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Words of Wisdom Feb 23

Memory Verse
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being
saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15).
Words Of Wisdom
When we obey God and do things that please Him, we are “the
fragrance of Christ” to Him, and He loves it. You would think that
any kindnesses that we show to those without Christ (“who are
perishing”) would be enjoyed as well. However, this is not always
the case. V. 16 says: “To the one we are the aroma of death
leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
And who is sufficient for these things?” Sometimes, no matter
how kind and gracious we are to unbelievers, they will not like (or
want) what we have to offer them, and we will smell like “death”
to them. We remind them of their animosity toward God and they
don’t want anything to do with us. Don’t give up! Keep planting,
watering, and harvesting for God!

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Words of Wisdom Feb 16

Memory Verse
The grass withers, the flower fades. But the word of our God stands
forever (Isaiah 40:8).
Words Of Wisdom
Isaiah 40 was written during a dark time in Israel’s history: the
Babylonian exile. God promised that Israel would flourish in a
Messianic Kingdom on earth, but this might seem unlikely to
Jewish slaves in Babylon. God comforts them, because while
bad things happen temporarily on earth, “the word of our God
stands forever.” Later, Peter reminds believers that just as God
keeps His promises to Israel, so also, He keeps His promises of
salvation: having been born again, not of corruptible seed but
incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides
forever, because… the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now
this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (1
Peter 1:23-25) No matter what happens, we can rest assured
that God’s Word is truth.

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Words Of Wisdom February 9

Memory Verse
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us
run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the
author and finisher of our faith… (Hebrews 12:1–2a).
Words Of Wisdom
In Luke 10:4, Jesus told his disciples to not take anything with them as
they went out to speak on His behalf. They were not to speak to anyone
on the way to their destination either. The idea here is the provision of
God. Just as God had provided for His chosen people for 40 years after
the Exodus from Egypt, He would for provide for those going forth to
proclaim the kingdom. Another lesson in Christ’s words is the importance
of not getting distracted in the work He gives us to do. By refusing to
stop and talk with people on the way to their destinations, the disciples
would avoid getting entangled in situations that may prevent them from
doing what Jesus had asked them to do. In the parables, Jesus
reminded us that many of His followers become unfruitful because of the
“worries of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for
other things” (cf., Mark 4:19). Lay aside the things that prevent you from
serving God and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and His Word!

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Words Of Wisdom February 2, 2020

Memory Verse
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as
serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Words Of Wisdom
Being a follower of Jesus will not always be easy. Jesus said so Himself
in many places. He told His disciples that following Him would involve
“carrying a cross” (Matt 16:24), that is, suffering for His sake. In “The
Bible Knowledge Commentary,” Louis A. Barbiere, Jr. states: ” It would
be essential for them [the followers of Jesus] to be as shrewd as snakes
and as innocent as doves, that is, wise in avoiding danger but harmless
in not forcibly opposing the enemy.” As messengers for our Lord Jesus
Christ, God calls us to share the message of life with “humility and
respect” (1 Peter 3:16). When others are not open to our words (or even
if they are hostile or rude toward them) we are to be gracious in how we
react as well as wise in how to move forward. Sometimes, it is best to
just move on and leave the person in God’s hands. The Apostle Paul
was willing to die for Jesus, but he always sought to escape that
outcome if there was any way possible.

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Words Of Wisdom 01-26-2020

Memory Verse
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time
(Colossians 4:5).
Words Of Wisdom
As disciples of Jesus, we are not only to be redemptive (or,
rescuers, redeemers) toward others who “through fear of death,
are all their lifetime subject to [Satan’s] bondage,” (Heb 2:15) and
outsiders of God’s eternal kingdom, but also toward time:
“redeeming the time” (Col 4:5). Humans are notoriously good at
wasting time, thus, as Christ’s followers, we need to “rescue” the
short time we will have on earth. We do this by behaving wisely
toward the many, many people all around us that need our love
and witness. John Wesley said it well: “Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the
places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you
can, as long as ever you can.”

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Words Of Wisdom 01-19-2020

Memory Verse
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free …
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John
8:36).
Words Of Wisdom
The moment we believe in Christ for the gift of eternal life we are
redeemed from “the curse of the law” (Galatians 3:13). On the
cross, Jesus took all the punishment of all guilty lawbreakers (=
all humanity) on Himself and “became a curse for us.” Through
faith in Him, we are set free from this curse. However, Jesus is
not finished freeing us the day we get saved. There is another
way in which He desires to set us free, namely, from sin’s power
over us. As we come to “know the truth” of Scripture more and
more, the Spirit of God uses that truth to transform us into the
image of Christ (2 Cor 3:18). And when this happens, we are
“free indeed,” i.e., truly free!

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