Watch Out for Mouse Traps and Mouth Traps (4 of 5) by Steve Wagers

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Watch Out for Mouse Traps and Mouth Traps (4 of 5)
Series: Proven Precepts from Proverbs
Steve N. Wagers
April 26, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. We Must Watch Out for Where We Step!
A) The Selfish Ways We Should Denounce
B) The Sovereign Ways We Should Desire
2. We Must Watch Out in What We Say!
A) The Power our Words Contain
1. The Beauty of a Gracious Word
2. The Burden of a Grievous Word
B) The Problems our Words Create

A parrot was in a pet shop with a string attached to each leg when a man walked in looking to buy a pet. A shopkeeper came over and started to try and sell him a dog when the man noticed the parrot. He asked what the strings were for and the shopkeeper replied, "Well, if you pull the right string the parrot says, 'Polly wanna cracker'. If you pull the left string it says, 'my name's Sam' ". The man being of the inquisitive nature, couldn't resist, so he asked what would happen if he pulled both strings, the parrot piped up, "I'd fall off the perch you idiot!!!"

I read the other day of 11 people who were hanging onto a rope dangling from a helicopter. Ten were men and one was a woman. They all decided that one person should get off because if someone didn't, the rope would break and everyone would die.

No one could decide who would go, so finally the woman gave a really touching speech, saying she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to sacrifice for their husbands and children, giving to men, and not receiving anything in return. When she finished speaking all the men applauded.

The book of Proverbs is filled with road signs and traffic lights to help us to be on the look-out, and watch out for the traps of life. In fact, as we embark on tonight's study, Solomon has 2 traps in mind. He admonishes us to watch out for mouse traps and mouth traps.

1. We Must Watch Out for WHERE We STEP!

No less than 105 times Solomon uses the word "ways" to serve as a caution to watch out for wher ...

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