Pastor Josh: From My journal

 

Mouth of the Righteous: Finding Jesus in Solomon’s Sayings

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” Proverbs 10:11 Who’s mouth is a “fountain of life”? Jesus himself made that claim. “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. But whoever drinks from the water I give him will never get thirsty again – ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:13-14... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 0 comments
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Memory of the Righteous: Finding Jesus in Solomon's Sayings

Reading Solomon’s wise sayings in Proverbs 10:1-22:16 can easily become an exercise in narcissism. My mouth isn’t “concealing violence” (Proverbs 10:11), so I must not be that bad, right?! I can work on my mouth being a fountain of life, and then I will be more righteous, more wise. But what if the proverb isn’t about me at all. What if the point is to reveal how unlike me “the righteous one” is? Take this one for example… Proverbs 10:7,... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Monday, July 10, 2017 | 0 comments
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Remedy #5 - Drown the voice before the voice drowns you

Remedy #5 for Keeping Pleasure in It's Place (Proverbs 7:21-23) “Drown the voice before the voice drown you.” “I couldn’t help it.” “I just snapped.” “I wasn’t thinking.” “I’m wired this way.” “I was just too tired to say ‘no’ anymore.” These are voices of victims of out-of-place pleasure. They feel helpless, out of control, trapped, hopeless. Why? The “persistent... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Friday, June 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Remedy #4 - Don't Walk the Tightrope without a Safety Net

Remedy #4 for Keeping Pleasure in It's Place (Proverbs 7:19-20) “Don’t walk the tightrope without a safety net.” Ever heard of Nik Wallenda? His tightrope walking accomplishments include Niagra Falls and the Grand Canyon. But even experts like Wallenda eventually fall. Five performers with Wallenda were injured in a highwire accident on February 8, 2017. Safety nets exist for a reason, and the consequences of walking a tightrope without one are severe. If you... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 0 comments
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Remedy #3 - Avoid Shortcuts to Satisfaction

Remedy #3 for Keeping Pleasure in It's Place (Proverbs 7:13-18) “Avoid Shortcuts to Satisfaction.” “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” Good words. Pleasure gets easily out of place when it is offered with no work required. “Everything is already done There’s no need to work at it. You don’t have to wait. You can have it now.” These are lines that ought to make you think long and hard. There is a “hidden... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 0 comments
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Remedy #2 - Read the Resume

Remedy #2 for Keeping Pleasure in It's Place (Proverbs 7:10-12) “Read the resume.” Past performance usually is indicative of future results. The young man had all the information necessary. “Dressed like a prostitute,” “loud and defiant,” “now in the street, now in the square” (which is Hebrew poetry for unable to commit!). This is a resume of trouble, and this young man failed to read the resume. Every pleasure that may... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 0 comments
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Remedy #1 - If you don't know, don't go.

Remedy #1 for Keeping Pleasure in It's Place (Proverbs 7:6-9) "If you don't know, don't go." Proverbs 7 describes what happens when a person fails to keep pleasure in its place. Using the picture of a young man going "near" the house that he will later discover leads to death (7:27), the proverb points us to Remedy #1 for keeping pleasure in its place. "If you don't know, don't go." This young man failed to practice Remedey #1.... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Monday, June 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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Will you make these vows?

A Christian's Daily Vows: Remembering the promise which He painstakingly revealed to you in the Bible, do you promise to daily delight in God’s revelation of Himself throughout history and in your life? Remembering the passion which He willingly endured for you, do you promise to love Him first, subordinating all other loves, desires and affections to Him? Remembering the possibility that He has generously made available to you that you might taste Heaven now and enjoy Him... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Family Bible Preteens

We are breaking new ground in my family in this category of family worship resources. My oldest has walked through each of the previous stage and been exposed to various tools. Some I have mentioned here and others I have quietly thrown in the garbage! You can’t always get it right! One tool that has been particularly helpful with my preteen and Bible reading has been The Action Bible , by Mauss. This Bible is written like a graphic novel with intense imagery that is sure to catch the... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Thursday, September 1, 2016 | 0 comments
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Family Bibles Early Elementary

Things get really fun when your kids are in their early elementary years! They are able to explore much more of the depth of a story, understand tension and mystery and often time they ask deeper theological questions than most adults! Don’t be afraid though. You don’t need a theology degree to walk a child through the Bible, but a good family Bible story book will be an invaluable help.  My all time favorite is Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible. Even adults... Read More
Posted by Josh Vaughan at Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 0 comments
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