Pastor’s Letter – April 13, 2020 – Walking in Integrity

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

Proverbs 2:7

Dear Church and Friends,

With Easter behind us and the wonderful discipline of Holy Week a warm glow, we return today to the routine we established a couple of weeks back. (I never thought this would go on for four weeks.)

Proverbs 2:1-22 is our subject today. Here we are introduced fully into the School of Wisdom. Our father/teacher instructs us on our conduct in the school. Notice the first five verses of chapter two.

  • receive my words – hide my commandments.
  • incline thine ear – apply thine heart.
  • criest after – liftest up thy voice.
  • seekest her – searchest for her.

In the school this is how the student is to behave. Once these things are established verse 5 gives us a “then” statement. This is followed by a quatrain of blessings in verses 7 and 8.

The one that stands out to me is in verse 7, the second part of the couplet. Blessing comes to the student who walks in integrity. Let’s all pray, “lead me in the paths of righteousness, for your name sake.”

Here’s the outline for Proverbs 2:1-22. Click on the link to view it or download it.

Here is the podcast for the School of Wisdom podcast for chapter 2.

Music: The Norton Hall Band, Be a Lamp.

Prayer Requests: Please pray for the peoples of Maharashtra, India. This request comes from the IMB prayer list. You can find more by following the link to their site.

  • (mah-huh-RAHSH-truh) – Please pray for a Muslim family in Maharashtra with whom two believers have been sharing the gospel during the past two months. This family continues to be open to learning more and more about the true and living God, but they are desirous to see Him do a miracle: They are longing to see their paralyzed son walk again. Would you pray that the Father will continue to draw this family to Himself, opening their eyes and revealing to them that Jesus is the way to the Father? Ask that they will trust Him, believing fully in Him, with or without a miracle. Please lift up their son to the Great Physician for healing, and also pray that He will grant repentance and that they will realize that their spiritual need is greater than any physical need.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 66: What are the chief parts of this law?
  • Answer: The duties which we owe God, set down in the first table, and what we owe men in the second.
  • Question 67: What is the sum of the first table?
  • Answer: That we love the Lord our God, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind.
  • Question 68: How many commandments belong to this first table?
  • Answer: Four.

“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

All my best.

He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Proverbs 2:8

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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