Proverbs 22:15-29, Excellent Things


15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;

The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

16He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself

Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

17Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

And apply your mind to my knowledge;

18For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

That they may be ready on your lips.

19So that your trust may be in the Lord,

I have taught you today, even you.

20Have I not written to you excellent things

Of counsels and knowledge,

21To make you know the certainty of the words of truth

That you may correctly answer him who sent you?

22Do not rob the poor because he is poor,

Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

23For the Lord will plead their case

And take the life of those who rob them.

24Do not associate with a man given to anger;

Or go with a hot-tempered man,

25Or you will learn his ways

And find a snare for yourself.

26Do not be among those who give pledges,

Among those who become guarantors for debts.

27If you have nothing with which to pay,

Why should he take your bed from under you?

28Do not move the ancient boundary

Which your fathers have set.

29Do you see a man skilled in his work?

He will stand before kings;

He will not stand before obscure men.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What are the excellent things we have been taught? How could we learn more about the excellent things?

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!