I often walk in the trees. It helps me to reflect on what I'm rooted in. As I see the deep roots of the trees, I ask, "Who are you God, and who am I in light of who you are? Am I rooted in what matters to you or am I rooted in what matters to me?" And that's the big question for all of us. That's the question we're exploring via Proverbs 11–12 in this week's Jesus' Economy Podcast episode, "Be Rooted Like a Tree of Life."

Be Rooted Like a Tree of Life: Proverbs 11–12 Sermon

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 11–12 to show that God calls us to be rooted like a tree of life. That rootedness changes our lives and our communities. Some key verses from these chapters are:

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. ... In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality" (Proverbs 11:30; 12:38).

That's a powerful thought. Jesus also talked about trees as a metaphor for growing in faith, saying:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches" (Matthew 13:31–32).

The person who accepts the kingdom of heaven, God's wisdom and Jesus' message, not only finds life but becomes a person who offers life. This leads me back to that question I ask among the trees, "Who are you God, and who am I light of who you are? Am I rooted, O God, in what matters to you, or in what matters to me?" Reflect on that today.

Wisdom is a Choice: Proverbs Podcast Series

What better way to transform our lives in 2020 than by God's wisdom? This podcast episode is a segment of the 16-part series, "Wisdom is a Choice." In this series, we are examining every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs.  (Today's sermon was originally delivered on September 8, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.)

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What better way to transform our lives in 2020 than by God's wisdom? In this 16-part podcast series titled "Wisdom is a Choice," we are examining every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. In our fifth podcast episode in the new series, we examine Proverbs 9–10. Behind these chapters is the big question, "Why fear God?" Some key verses from these chapters are:

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. ... The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing" (Proverbs 9:10–11; 10:27–28 NIV).

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Fearing God Brings Joy: Proverbs 9–10 Sermon

Why do we fear God? To answer this question imagine this: A long time ago, in a place not that different than our own, there were two women. These two women held opposite beliefs. Their convictions ran deep. Each woman did what she could to call the inhabitants of that place to follow her. One woman was named Wisdom; the other, Folly. Wisdom and Folly dueled for followers, day in and day out. They each claimed they could bring joy. They each spoke of the fears in life. Proverbs 9–10 is how they speak. This is their story, as told by God.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 9–10 to show that fearing God brings joy. This is why we fear God. This sermon was originally delivered on August 11, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.

 

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What better way to transform our lives in 2020 than by God's wisdom? In this 16-part podcast series titled "Wisdom is a Choice," we are examining every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. In our fourth podcast episode in the new series, we examine Proverbs 7–8. Some key verses from these chapters are:

"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. ... Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. ... I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver" (Proverbs 8:12, 14, 17–19 NIV).

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Wisdom is Better Than Gold: Proverbs 7–8 Sermon

The prevailing view of our culture is that wealth equals wisdom. There are few things that are further from the truth. Furthermore, pursuing our own desires will not bring us happiness. There are things far more valuable. The most valuable thing of all, the currency that we should seek, is God's wisdom.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 7–8 to show that God's commands guide us in life.. This sermon was originally delivered on August 3, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.

 

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What better way to start 2020 than by marking our lives by God's wisdom? Our number one most-popular Jesus' Economy Podcast episode of 2019 was "How Do I Obtain Wisdom?," a sermon on Proverbs 1–2. This episode is now the launching point for a 16-part series titled "Wisdom is a Choice." We will be covering every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. In our third podcast episode in the new series, we examine Proverbs 5–6. Some key verses from these chapters are:

"My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you" (Proverbs 6:20–22 NIV).

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God's Commands Guide Us in Life: Proverbs 5–6 Sermon

Most of us are not big on someone saying, "thou shalt not." When we think of God as purely the Law-giver, the command giver, it's easy to think that God is mean and angry. He is at least thought of as "not fun." But when God gives commands, his reason for doing so is not to take away from our lives, but to give life. God’s commands are not meant to remove the joy of life, but to preserve it.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 5–6 to show that God's commands guide us in life.. This sermon was originally delivered on July 21, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.

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What better way to start 2020 than by marking our lives by God's wisdom? Our number one most-popular Jesus' Economy Podcast episode of 2019 was "How Do I Obtain Wisdom?," a sermon on Proverbs 1–2. This episode is now the launching point for a 16-part series titled, "Wisdom is a Choice." We will cover every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. In our second podcast episode in the series, we examine Proverbs 3–4. We especially reflect on these verses:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5–6 NIV).

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Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding: Proverbs 3–4 Sermon

Sometimes life can feel murky, like we lack all of understanding of where to go next. How do we navigate such times? In Proverbs, we find a father telling his son that in the murky and muddy moments of life, lean away from society's common "wisdom"; instead, look to the creator of heaven and earth.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 3–4 to show that in the murkiness of life, the key is to lean on God, not the understanding of society or culture. I provide seven reasons why we should not lean on our own understanding but instead choose God's understanding. This sermon was originally delivered on June 16, 2019 (Father's Day) at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.

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Our number one most-popular Jesus' Economy Podcast episode of 2019 was "How Do I Obtain Wisdom?," a sermon on Proverbs 1–2. This episode is now the launching point for a 16-part series, covering every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. What better way to start 2020 than by marking our lives by God's wisdom?

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7 NIV).

Join us for the "Wisdom is a Choice" series by listening to "How Do I Obtain Wisdom?" and subscribing to the Jesus' Economy Podcast on iTunesSpotify, or SoundCloud.

