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Themes in Proverbs: Friends and Friendship

Importance of Friendships

  • Friendship and good relationships with others were very important to the sages.
  • A good friend is as valuable in tough times as a close relative such as a brother (17:17). 
  • 27:9–10 suggests that friends are sometimes more valuable than relatives during hard times, especially if a friend is closer at hand (Tremper Longman III, Proverbs, 555–556). 

Choose Friends Carefully

  • A friend’s character affects your own:

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17, NIV)

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (Prov. 13:20, NIV)

  • Good friends help you improve:

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice. (Prov. 27:9, NIV)

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. (Prov. 27:5–6, NIV)

  • Harmful friends drag you down:

    • Pleasure-seekers

Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. (Prov. 23:20–21, NIV)

A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father. (Prov. 28:7, NIV)

    • Angry and Rebellious People

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared. (Prov. 22:24–25, NIV)

Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials, for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring? (Prov. 24:21–22, NIV)

    • Thieves and Fools

The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies; they are put under oath and dare not testify. (Prov. 29:24, NIV)

Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. (Prov. 14:7, NIV)

    • Immoral and Sinful People

A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. (Prov. 29:3, NIV)

Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. (Prov. 24:1–2, NIV)

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. …my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; (Prov. 1:10, 15, NIV)

Be True to Your Friends

  • Support them in their need:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. (Prov. 17:17, NIV)

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Prov. 18:24, NIV)

Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. (Prov. 27:10)

  • Keep their confidence:

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. (Prov. 17:9, NIV)

A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. (Prov. 16:28, NIV)

  • Show them respect and courtesy:

If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. (Prov. 27:14, NIV)

Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, "I was only joking!" (Prov. 26:18–19, NIV)

Beware of Insincere Friends

Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts. The poor are shunned by all their relatives-- how much more do their friends avoid them! Though the poor pursue them with pleading, they are nowhere to be found. (Prov. 19:6–7, NIV)

Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. (Prov. 19:4, NIV)

The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. (Prov. 14:20, NIV)

Don’t Guarantee a Friend’s Debts

One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. (Prov. 17:18, NIV)

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go-- to the point of exhaustion-- and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler. (Prov. 6:1–5)

[Outline adapted from Donald Orthner, Wellsprings of Life: Understanding Proverbs, 130–133]

“Joseph, Despised and Sold” (Genesis 37:12–36)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, September 18, 2016

Genesis 37:12–36 (NIV) 

12 Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem, 13 and Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” 
“Very well,” he replied. 
14 So he said to him, “Go and see if all is well with your brothers and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.” Then he sent him off from the Valley of Hebron. 
When Joseph arrived at Shechem, 15 a man found him wandering around in the fields and asked him, “What are you looking for?” 
16 He replied, “I’m looking for my brothers. Can you tell me where they are grazing their flocks?” 
17 “They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.’” 
So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. 18 But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. 
19 “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. 20 “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” 
21 When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. “Let’s not take his life,” he said. 22 “Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the wilderness, but don’t lay a hand on him.” Reuben said this to rescue him from them and take him back to his father. 
23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing—24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it. 
25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. 
26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. 
28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. 
29 When Reuben returned to the cistern and saw that Joseph was not there, he tore his clothes. 30 He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I turn now?” 
31 Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.” 
33 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.” 
34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him. 
36 Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. 

  • Jacob sends Joseph, his favored son, to spy on/check on his brothers (12-17)
    • The Mission (12-14)
    • The Detour (15-17)

  • Joseph, the despised one, is threatened with violence by his brothers (18-24)
    • The original scheme: murder and cover-up (18-20)
      • The motive: hatred and jealousy
      • The method: kill, throw into a cistern, blame on wild animal
      • The end-game: destroy the dreamer and his dreams
    • The double agent: Reuben tries to alter their plan so he can later rescue him (21-22)
      • The method: don’t kill; throw him into a dry cistern
      • The end-game: rescue and return to his father Jacob
      • The motive: Brotherly compassion? Earn standing and favor with his father because of past misdeeds (35:22)?
    • The revised scheme: throw into a cistern (23-24)
      • The method: strip ornate robe, throw into a dry cistern
      • The end-game: Torment and release? Left to die? Wait and see?

