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Wisdom
Sep 08, 2021
Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by the depths of a person’s character. Just as you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act.
 
Think about this. We have so many supposed geniuses that are so “intelligent”, yet they deny the existence of God and believe the earth just formed out of nothing… Look at Romans 1:19-25 where it talks about them "professing to be wise but they became fools for rejecting God."
1 Corinthians 1:20 says man’s wisdom is foolishness to God. Chapter 2 says God’s wisdom is foolishness to man. Man’s wisdom comes from reason, while God’s wisdom come from revelation.
Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and knowledge of the holy is understanding”
 
James tells us in this passage that there are two sources of wisdom, and we need to be discerning as to where our wisdom comes from.
One type of wisdom comes from God, is pleasing to Him, and good for our lives. And we’ll talk about that second. But the first type of wisdom he speaks of here is worldly wisdom. It does not come from God but instead from the devil. It is not good for our lives and can cause a lot of damage if we listen to it.
 
(Read James 3:13-16)
WORLDLY WISDOM (vs 13-16)
  •  Is from the devil, it comes from hell
  •  It seems right to men and women (Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a person, but it’s end is the way of death”
  •   It is a common thing for people to think they know everything, Satan loves to get people to question God’s word and rely on their own thinking… Genesis 3 (Did God really say don’t eat from the tree? You won’t die, your eyes will be opened and you’ll have knowledge)
  • Worldly wisdom views life from a limited perspective. It looks at the immediate impact—what is best for self-advancement and self-pleasure now. This is dangerous and motivated by self-centered ambition.
  • A wisdom of the world measures everything by how it affects you.
  • “What’s best for me?” is the world’s wisdom
-The world tells us to climb the ladder, achieve your dreams, assert yourselves, promote yourselves, advance yourself, it is all about you… Meanwhile, Jesus tells us to DENY OURSELVES, PUT OTHERS ABOVE OURSELVES, SERVE OTHERS
  • Self-centered ambition is the heart of worldly wisdom and the Bible tells us it is demonic and from Satan
  • Vs 16 says where selfish ambition and jealousy are, there is disorder and every evil thing
 
(Read James 3:17-18
GODLY WISDOM (vs 17-18)
  • Godly wisdom comes from heaven
  • Godly wisdom produces humility
  • For followers of Christ our goal is to bring God glory (which means place Him above every other thing in our lives and on this earth),
-the way we do that is by following Him, and making His name known to everyone (sharing about who He is and why we need Him)
  •  From this passage we learned that the way we bring glory to Him is by seeking Godly wisdom and not worldly wisdom… so how do we do that?
  • You don’t get this wisdom from intellectual efforts or practical experience as much as you get it from being with God. A Godly wisdom sees things from an eternal perspective that can only come from God.
  • Example: we love sports, but does that game really matter in the grand scheme of things. Our goal if we are player or coach should be to make the name of Jesus known to everyone.
 
1.      The first step is receiving Christ as our savior: Jesus Christ is our wisdom- Colossians 2:3 Jesus Christ “In whom all treasures and knowledge are hidden”.
We will not see the need in Godly wisdom if we have not trusted Christ to save us from the wrath to come. That wrath is hell, created for the devil and his demons, but people will go there bc they reject God and say they don’t need Him.
 
2.     The Word of God is also our wisdom- Deut. 4:5-6 “behold I have taught you statutes and judgements…Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations” 
 
 2 Tim 3:15 says the scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation.
 
3.     We find wisdom in Prayer- James 1:5 says we find wisdom through believing prayer. “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God.”
 
Proverbs 2:1-8 speaks about this as well, about us crying out and asking God for His wisdom.
 
Worldly wisdom says, I got this, I’m gonna do me, this seems best for me, it is all self-centered.
 
Godly wisdom says, let me search the scriptures, God I need your help, I want to do what pleases you, please change my mind and perspective if I am seeing this wrong.
 
Jarod

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Surrounded By Brokenness
Sep 02, 2021
“And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore, love truth and peace. Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.’ Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
Zechariah 8:18-23
 
Dear Church,
 
There are times when our lives are surrounded by brokenness, a history of hurts, and difficult seasons. The Jewish people fasted in the fourth, the fifth, the seventh, and the tenth month to commemorate times of brokenness and difficult seasons. However, look at the hope that the good news of God brings! He promises to transform their fasting to feasting. He promises that instead of sorrow, they will experience satisfaction in the Lord. Instead of grief there will be gladness. Instead of sadness there will be joy! The encouragement of the prophet to the people of God is to love truth and peace. Of course, the prophet is ultimately prophesying about the coming of Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the one that brings peace, in fact, it is His peace He gives to us according to the gospel of John.
 
How do we know this is about Jesus? The Lord, in His grace, is reminding His people that the promise that was given to Abraham, that every nation will be blessed through the seed of Abraham, is about to be fulfilled. The return to Jerusalem in this text is setting up the birth of Jesus, the coming Messiah! Listen to the promise of God, “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall come even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts'.” He goes on to describe “many peoples” and “strong nations” and explains that they will “take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying ‘Let us go with you.’” This picture is that Jesus came first to the Jew then to the Gentile. It’s what Paul is thinking about as he writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). This is good news: Christ has come for everyone!
 
Today, the Lord Jesus has given us the opportunity to celebrate His grace! He has provided for us an opportunity to love truth and peace in Jesus Christ! He is wanting to transform your tragedies into triumphant moments for the glory of God! He is allowing us to have peace in difficult times, because we know the truth of His word and the power of His presence! To the family of Woodmont Baptist Church – stay faithful, there is a wonderful banquet ahead! Stay alert – the enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy! Stay near the Shepherd – He leads us down paths of righteousness for His name’s sake! Be encouraged – There are “many people” and “many strong nations” that are enduring for the name of Jesus right now! Be prayerful – may God bless His people, and may we remain united in Him!
 
