It is the beginning of another week, and our typical practice is to begin to look forward to next Sunday, but…

I am not quite ready to move on from last Sunday.  If you missed it, be sure to check it out on YouTube.  It was great to hear about Monarch’s Way and hear from the girls that call Monarch’s Way home.  I appreciated the music and the personal connection Gerald had with Monarch’s Way and I appreciated the “Tending the Body” time where the prayer time was centered the girls of Monarch’s Way and that ministry.  It was a good Sunday at Marion Mennonite.  I appreciate Jenn Hanson’s effort to connect us with the ministry at Monarch’s Way and coordinating their visit to Marion Mennonite.  I also want to say thank you to our congregation who has supported Monarch’s Way for the past several months. 

This week we will continue our Proverbs study.  One thing I have noticed in our culture is that folks are quick to become outraged or offended.  I am seeing that trend creep its way into the church.  While there is no shortage of things to be outraged about, it seems we often choose some insignificant things to become outraged or offended. 

What can Proverbs teach us about wisdom and allowing God to shape our perspective?  I invite you to sit with three verses from Proverbs 18…

17 The one who first states a case seems right,

until the other comes and cross-examines.

13 If one gives answer before hearing,

    it is folly and shame.

2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,

    but only in expressing personal opinion.

Do you have close friendships with people that think differently than you? 

Do you have conversations to broaden your perspective or to communicate your thoughts and views?

Are you frustrated by people who think differently than you?

What groups of people did Jesus avoid? 

Let’s talk about it on Sunday…

~ Pastor Dustin