  • Joseph, the despised one, is sold by his brothers as a common slave in exchange for money (25-30).
    • The opportunistic scheme: sell as a slave for money (25-28)
      • The opportunity: Ishmaelite traders on way to Egypt (25)
      • The opportunistic scheme: don’t kill, sell as a slave (26-27)
        • The motive: no profit in killing; profit in selling 
        • The method: sell for 20 shekels of silver to Ishmaelites who were going to Egypt
        • The end-game: get rid of Joseph and make a profit-double bonus
    • The reaction of the double-agent: Reuben is angry and despondent (29-30)

  • Jacob loses Joseph, his favored son, because of the hatred, jealousy, and deception of Joseph’s brothers (31-36).
    • The Ruse (31-32)
      • The method: deceive their father into thinking Joseph was killed by a wild animal
      • The motive: absolve themselves of responsibility for Joseph’s disappearance in the eyes of their father
    • The Response (33-35)
      • Jacob sees the evidence and assumes the worst.
      • Jacob responds with mourning and sorrow.
      • Jacob’s intense sorrow and depression reveals his over-attachment to his son.
    • The Reality (36)
      • Joseph is not dead, but has been sold as a slave to an Egyptian official.
      • The final verse of the scene hints at more to come.

“O God, You Are My God” (Psalm 63)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, September 18, 2016

Psalm 63 (NIV) 

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. 

1 You, God, are my God, 
earnestly I seek you; 
I thirst for you, 
my whole being longs for you, 
in a dry and parched land 
where there is no water. 
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary 
and beheld your power and your glory. 
3 Because your love is better than life, 
my lips will glorify you. 
4 I will praise you as long as I live, 
and in your name I will lift up my hands. 
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; 
with singing lips my mouth will praise you. 
6 On my bed I remember you; 
I think of you through the watches of the night. 
7 Because you are my help, 
I sing in the shadow of your wings. 
8 I cling to you; 
your right hand upholds me. 
9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; 
they will go down to the depths of the earth. 
10 They will be given over to the sword 
and become food for jackals. 
11 But the king will rejoice in God; 
all who swear by God will glory in him, 
while the mouths of liars will be silenced. 

Main Idea: When the trials of life overwhelm us, we must run to God. 

1. When the trials of life overwhelm us, we must long for God with all of our hearts.

2. When the trials of life come, we must trust God for protection and deliverance.

3. When the trials of life come, we must joyfully anticipate the good that God has intended to accomplish with the trial.


Themes in Proverbs: Planning for the Future

Outline drawn from Tremper Longman III, Proverbs, Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 557–558.

Having a Goal in Mind

  • Planning requires a goal.
  • A strategy is needed to reach the goal.
  • Planning involves the imagination.
  • To be a successful planner, one must understand what it takes to reach a goal.
  • A good planner must anticipate obstacles on the way and devise alternatives to reach the goal or perhaps even alter the goal.
  • To plan well requires wisdom, a skill of living that knows how to navigate life.

Benefits of Wise Planning

  • A number of proverbs make it clear that the sages knew the value of planning.
  • Wise planning will be successful and lead to great benefits.
  • “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” (Prov. 21:5, NIV).
  • Wise planning leads to great confidence in the future (ex: noble woman, 31:25).
  • Those who plan wisely receive “covenant love” and “faithfulness.” 

Wise vs. foolish planning

  • Wise planning seeks advice from other wise people.
  • Yet the counsel of others is only helpful if the advice is coming from those who are wise.
  • Examples of Bad counselors: Amnon and Jonadab (2 Samuel 13); Rehoboam and his “young” counselors (1 Kings 12).
  • Wise planning also has a virtuous goal and will only utilize strategies that are fair and honest (12:5a). 

God’s Plans and our Plans

  • The most important aspect of wise planning is awareness that one’s plans are ultimately at the service of God’s superseding purpose. 

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. (Prov. 16:1, NIV)

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (Prov. 16:3, NIV)

The LORD works out everything to its proper end-- even the wicked for a day of disaster. (Prov. 16:4, NIV)

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. (Prov. 16:9, NIV)

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. (Prov. 16:33, NIV)

Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21, NIV)

A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? (Prov. 20:24, NIV)

  • People cannot be absolutely certain that they know the way the future will pan out. 
  • In spite of their planning, they must be ready to implement changes if God so wills. 

