Posts with the category “wisdom-wednesday”

Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on February 20th, 2024
Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves;...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on February 13th, 2024
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to y...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on February 6th, 2024
“Who is this that obscures my plans    with words without knowledge?Brace yourself like a man;    I will question you,    and you shall answer me.“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?    Tell me, if you understand.Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!    Who stretched a measuring line across it?On what were its footings set,    or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on January 30th, 2024
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on January 23rd, 2024
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.Proverbs 11:2Do you remember arguing with a parent or a teacher about something, only to find out later that you were wrong. It’s not a nice feeling, particularly if others were watching. It’s something I've experienced too many times. But what if the disgrace isn’t the worst part? Maybe it’s that I rejected an opportunity to gr...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on January 16th, 2024
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.Proverbs 12:26It’s a strange thought. Choosing your friends. But we do don’t we? We have a choice and there aren’t many more important choices than who we surround ourselves with. I wish I had understood this wisdom sooner. For much of my life, I surrounded myself with people who led me astray rather than clo...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on January 9th, 2024
As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.Proverbs 26:11Are you a New Year’s Resolution person? Have you already failed? Hopefully you haven’t! No doubt you made some great commitments. Exercise more, spend more time with people you love, (hopefully) read the Bible/pray more.If you are anything like me, New Years Resolutions often take the form of starting something or doing more ...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on November 22nd, 2023
Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat do eggs and ice have in common? Both favourites of Youth Leaders to illustrate the Trinity. The truth is that no illustration from our world can truly captur...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on November 21st, 2023
“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:“‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance;we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on November 14th, 2023
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.Matthew 5:27-29Has there ever been a time so diff...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on November 7th, 2023
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but whoever hates correction is stupid.Proverbs 12:1I wasn’t disciplined much as a kid. It was the 80’s. Which came after the 60’s & 70’s (profound hey). But what that meant was my parents brought a hippy flavour into their parenting. The kid will find his own way. Well, I nearly didn’t.Because I suffered/suffer from a dangerous flaw. I thought I knew it al...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on October 31st, 2023
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Proverbs 12:18I just finished reading a long article about ‘cancel culture’. Did the proverbs writer foresee twitter, facebook or reddit when he prophetically spoke these words? No. But, he didn’t need to. Sin has always found words a particularly effective way of causing pain. Social media has just exponential...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on October 24th, 2023
Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6One of the greatest lies that our culture ever told was that a godly existence = condemned to a boring vanilla life. To think that you might only ever have sex with one person or no person. Or that you wouldn’t enjoy the pleasures of drug exp...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on October 17th, 2023
Is not wisdom found among the aged?Does not long life bring understanding?Job 12:12One of the great signs that a civilisation has lost the plot - is when it starts to ignore older people’s wisdom. Have you noticed this? There’s been a shift in where wisdom can be found. It’s not in old people but in the young. Think of Greta Thunberg.Or maybe it’s not about old/young. It’s about profile. Isn’t it ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on September 19th, 2023
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.Colossians 4:2-5I was around 23 when a new guy visited the church I was att...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on September 12th, 2023
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20We had a family friend growing up. He was a successful businessman. He had just built a really big house in Austinmer. He had a bun...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on September 5th, 2023
God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. 2 Chronicles 1:11-12The pursuit of wisdom is one that God is pleased to rewa...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on August 29th, 2023
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.1 Peter 2:11It’s another night at home and an opportunity to relax. We switch on the TV and watch the latest series. And so begins another episode of the war in my heart. A war on several fronts.The first is my desire for escapism. How nice is it to just switch off? To just be enter...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on August 22nd, 2023
Better the little that the righteous have    than the wealth of many wicked;for the power of the wicked will be broken,    but the Lord upholds the righteous.Psalm 37:16-17I want you to read the passage above again. Go on.Do you believe it? In this, I think many of us struggle.I know because when I watch shows like Grand Designs or The Block, I love the process but I also want the house. Can you r...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on August 15th, 2023
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”James 4:13-15It really is remarkable to th...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on August 8th, 2023
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5How do you get wisdom? I reckon most people think wisdom comes from a broad range of experiences. For instance, these days, travelling the world is one of the keys to wisdom. But you know what, I’m not convinced. I’ve met plenty of people who are really well trav...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on August 1st, 2023