You Are Loved,
 
Chad Hess

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Lite Brite
Aug 24, 2021
"Lite Brite" 
 
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 
 
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14 - 16 
 
Woodmont Kids ministry has chosen the theme "Lite Brite" for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Our purpose is to have scripture that drives us for the year as our ministry equips parents and volunteers to point children to Jesus. Obviously as you search scripture the theme of light and darkness is traced from the beginning to end. Our three key verses for the year have been chosen to coincide with Woodmont as a family of faith on mission. 
 
As a Family - Psalm 119:105 - The Word of God as a light and a lamp. We've chosen this verse to drive the way we interact with families as we prioritize Bible skills and Bible memorization. We partner with parents by giving them tools and resources to disciple their children according to Deuteronomy 6. 
 
Through Faith - John 8:12 - As Woodmont exists to make disciples of all nations the primary purpose behind everything we do is disciple making. We pray that children will be drawn to the Lord Jesus by grace through faith. We hope they will follow Jesus and walk in light for all of their days. 
 
On Mission - Matthew 5:14-16 - In all we do, we encourage children and families to be mission minded so that others might see the good deeds and give glory to their Father in heaven. 
 
Please pray for all of our parents, kids, and volunteers as we work to make this year intentional and full of light!
 
Joyfully, 
 
Hope Murphy

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I Speak Jesus
Aug 18, 2021
I have a favorite song right now. It is “I Speak Jesus” by Darlene Zschech and Here Be Lions. The chorus is “Your name is power. Your name is healing. Your name is life. Break every stronghold. Shine through the shadows. Burn like a fire.” Pretty powerful, huh? You know the name of Jesus IS powerful because the one who answers to that name is powerful.  There have been times in my life and I am sure in your life too that just speaking the name of Jesus brought peace and comfort. Other times speaking the name Jesus brought me courage and strength. There are many verses in the Bible that refer to the name of Jesus and its power.
 
Jeremiah 10:6 ESV
There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might.
 
Proverbs 18:10 ESV
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
 
John 14:13 ESV
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
 
Luke 10:17 ESV
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!
 
Romans 10:13 ESV
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
 
Acts 4:12 ESV
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
 
If you find yourself struggling this week, remember we can call on the name of Jesus and find strength, comfort, healing and the greatest gift of all, salvation.
 
“His name is power, His name is healing, His name is Life”
 
LaSondra Hatton
Personal Ministries Assistant

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A Seat at the Table
Aug 03, 2021
A Seat at the Table”
By Kelly Leffel, wife of Ryan Leffel, Woodmont’s Worship Pastor
 
Our family recently had the privilege of attending Hope Heals Camp for the first time. What is Hope Heals Camp? It is “a week-long experience and year-round community of over 2,000 friends who are choosing to show up to their good/hard stories each day.” Special needs individuals, families living with disability and countless volunteers attend camp. This amazing concept was birthed from tragedy in the life of the Wolf family when Katherine, a wife and young mom, suffered a near-fatal brainstem stroke that left her severely disabled. This also left her husband Jay to care for his wife and young son. Yet, that wasn’t the end of the journey…God is writing a beautiful new story for their family, and fortunately they have chosen to come along side other families living with disability. Precious volunteers are invited to step into our world and serve the disabled and their families. Hope Heals believes, “the best ministry is mutual, and the strongest communities blur the lines between who is serving and who is being served”. Encouragement, blessing, rest and HOPE are found within the Hope Heals community.
 
I wish I could go into more detail about what Hope Heals Camp means, but honestly words won’t do it justice, and truthfully, I’m still attempting to digest all that was poured into me and presented to our family. However, if I had to give a description it would be this…a taste of Heaven. The Luke 14 Banquet was just that, a glimpse of Heaven. What is a Luke 14 Banquet you ask? I doubt I can adequately describe its beauty and significance, but here it goes.
 
Camp is in session from Monday afternoon until Friday morning, with the highlight being Thursday evening at the Luke 14 banquet. The banquet is based off of the Parable of the Great Banquet found in Luke 14:12-24. Picture a camp style dining hall transformed with flowers and lights and flowers and table settings and more flowers, every detail considered and lavishly planned for the guests. A delicious meal where dessert is served first because we shouldn’t wait to celebrate! Under each plate is a word such as loved, seen, chosen and cherished…all descriptions of God’s feelings toward His children. Add in hundreds of people…young, old, disabled, healthy, weak, rich, poor… all those created in the image of God. And finally, imagine hearts that have a connection with one another, a connection of suffering, trial, loss, BUT also hearts filled with love, joy and the HOPE of Jesus. Again, a small taste of Heaven.
 
A seat at the table for everyone is at the forefront of Hope Heals Camp. And of course for a family like ours that is a true blessing, because let’s be honest, the world isn’t really made for those who are disabled. (But please let me say that you, Woodmont Baptist Church, have done an amazing job welcoming Harrison…meeting his needs and loving him. Hope Murphy and her team have always made it possible for Harrison to be included and for that we are grateful!) But back to “a seat at the table”. What if I/we approached sought out those who are tired, frustrated, different than us, walking thru a hard time, etc. and invited them to join us? What if we looked past our differences and saw that all those created in the image of God needed to hear His good news, especially in their suffering? What if we chose to serve others, even when it doesn’t make sense? What if we chose to give more of our time and resources to bless someone else? What if we chose to look someone in the eye and deeply connect with them in their suffering? What if we share the good/hard stories that God is writing in our own lives with those who need to hear it? “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” -Luke 14:23
 
For more information about this ministry visit www.hopeheals.com

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