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Prov. 27:1, NIV)

Daniel the Wise Planner

  • A good example of wise planning is Daniel (Ch. 1).
  • Daniel wants to eat differently than the king desires, consuming vegetables and water instead of the rich food and wine of the king. 
  • His plans lead him to request the chief official, Ashpenaz, to substitute the former for the latter, but Ashpenaz refuses out of fear of Nebuchadnezzar. 
  • Daniel does not panic but rather devises an alternate plan. He privately approaches the unnamed servant who actually brings the food to him and his three friends and asks him to make the substitution. 
  • He proposes a ten-day trial period, and if the four Israelites grow weak and tired looking—what Ashpenaz feared—they would go back on the rich-food menu. The underling agrees, and Daniel reaches his desired goal.

Foolish Planning

  • Proverbs does not talk only about wise planning; it also contrasts it with foolish planning. 
  • God condemns foolish plans. 

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:     …a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, (Prov. 6:16, 18, NIV)

The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight. (Prov. 15:26, NIV)

  • They are characterized as fraudulent.

…the advice of the wicked is deceitful. (Prov. 12:5b, NIV)

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil (Prov. 12:20a, NIV)

  • Those who plan in such a way will not succeed but will wander aimlessly.

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. (Prov. 14:22, NIV)

“Joseph, the Dreamer” (Genesis 37:1–11)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, September 11, 2016

Genesis 37:1–11 (NIV) 

37 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 
2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. 
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them. 
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. 
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind. 

1. Favoritism that Fuels a Family Feud (1–4)
a. Jacob was in the right place (1).
b. But Jacob was not leading his family the right way (2–4).
i. Jacob’s unwise choices resulted in ongoing family tension (2).
ii. Jacob’s favoritism of Joseph was foolish, and it fueled an internal family feud that caused Joseph to be hated and alienated by his brothers.

2. Dreams that Disclose Destinies (5–11).
a. Broken but not useless…

b. Divinely given dreams…

c. Despised dreams…

d. Deliberated upon dreams…

Main Idea: In our selfishness and shortsightedness, we act in foolish ways that create tension and hatred and cause people to be despised. But God is not hindered by our foolishness. God is not bound to use only those who come from healthy families or those who are well-liked by everyone. No, in his grace and wisdom God is often pleased to call into his service the castaways, the rejected, and the despised for his purposes. 

“Worship the Almighty, Holy God” (Psalm 95)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, September 11, 2016

Psalm 95 (NIV) 

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; 
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving 
and extol him with music and song. 

3 For the Lord is the great God, 
the great King above all gods. 
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, 
and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
5 The sea is his, for he made it, 
and his hands formed the dry land. 

6 Come, let us bow down in worship, 
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; 
7 for he is our God 
and we are the people of his pasture, 
the flock under his care. 

Today, if only you would hear his voice, 
8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,  
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, 
9 where your ancestors tested me; 
they tried me, though they had seen what I did. 
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation; 
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, 
and they have not known my ways.’ 
11 So I declared on oath in my anger, 
‘They shall never enter my rest.’” 

1. Rejoicing (1–5)

2. Reverence (6–7a)

3. Response (7b–11)

Main Idea: True worship of God demands rejoicing, reverence, and a response of faith and obedience.

Worship is not only the bending of the knee; it is also the bending of the will before our sovereign God.


Opening Up Proverbs

A study by Jim Newheiser


“The Wise Woman” Chapter 13


  • Which women are worthy of honor?


  • What kind of woman does God honor?
    • Wisdom in the home
    • There is more to Proverbs 31 than meets the eye


  • Search for a woman of excellence (vv. 1-3, 10-12)
    • Listen to your mother (vv. 1-2)
    • The wrong kind of woman will ruin you (v. 3)
    • An excellent wife will contribute to your success (v. 10)
    • She is trustworthy (v. 11a)
    • She is an asset (vv. 11b-12)
    • She enhances your standing in the community (v. 23)


  • An excellent wife will help you in many ways (vv. 13-27)
    • She is home-centered (v. 27)
    • She is diligent (vv. 13-14a, 17, 19, 21-22)
    • She brings beauty and quality into her home (vv. 14, 21-22)
    • She is a responsible administrator (vv. 11, 14-16, 21, 25, 27a)
    • She is wise in her speech (v. 26)


  • The excellent wife will be richly rewarded (vv. 28-31)
    • Her glory is in the home (vv. 28-29)
    • Her beauty is unfading (v. 30)
    • The secret of her success is that she fears God (v. 30b)
    • God will reward her


  • Conclusion
    • Ladies: aspire to be a woman of excellence
    • Husbands: encourage your excellent wife
    • Single Men: seek a woman of excellence
    • Christ is our virtue

“Hospitality and the Truth” (3 John)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, September 4, 2016

3 John (NIV) 

1 The elder, 
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth. 
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. 
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. 
13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. 
Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name. 

