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(#163) The Proverbs of Solomon 23:15-16-Learning or Losing?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 23:15-16: “My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice-indeed, I myself; Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.”

True success in education is seen when the pupil has learned to “speak right things,” that is, by giving right answers (Luke 10:27-28), speaking truth in love (Ephesians 4:14-15), and “hungering and thirsting after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). The teacher is rewarded, not by government salary set by union standards, but by personal, internal rejoicing, a feeling of accomplishment, being satisfied to see another soul determined to know what is best. “The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy” (Proverbs 15:30). This is the reward for parents of a child: “Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22); especially when the parents have been good examples of their teaching: “My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 23:26).

The “no child left behind” philosophy is a false standard purely designed to feed the egos of politicians! That idea has little to do with true education, but of keeping children within their own artificially-determined age group, herded along with “social promotions” as a group, for the sake of “body counts” in the classroom, so that tax monies may be distributed according to politically-established parameters! Education is a matter of sparking inquisitiveness, sharing knowledge, and exercising thought processes which help the mind distinguish limits, laws, and license. “Education” which does not ignite the fires of knowledge within the pupil is falsely so-called. “Education” which is designed to tell children what to think, rather than teaching them to think, is “propaganda.” “Teachers” who are simply teaching to some politically-driven “standard test” not only are missing the real thrill of teaching, but are falsely advertising themselves as “educators.”

This proverb (23:15-16) should remind us of why students have been eager to go to school, and why “home-schooling” numbers have burgeoned in recent decades.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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More Random Thoughts

Here is an actual “news” headline from 8-17-12 – “Texas School District Eases Up On Dress Code, Allows Male Earrings, Visible Tattoos”

The headline reveals how this nation’s school system is letting us down! It reveals how the average school has a social hub mindset for children on the forefront while education concerns are actually on the back-burner. Although the story didn’t say it, I have no doubt that complaining parents was one of the reasons that the “dress code” was eased up on. Tattoos? These are children!!! Reading, Ritting and Rithmatic have obviously been exchanged for Revealing, Regressing and Rotting leadership both from parents and school districts.

As I’m sure most of you have heard, Neil Armstrong is dead at the age of 82.

The man who made it all the way to the moon wasn’t able to get away from death. No matter where we go, death finds us all. One thing that I can say that I appreciated about Mr. Armstrong is that he was willing to mention mankind’s Creator. While I can’t say I know much about his personal beliefs, I can say that just about the only thing I hear coming from NASA’s mouth today is all about searching for the origins of life – i.e. evolution garbage. Again, I don’t know what Mr. Armstrong’s true position was, but I think it would be great if a man in his position would acknowledge the awe of outer space in a way that points to its Creator.

Here’s a portion of my sermon yesterday about having a passion for our salvation. I thought some of you might be able to use it for a sermon idea:

There’s no such thing as a person who’s saved that wasn’t lost beforehand! Problem is from time to time some people forget who they need to be in Christ, while some of us forget who we used to be before Christ. Every one of us has a B.C. time in our life that we need to remember.

We sing the 1st stanza of Amazing Grace, but do we really believe it? Did God’s grace save an angel, or did it save a wretch? If we expect to be passionate about who we are we’ll have to remember who we were! We were sinners, lost, enemies of God, deserving punishment and bound for Hell.

Some may want to deny this, but we do so at our own peril! Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost – not the found (Luke 19:10). Fact that some of us may want to deny this explains why we might have no passion about our salvation!!!

How can we expect to be passionate about something if we don’t realize how bad we needed it? If we can’t realize how bad we needed it, then one day we will, but it might too late. Remember what Paul said about himself – 1 Timothy 1:15. Too many Christians look at their past like they were the least of sinners instead of the chief.

Forgetting who we were causes us to be someone who doesn’t care about others. It leads to spiritual snobbery! It leads to hypocrisy, hard heartedness and even hatred of others! It leads to self-righteousness, self-justification and self-condemnation! It leads us and others almost anywhere expect to Jesus.

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 – NKJV)

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Germany today; US tomorrow? – JAM

Earlier this year authorities in Paderborn, Germany sent several fathers and mothers to jail for refusing to allow the public school system to indoctrinate their children with a sex philosophy that “if it feels good, do it.” There are five families objecting to the permissive view of sex as contrary to Christian morality. The government response has been to jail the parents. The course involves four days of mandated sexual education, including a stage play called “My body is my own” and interactive programs promoting views that radically contradict both Jewish and Christian traditional ethics. Part of the course is calculated to encourage acceptance of homosexuality as normal and approved. Is this an omen of things to come here in America? This trend is sweeping across Europe and will likely soon be knocking on our door. This is Just-a-minute with Ed Boggess

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