My son, if sinful men entice you,do not give in to them.Proverbs 1:10I was invited to a wine tasting night at a friend's house. 20 unbelieving blokes, expensive bottles of wine, not much food and one lone Christian. For me, a recipe for sin. It’s not aggressive - they never chanted ‘drink’ or forced wine down my throat. But I wanted to do what they were doing. Have you experienced something like t...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on July 25th, 2023
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7I reckon one thing that most people want is to be wise (or maybe at least to be seen as wise). How do you become wise? Well, what does our world say? A few things maybe:i) Wisdom comes from experiences - the wisest people are those who have travelled the most, engaged with the most cultures an...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on July 18th, 2023
Then he (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”Luke 12:15Isn’t greed ugly? We don’t like it when we see it. Whether it’s the bonus the CEO gets paid, or the profit a company makes, or just that person at the party who takes more food than they should. Greed is ugly.But so rarely are we brave enough to loo...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on July 11th, 2023
Start children off on the way they should go,and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6Every Wednesday, we turn our ear to wisdom. As a parent, I'm constantly feeling out of my depth. Raising kids and particularly raising kids to trust in Jesus feels overwhelming in this culture. But the consequences if we don’t are far more overwhelming.The wise writer reminds us. Childr...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on July 4th, 2023
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.Galatians 6:9-10I was having a conversation with a mate about family. He was surprised to hear me say that I don’t think we need to be friends with our family. Like ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on June 27th, 2023
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:31-32Friendships can be one of the most enriching experiences in life and one of the most heartbreaking. Conflict is a normal part of any relationship and friendships usually have their ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on June 6th, 2023
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 1 Corinthians 9:19Why do people make friends? It’s not a question we think about much. It just happens right? First, through family friends, then through school or sports, and so on.I think it’s fair to say that most people make friends because it’s natural (God created us to be relational) a...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on May 30th, 2023
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11Last Wednesday we began a discussion about friendship. In this digital, global, high-paced and stressful age, true friendship has never felt harder to find or maintain. But what does the Bible say about friendship? And specifically for today, what does it say about who we should be friends wi...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on May 23rd, 2023
  Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart,          and the pleasantness of a friend          springs from their heartfelt advice. Proverbs 27:9Making and maintaining friendships must be one of the most important and yet hardest parts of life. Particularly as you get older and as responsibilities pile up. And our cultural situation hasn’t helped. As many have noted - we have lots of connections...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on May 16th, 2023
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30Two weeks ago, we considered the wisdom of sleep. Sleep is crucial to good rest. But rest is not all about sleep.Here is our question today. Why sho...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on May 9th, 2023
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6Where do we find wisdom? Who can we trust? This has become a complicated question today.For instance, thirty years ago most people would say you can trust the news. But now, we don’t because there’s too many contradictory reports and we th...  Read More
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Theology Thursday
by Tim Canosa on May 3rd, 2023
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.John 10:27-29Before Easter we left something unfinished and I don’t like unfinished things. On Thursdays, we were working through TULIP, a...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on May 2nd, 2023
In peace I will lie down and sleep,    for you alone, Lord,    make me dwell in safety.Psalm 4:8How do you go with sleep?For many of us, we have grown up hearing that 7 or 8 hour of sleep is the goal and that good sleep is crucial to a good life.But I’m not here to talk about a lack of sleep related to lifestyle or health factors but rather to stress and anxiety.Most of us can remember one of thes...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on March 28th, 2023
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor    amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.Proverbs 28:8Nearly 50% of Aussies invest in the stock market. If you include superannuation funds - it would be approximately 95%.How about you? Do you invest in stocks? Or would you?On the one hand, Christians might say that investing is wise and a good way for people to ge...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on March 21st, 2023
So God created mankind in his own image,    in the image of God he created them;    male and female he created them.God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”Genesis 1:27-28We are talking ethics and morality in the modern world ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on March 14th, 2023
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves.Romans 13:1-2We are a week or so away from a state election and I don’t ...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on March 7th, 2023
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”Acts 10:1-3If you have spent any time defending the Ch...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on February 28th, 2023
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.Judges 21:25A few weeks ago the ABC asked people a question, “Should we bring back the Tasmanian Tiger?” What do you reckon?It’s an amazing question for one because it means we are no longer asking - can we bring back the Tasmanian Tiger. But as responders to the ABC article show, this new technology raises some ethical questions. To p...  Read More
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Wisdom Wednesday
by Tim Canosa on February 21st, 2023
Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfil his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.1 Corinthians 7:1-3The ethics of sex have never been more confused. ...  Read More
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