1. Gaius: A spiritually healthy person lives and loves the truth. (1–8).

2. Diotrephes: A spiritually diseased person is a hindrance to the truth, because their own self-interest gets in the way (9–11).

3. Demetrius: A spiritually healthy person has a good reputation and is faithful to the truth (12).

Main Idea: A spiritually healthy Christian who loves the truth will seek to advance it by providing hospitality and help to its messengers.


Opening Up Proverbs

A study by Jim Newheiser


“Wisdom for Leaders” Chapter 12


  • A manual for leadership


  • A wise leader reflects God’s holy character:
    • Righteous
    • Not greedy
    • Not enslaved to substance abuse
    • Not given to sexual immorality or unfaithfulness
    • Has personal integrity
    • Fears God
    • Earnestly seeks wisdom
    • Governs (leads) justly
    • Protects the rights of the righteous and shows compassion to the helpless
    • Has an impact on people


  • Act wisely towards those in authority over you


  • Jesus Christ is the ideal King.


“Isaac’s other Son” (Genesis 36)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, August 28, 2016

Genesis 36:1–43 (NIV) 

36 This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom). 
2 Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite—3 also Basemath daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebaioth. 
4 Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, Basemath bore Reuel, 5 and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the sons of Esau, who were born to him in Canaan. 
6 Esau took his wives and sons and daughters and all the members of his household, as well as his livestock and all his other animals and all the goods he had acquired in Canaan, and moved to a land some distance from his brother Jacob. 7 Their possessions were too great for them to remain together; the land where they were staying could not support them both because of their livestock. 8 So Esau (that is, Edom) settled in the hill country of Seir. 
9 This is the account of the family line of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir. 
10 These are the names of Esau’s sons: 
Eliphaz, the son of Esau’s wife Adah, and Reuel, the son of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
11 The sons of Eliphaz: 
Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz. 
12 Esau’s son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Adah. 
13 The sons of Reuel: 
Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
14 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau: 
Jeush, Jalam and Korah. 
15 These were the chiefs among Esau’s descendants: 
The sons of Eliphaz the firstborn of Esau: 
Chiefs Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16 Korah, Gatam and Amalek. These were the chiefs descended from Eliphaz in Edom; they were grandsons of Adah. 
17 The sons of Esau’s son Reuel: 
Chiefs Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the chiefs descended from Reuel in Edom; they were grandsons of Esau’s wife Basemath. 
18 The sons of Esau’s wife Oholibamah: 
Chiefs Jeush, Jalam and Korah. These were the chiefs descended from Esau’s wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah. 
19 These were the sons of Esau (that is, Edom), and these were their chiefs. 
20 These were the sons of Seir the Horite, who were living in the region: 
Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 21 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These sons of Seir in Edom were Horite chiefs. 
22 The sons of Lotan: 
Hori and Homam. Timna was Lotan’s sister. 
23 The sons of Shobal: 
Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho and Onam. 
24 The sons of Zibeon: 
Aiah and Anah. This is the Anah who discovered the hot springs  in the desert while he was grazing the donkeys of his father Zibeon. 
25 The children of Anah: 
Dishon and Oholibamah daughter of Anah. 
26 The sons of Dishon: 
Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Keran. 
27 The sons of Ezer: 
Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan. 
28 The sons of Dishan: 
Uz and Aran. 
29 These were the Horite chiefs: 
Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, 30 Dishon, Ezer and Dishan. These were the Horite chiefs, according to their divisions, in the land of Seir. 
31 These were the kings who reigned in Edom before any Israelite king reigned: 
32 Bela son of Beor became king of Edom. His city was named Dinhabah. 
33 When Bela died, Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah succeeded him as king. 
34 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him as king. 
35 When Husham died, Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, succeeded him as king. His city was named Avith. 
36 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him as king. 
37 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him as king. 
38 When Shaul died, Baal-Hanan son of Akbor succeeded him as king. 
39 When Baal-Hanan son of Akbor died, Hadad succeeded him as king. His city was named Pau, and his wife’s name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred, the daughter of Me-Zahab. 
40 These were the chiefs descended from Esau, by name, according to their clans and regions: 
Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 41 Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 42 Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 43 Magdiel and Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their settlements in the land they occupied. 
This is the family line of Esau, the father of the Edomites. 

