Rev Steve DeNeff - Proverbs 4:20-23; 23:19-21. "There is a pattern that emerges early in the life of the wise: they know to navigate desire. They do not let their impulses carry them away. Using discipline and restraint, like oars to steer a raft, wise people keep themselves out of currents that would carry them away. The fool pursues them recklessly (note the metaphor for temptation in 7:6-27). He is uninhibited, loud and defiant in his pursuit of pleasure. He can do what he wants but soon enough he won’t like what he gets. In this sermon we’ll explore how temptation works, like subtle currents that carry us away, and give practical wisdom on how to mind the oars so we can avoid trouble ahead."
September 25, 2016