Being Wise Is a Choice: A Sermon on Proverbs 1–2

How do I obtain wisdom? This is the question behind most of the questions that pastors receive? We're all searching for wisdom, for answers to the difficult situations we encounter week in and week out. But let's be honest: We want answers quickly, as quick as a fast food restaurant stop. Yet wisdom doesn't work that way. It takes time. It is also a choice.

In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 1–2 to shows that being wise is a choice. It's a difficult one, and a daily one, but the choice of wisdom is of immeasurable worth. Think of how much better our world will be if each of us make this the year that we choose wisdom.

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Here at Jesus' Economy, we believe that together we can make the world a better place. For that reason, our team regularly provides free sermons and talks on living for Jesus. And 2019 was no exception ...

2019 was a big year of written and audio content at JesusEconomy.org. In January 2019, we released a project that had been years in the making: the book, Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. With the book's release came a series of talks on the biblical view of missions, God's justice, and love. This turned out to be some of our most popular content of 2019. You were also big fans of some of our practical sermons on "Living for Jesus," and our talks on key biblical theology topics. Together, we were inspired to make the world a better place.

Top 5 Jesus' Economy Podcast Episodes

Here's the countdown of the top 5 most popular episodes from the Jesus' Economy Podcast in 2019. You can subscribe to the Jesus' Economy Podcast on iTunesSpotify, or SoundCloud.

#5. Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables? Studying Jesus' Parables

Our fifth most podcast published in 2019 is from the series, "Studying Jesus' Parables." This popular series of talks is based on the research for my book, Parables: Portraits of the Kingdom in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Jesus was fond of speaking in parables. But why did he speak in these short, often confusing, stories? In this talk, I argue that to understand Jesus' parables, we have to look at his first-century context and think of him as the rabbi that he is. We also have to make the commitment that Jesus asks us to make: We have to enter the journey with him; we have to follow Jesus the rabbi like his earliest disciples did.

#4. We Can Trust God to Enact Justice: The Book of Obadiah

Our fourth most popular podcast episode comes in the form of a sermon that focuses on the little Old Testament book of Obadiah. This sermon aims to answer one critical question: Why are there are so many injustices in our world? And will God do anything about these injustices? The book of Obadiah addresses a very real and present injustice that the people of Israel experienced in 586 BC. How would God respond? And what does that tell us about the character of God?

#3. The Future of Missions in an Interconnected World

Behind the ideas of Jesus' Economy is the understanding that our world is more interconnected than ever before. And that changes everything about how we share about Jesus and how we alleviate poverty. With the power of modern technology, we could reasonably bring the good news of Jesus to the last unreached people groups in our lifetimes. Here's how.

#2. The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah: Examining Isaiah 53

This popular podcast lecture is based on the research for my book, The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah. Many have stood in awe of the Suffering Servant prophecy in Isaiah 53, either because of its lack of theological precedence or because of its similarities to the life of Jesus. In biblical scholarship, there is much debate about who the servant is, if the servant is resurrected, and the nature of the servant's suffering. I argue that Isaiah 53 undoubtedly shows resurrection and is a prophecy about Jesus' vicarious suffering on our behalf. Interpreting Isaiah 53 can also teach us three steps for personal Bible study.

#1. How Do I Obtain Wisdom? Proverbs 1–2

This sermon on wisdom clocked in at our number one most popular podcast episode of 2019. This talk examined the question that's behind most of the questions pastors receive. How do I obtain wisdom? We're all searching for wisdom, for answers to the difficult situations we encounter week in and week out. But let's be honest: We want answers quickly, as quick as a fast food restaurant stop. Yet wisdom doesn't work that way, according to Proverbs 1–2. It takes time. It is also a choice.

Sneak peak: There are more sermons like this one coming early this year. They will be featured here on the Jesus' Economy in Action blog and on the Jesus' Economy PodcastJoin us in 2020 by subscribing to the Jesus' Economy Podcast on iTunesSpotify, or SoundCloud. And don't forget to also subscribe to the Jesus' Economy in Action blog.

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#6: God Pursues Us with Loyal Love: Psalm 23

Our number six most popular podcast episode is on Psalm 23. And rightfully so, because Psalm 23 captures our imagination as children and does so today. We read it at weddings and funerals alike. Why? Because we all want to be pursued with a love that is beyond comprehension. This is what Psalm 23 keys in on. Listen: "God Pursues Us with Loyal Love: Psalm 23."

Bonus Popular Post: Free Sample Chapters of Jesus' Economy

Another popular post of 2019 was the release of free chapters of the book, Jesus' Economy. You can still get those free sample chapters here.

 

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The story of God and his people has profound implications for our lives and our calling. We are part of this story. The book of Isaiah retells this story and, in doing so, offers a prophecy about Jesus. Over 500 years before Jesus, we learn of a servant that will take up Israel's call and suffer, die, and rise on our behalf. We also learn what our calling means.

In this sermon, I expound upon my extensive research for The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah. Isaiah illustrates God's purpose for our lives.

I originally delivered this sermon at The Table, a missional church plant in Bellingham, WA, on May 31, 2015.

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There are words that change your life forever. This is the case for words of love and words of grief. This is the case for a word that inspires us to take up a calling and a word that makes our whole world come crashing down. What is the key to strength and courage when such a word is spoken? Where does our help come from?

In this sermon, I examine Joshua 1 to find the key to strength and courage. This sermon was originally delivered at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA on July 8, 2018.

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In life, events can take a turn and suddenly we're on an unexpected path. We can't see a way forward or backward. Life can feel like an unexpected journey without a map. As Paul the apostle experiences the unexpected in Acts 28, he shows us what it means to really see and hear God.

In this sermon, I examine Acts 28 (the closing chapter of the book of Acts) to illustrate how God works in the unexpected. This sermon was originally delivered at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA on October 14, 2018

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