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Wise

Wise Money

Proverbs 3:9-10; 11:24-25; 13:22; 27:23-24 • March 25, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

Often we have no vision for ourselves or our possessions beyond our personal satisfaction. Even those of us who strive to see the world beyond the blinders we so often wear can still use a tune-up from time to time that will make us ask and re-ask the question “am I looking beyond me and beyond now with respect to how I live and what I have?” In the end, that is what is at stake here. This cannot be reduced to biblical obligation about the use of our resources and giving, it must be more, because what we do with our resources ultimately comes down to the breadth of our vision. A vision of what could be and should be, and the stewardship of all that we are and have to move us toward that end and wisdom is key in every way. The word for us today is both simple and complex—A Wise Steward Honours God by Giving, Budgeting and Investing Wisely. Wise | Wise Money | Proverbs 3:9-10; 11:24-25; 13:22; 27:23-24

Wise Family

Proverbs 6:20-23; 22:6; 24:3-4; 31:10-31 • March 18, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

“I’m just trying to get through the day.” Everyone of us have felt this way at some time or another with respect to our marriages and children. I know I have. You see, although marriage and family have been postured by the Church as the ultimate goal of life, once we actually enter the complexity of these relationships and the difficulty of actually turning a house into home, we quickly realise that what we romanticised is quite a bit more complex than what we perhaps anticipated. We must remember, it is really apathy that is is most dangerous to our marriages. We must remember, who our children become is directly related to how we shape them, raise them, train them and intentionally invest in them. Therein is the connection. Like an artist sculpting a masterpiece, we take incredible care and invest significant hours in the most valuable work we will ever produce. The message for us today is this: A wise family is established by mutual honour and purposeful investment in one another. Wise | Wise Family | Proverbs 6:20-23; 22:6; 24:3-4; 31:10-31

Wise Relationships

Proverbs 5:15-19;13:20;17:17; 27:6;18:24 • March 11, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

Every one of us has allowed people we cannot count on to get close to us. Every one of us has put our trust in people who have abused that trust. Every single one of us has given more to a person than they were willing to give back— and we have done it multiple times, why? Because, Generally, we lack intentionality in choosing our relationships. We “fall” into love. We “end up” being friends. We “happen” to connect with someone, but very often are not intentional in how we enter a relationship, cultivate a relationship, or in some cases, exit a relationship when it becomes toxic or unhealthy. Perhaps our parents or mentors or grand parents or guidance counselors simply did not prepare us with the right skills we need to graciously assess whether someone should actually be in our lives. Perhaps because we live an a culture that is in love with the idea of love, fears conflict, and longs to be liked, we do not know how to enter, or if need be, exit relationships well. Though all of the aforementioned is true to one degree or another I believe, greater than anything affecting us in this regard, is that we lack wisdom in choosing relationships. If we were wise in choosing our relationships, we could avoid a world of hurt in intimate relationships, and a world of trouble in others. Wise relationships are intentional, tested, and true. Wise | Wise Relationships | Proverbs 5:15-19;13:20;17:17; 27:6;18:24

Wisdom

Proverbs 3:13-20 • March 4, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

We live in an age of inexhaustible information, but very little wisdom. As a people, we can "know" nearly anything we want to, but the wisdom to apply that knowledge is scarce. The question that our context presents us with is, if information abounds, how do we go about seeking wisdom? For the disciple of Jesus our pursuit should never be knowledge for knowldge sake, but wisdom in all things. Because wisdom is more precious than anything we could want. Wise | Wisdom | Proverbs 3:13-20