subpage of my Church Technology Section. I hope you’ll check it out! :)

This Week’s D’oh Moments

Enjoy two cat products and one dumb China-Olympics protester.

I’d like to see more specifically what happens when you open the door at the end…

As if the CatWash 9000 weren’t good enough, now there’s a new place you can make sure your friendly feline is getting enough Vitamin D. Yes, your very own Cat Tanning Bed!

One more, thanks to Digg…a protester against the Chinese hosting the Olympics who evidently isn’t very familiar with history…

In case you are wondering, the question isn’t "would we" but instead, "did we." The answer is "yes."

More than food, right?

Life is more than food, clothes, cars, and cash, right?

Jesus thinks so. He once warned a man who was upset about his family’s inheritance to “take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). He offered this teaching right before telling a parable about a rich man who hoarded his good and looked forward to a luxurious retirement. Do you remember what Jesus called this man? A fool! (12:20).

Almost every news story I saw this week talked about the economy. Gas is approaching $4 per gallon. Rice and flour are rationed in some stores. Homes are in foreclosure and the stock market has been wavering. Is this news bothering you? For most Americans, the answer is “yes!”

Being light in a dark world means that we should be different. Remember when Jesus said “Seek ye first the kingdom of God”? He meant that our focus should be on kingdom-building instead of keeping a worried eye on the evening news.

If we’re truly different, and if we truly have the comfort and peace that passes understanding, we can learn to “consider the lilies of the field” (Lk 12:27) and learn to be content in whatever situations we find ourselves in (Philippians 4:11).

We’re getting “economic stimulus” checks sometime in the next month. Have you thought about what you’ll do with yours? The government is giving you an opportunity to glorify the name of Jesus. (That doesn’t happen every day!) Will we build bigger barns, lay up treasures on earth, get new toys, and try to buy contentment OR will we build up the kingdom of God? This is a great opportunity to help our missionaries or the needy…or even begin a new ministry!

So, think about how the world and the Savior will see your actions. The choice is ours: economic stimulus or spiritual stimulus? Let’s seek first his kingdom.