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How to Wreck Your Life

Scripture not only gives us the pathway to eternal life in a place of perfection, it also tells us how to live in this world of imperfection. Someone once said, “Stupid means you make the same mistake over and over, smart means that you learn from your mistakes; genius means that you learn from other people’s mistakes.” The Bible has so much to show us through the example of others. So let’s be geniuses!

From this Series

Let Anger Consume You

September 13, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 6

One of the most powerful human emotions is anger. Rightly directed, it can work to solve injustice or meet the needs of the oppressed. Wrongly directed, it can destroy relationships and break hearts. Proverbs warns us about the dangers of anger that goes underground, as well as anger that explodes. The solution to anger is to express it in appropriate, healthy ways.

Isolate Yourself

September 20, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 6

We were never meant to live in isolation from one another. Proverbs recognizes the need for authentic relationships, tells us why we need them, and how to develop those relationships. This theme is stated most clearly in Proverbs 18:1, which says, “The man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.”

Make It All About You

September 27, 2015 by Paul McGuinness Message 3 of 6

Thinking of ourselves, taking care of ourselves and putting ourselves first comes naturally. Just ask any parent. These tendencies don’t need to be taught. The gravitational pull is to make our lives all about us. The trouble is, that path leads to destruction. Lucifer was the first example of this. After that, Adam and Eve. And everyone since then has demonstrated that pride leads to a fall. The book of Proverbs is full of warnings against pride. We’ll explore some of those warnings as well as the alternate path of humility.

Let Your Kids Raise Themselves

October 4, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 4 of 6

Proverbs speaks often about family dynamics and parenting. In fact, the first nine chapters are a dialogue between a father and a son. The phrase “my son” is used more than 60 times in the book of Proverbs. These Proverbs about parenting describe consistent practices that are essential in nurturing the next generation. Focus on building a home, not just building a house; give your kids a compass, not just a resume; give consequences, not empty threats; ground rules in a relationship; surround them with the right influences.

Lose Control of Your Finances

October 11, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 5 of 6

The culture around us is constantly trying to focus our attention on all the stuff we don’t have. It makes us feel discontent and drives us on an endless quest for more. We fear the loss of our jobs, health care, or retirement benefits and amass large quantities of wealth, assuming that the more we have, the safer we’ll be. The accumulation of wealth has become a popular defense against fear. But it doesn’t work. So how can we experience a life of freedom and peace with our finances?

Put Off The Important

October 18, 2015 by Mark Stuenzi Message 6 of 6

In the book of Proverbs, there is a character who keeps reappearing: The Sluggard. The Sluggard is the personification of good intentions without follow-through. In so many areas, we start off with great vision and strong momentum, but our resolve can quickly fade. The appeal of momentary pleasures blinds us to really important things in life. We can procrastinate, rationalize and delay. What important decisions in your life are you putting off?