by Steve Wagers

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Matters That Matter (1 of 5)
Series: Proven Precepts from Proverbs
Steve N. Wagers
March 29, 2006

Sermon Outline
1. Foolish Matters!
A) What He Becomes Inwardly
B) How He Behaves Outwardly
2. Friendship Matters!
A) The Friend We Should Seek to Portray
B) The Friend We Should Seek to Possess
3. Financial Matters!
A) The Bondage of Ownership
B) The Blessing of Stewardship

I came across some most interesting and most enlightening ancient proverbs.

(Chinese Proverbs)
Men trip not on mountains they trip on molehills.
Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep.
Small men think they are small; great men never know they are great.
When a finger points at the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.
A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections.

(African Proverbs)
Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
There are 40 kinds of lunacy, but only one kind of common sense.

(American Proverbs)
He that marries for money will earn it.
If you desire many things, many things will be seemed but a few.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
You cannot unscramble eggs.
You have to kiss a lot of toads before you find a handsome prince.

I think of the old conversation between the puppy and the old dog. The puppy said, "I have mastered philosophy. I have learned that the best thing for a dog is happiness, and that happiness is my tail. Therefore I am chasing it; and when I catch it, I shall have it!"

The old dog replied, "I, too, have judged that happiness is a marvelous thing for a dog, and that happiness indeed resides in my tail. But I've noticed that when I chase it, it keeps running away from me and I never get it; but when I go about my business, it follows after me."

The book of Proverbs is not a book of pithy maxims, or catchy sayings strung together willy-nilly. Rather, it is a book filled with the wisdom of God given through a man wh ...

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