Category Archives: Wisdom

Getting Good Advice

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My facebook friend, Dan DeGarmo, who’s also a friend in real life and a preaching colleague recently posted, “Give me a random piece of advice.” His post produced some funny and interesting responses:

Brandy advised, “Don’t chew gum found on the street.”

“Baptize upriver”, recommended Calvin.

“Don’t eat yellow snow,” wrote Rachel. Continue reading

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Lord, Give Me Wisdom

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

These familiar words, often seen on plaques, were written by the American theologian, Richard Niebuhr, and is commonly known as “The Serenity Prayer.” They speak to challenges we all face in life. But the ability to properly deal with our ever changing and often unexpected circumstances hinges on wisdom. Continue reading

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The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose

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Today is the last day of the Southside Lectures. It’s been a great week. I’ve been edified by the powerful preaching from my fellow-laborers, Roger Shouse, Kenny Moorer and Don Truex.

But I’ve also been encouraged by the fellowship of the brethren who have come to worship, learn and grow. The association with God’s people this week has ennobled, uplifted and fortified my spirit.

It seems fitting that my final lecture this morning is on “The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose. Here’s a synopsis of what I plan to share from Ephesians 3:10-11. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Wisdom

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Some of you from my generation and older may remember Art Linkletter. He hosted a day time TV variety show called “House Party” from 1952 to 1969. My Mom loved to watch it.

One of the segments from that show was called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”   Years later Bill Cosby did a show with the same title and similar results. The premise was based on asking a child, usually 3-8 years old, a question that would elicit a cute response.

Whether from those shows or another source, I came across these funny responses from children after they were given a well-known proverb and then asked to come up with the ending.  Continue reading

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Wisdom From A Fortune Cookie

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Yesterday I had lunch with a friend of mine at P. F. Chang’s on the Plaza.  The food was good.  The Server was friendly. The conversation was enjoyable.  The fellowship was encouraging.  And at the end of the meal when I opened my Chinese fortune cookie….it was “spot on”!  Continue reading

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Wisdom Living

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I’m not sure of the accuracy of this story, but Alan Smith in his excellent “Thought for the Day” tells it for the truth!

Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher. A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper-shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution. Continue reading

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