Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast

I want to share with you the story of a beautiful young woman named Lauryn Lax.  She is a doctor and nutritionist.  Her mission is to help people struggling with eating disorders and similar issues. 

 

I’ll pick up her story several years ago when she was in her 20s.  She was a fitness fanatic.  She fixated on her weight.  She worked out at the local YMCA every day for hours at a time.  She ate little to nothing.

 

Her friends at the gym took note of the remarkable intensity and consistency of her workouts.  She was growing alarmingly slender.  They began to worry about her well-being.

 

They decided that they would intervene.  One morning they agreed to get to the gym parking lot before daylight.  They saw her park her car.  They converged around it.

 

What they did not know is that Lauryn had prayed that morning for help.  When she weighed herself at 4 am, she tipped the scales at 79 pounds.  She knew it wasn’t healthy.  These friends were to be the answer to her prayers.

 

They gently and lovingly insisted that she go to the hospital.  She resisted at first but reluctantly yielded to them.  Upon examination, doctors discovered that her heart rate was in the 30s.  She was in ICU for 3 days then the cardiac unit for 3 weeks.  For a while it looked like she might have to have a pace maker installed due to heart damage from the anorexia. 

 

But God was gracious.  For a year she worked her way back to a healthier place.  She pursued her studies with a new zeal and vision to help others.  She now has a story of help and healing that is benefitting others. 

 

She attributes the positive turn in her life to these friends.  She calls them her “angels.”  They loved her enough to confront her—painful though it must have been for all involved.  She was blessed to have friends like these that risked their own comfort to confront Lauryn.  We all need friends like these and we need to be friends like these.

 

God’s word calls us to this kind of friendship.  Proverbs 27:5-6 says, “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.”

 

In this message we will learn that faithful wounds hurt, help, and, ultimately, heal.

 

Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Days

“Faithful Wounds”

 

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” (Proverbs 27:5-6).

 

  1. Faithful wounds hurt
    1. The affection behind the wounds
    2. The aim beyond the wounds
  2. Faithful wounds help
    1. Promises of help
    2. Protection from harm
  3. Faithful wounds heal
Direct download: IBC_20170924.mp3
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Proverbios: La sabiduría antigua para los tiempos modernos

 

Proverbios 27:5-6

¡Una reprensión sincera, es mejor que amar en secreto! Las heridas de un amigo sincero  son mejores que muchos besos de un enemigo.

 

“Correcciones”

 

 

  1. Correcciones que lastiman

 

  1. Correcciones que ayudan

 

  1. Correcciones que sanan

 

Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20170924.mp3
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Nitroglycerin is a fascinating product.  It is a liquid compound.  It can kill or it can heal.

 

It is a primary component of dynamite and explosives.  Alfred Nobel used it in the creation of dynamite and armaments. 

 

At the same time, nitroglycerin can heal.  Doctors discovered that it is a vasodilator.  It is used to dilate the vascular system and is used for heart conditions.  Heart patients can ingest a pill and the effect can be life-saving.

 

That’s crazy isn’t it?  The same thing can either kill or heal.

 

The tongue is like that.  Proverbs 18:21 makes this truth clear: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

 

Over 150 times Proverbs refers to our lips, our mouth, and our tongue.        Proverbs may have more to say about our words than about any other subject.  It gives us God’s counsel on communication--His wisdom for our words. 

 

Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Days

“Wisdom for Our Words”

 

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21).

 

  1. Power of our words
    1. Words have an amazing power
    2. Words have an ambiguous power
  2. Parameters for our words
    1. Let’s curtail our words
    2. Let’s clean up our words
  3. Possibilities of our words
    1. Words can cure
    2. Words can cheer
    3. Words can correct
Direct download: IBC_20170917.mp3
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Proverbios: La sabiduría antigua para los tiempos modernos

"Sabiduría en nuestras palabras"

 

" La vida y la muerte dependen de la lengua;

los que hablan mucho sufrirán las consecuencias.”

(Proverbios 18:21).

 

  1. El poder de nuestras palabras
  2. Las palabras tienen un poder asombroso
  3. Las palabras tienen un poder ambiguo

 

  1. Los parámetros de nuestras palabras
  2. Vamos a limitar nuestras palabras
  3. Vamos a limpiar nuestras palabras

 

  1. Las posibilidades de nuestras palabras
  2. Las palabras pueden curar
  3. Las palabras pueden corregir
Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20170917.mp3
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Once there was a frog who made friends with a flock of Canadian geese.  He dreamed of flying with them to exotic locations.  He came up with an idea.  He told a pair of the geese that if they would each hold an end of a stick in their beaks, he could hold onto it with his mouth and he could go with them when they flew south for the winter.

 

Sure enough, two of his geese friends held a stick in their beaks and he jumped up and clamped onto the stick with his mouth.  Off the odd trio flew.  All was going well until they flew over a farmer in his field.  He looked up and saw the geese and the frog suspended by the stick.  He whistled and with admiration said, “Well, look at that.  That’s amazing!  A flying frog.  Whose idea was that?”

 

The frog said proudly, “It was miiiinnnnnneeeeeeeeeeeee.”  Splat.

 

All was going well until pride caused his downfall.

 

Pride has caused the fall of many more besides.  Today’s message is: “The Peril of Pride.”  We are in a series of messages entitled, “Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Days.”  In its wisdom, Proverbs has much to say about pride—and none of it especially good.

 

Proverbs 29:23 says, “One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”  Another translation, the New American Bible (revised edition), puts it this way, “Haughtiness brings humiliation, but the humble of spirit acquire honor.”

 

In the NAB translation, there are four key words: haughtiness, humiliation, humble (or humility) and honor.  I want to use those four words as the hooks upon which we will hang our thoughts for our message today.

 

Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Days

“The Price of Pride”

 

“One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor” (Proverbs 29:23).

 

  1. Haughtiness

Haughtiness brings humiliation, but the humble of spirit acquire honor.”

  1. Humiliation

“Haughtiness brings humiliation, but the humble of spirit acquire honor.”

  1. Humility

“Haughtiness brings humiliation, but the humble of spirit acquire honor.”

  1. Honor

“Haughtiness brings humiliation, but the humble of spirit acquire honor.

Direct download: IBC_20170910.mp3
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Proverbios: Sabiduría antigua para los tiempos modernos

 

"El precio de la soberbia"

 

"La soberbia termina en humillación, mientras que la humildad trae honra

(Proverbios 29:23)

 

  1. La Soberbia

"La soberbia termina en humillación, mientras que la humildad trae honra”

 

  1. La Humillación

"La soberbia termina en humillación, mientras que la humildad trae honra”

 

  1. La Humildad

"La soberbia termina en humillación, mientras que la humildad trae honra”

 

  1. La Honra

"La soberbia termina en humillación, mientras que la humildad trae honra”

 

Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20170910.mp3
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Ray Raney, Adm. Pastor

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