1. God is the Lord of history, and his story involves real events and real people.

2. God is concerned not only with Israel, but also the nations.

3. God is faithful to his promises. 

4. God is sovereign in his gracious choice. 

5. God is gracious not only to his chosen, but also generally to the world.

“Loving the Truth” (2 John)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, August 28, 2016

2 John 

1 The elder, 

To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: 
3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. 
4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 
7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 
12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 
13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings. 

1. Believers must love the truth (1–3).
a. We love the truth when we love its believers (1).
b. We love the truth when we defend its purity (1-2).
c. We love the truth when we remember its source (3).

2. Believers must live the truth (4–6).
a. Live the truth.
b. Live in love.
c. Live in obedience.
d. Living in truth, love, and obedience is not only our duty but is a demonstration that we are genuine children of God.

3. Believers must guard the truth (7–11).
a. In order to guard the truth, we must recognize error (7).
b. In order to guard the truth, we must not embrace error (8-9).
c. In order to guard the truth, we must combat error (10-11).

Main Idea: True believers love, live, and protect God’s truth.


Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser

“Wise Child Training” Chapter 11

Discipline Your Children

  • Why is discipline necessary?
  • God has given the rod of discipline as a tool to remove folly from your child’s heart.
  • Discipline is a test of your love for your child and your trust in God.
  • How to carry out biblical discipline
  • Don’t misuse discipline.
  • Apply both the rod and reproof.

Impart Wisdom to Your Children

  • Teach them.
  • Education takes place in the home.
  • The goal of parental instruction is to shape character.
  • Formal and informal instruction

Children Should Honor Their Parents

  • Embrace discipline and instruction.
  • Honor your parents in their old age.
  • Bring joy to your parents.
  • Honor your parents or else…

Why Are Some Children Wayward?

  • Does wise parenting guarantee wise kids?
  • Why do kids turn out the way they do?


  • Train your children in wisdom.

“Jacob Returns to the House of God” (Genesis 35:1–29)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday PM, August 21, 2016

Genesis 35:1–29 (NIV) 

35 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” 
2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes. 3 Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem. 5 Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them. 
6 Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. 7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother. 
8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died and was buried under the oak outside Bethel. So it was named Allon Bakuth. 
9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him. 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 
11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants. 12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you.” 13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him. 
14 Jacob set up a stone pillar at the place where God had talked with him, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it. 15 Jacob called the place where God had talked with him Bethel.  
16 Then they moved on from Bethel. While they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty. 17 And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” 18 As she breathed her last—for she was dying—she named her son Ben-Oni.  But his father named him Benjamin.  
19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). 20 Over her tomb Jacob set up a pillar, and to this day that pillar marks Rachel’s tomb. 
21 Israel moved on again and pitched his tent beyond Migdal Eder. 22 While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. 
Jacob had twelve sons: 
23 The sons of Leah: 
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob, 
Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. 
24 The sons of Rachel: 
Joseph and Benjamin. 
25 The sons of Rachel’s servant Bilhah: 
Dan and Naphtali. 
26 The sons of Leah’s servant Zilpah: 
Gad and Asher. 
These were the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan Aram. 
27 Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed. 28 Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years. 29 Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him. 

1. Worshiping the one and only holy God (1–7).
a. Worship requires obedience (1, 6–7).
b. Worship demands allegiance and purity (2–5).

2. Honoring those deserving of honor (8).

3. Reaffirming God’s gracious promises (9–15).

4. Blessing in the midst of tragedy (16–20).

5. A house full of sinful sons (21–26).

6. Back home at peace (27–29).

Main Idea: Even though we experience trouble and hardship in this life, those who worship God exclusively and in purity may anticipate enjoying the blessings of God and the peace and rest that God brings to his people.

“Reality, not the Illusion” (1 John 5:13–21)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, August 21, 2016

1 John 5:13–21 (NIV) 
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 

1. Real Faith (13)

2. Confident Prayer (14–15)

3. Compassionate Intercession (16–17)

4. Divine Protection (18–20)

5. Loving Exhortation (21)

Main Idea: May we have a true faith, not an illusion of faith. And may we worship the true and living God, not a fake imitation. 

Opening Up Proverbs
A study by Jim Newheiser

“Wise Words” Chapter 10

Wise Words
  • Words are powerful.
  • Words are limited.
  • Words reveal what is in your heart.
  • Don’t use your speech to destroy.
  • Learn to speak with wisdom.

Destructive Speech
  • Flattery
  • Lies
  • Gossip and Slander
  • Angry speech
  • Quarrelsome speech
  • Perverse speech
  • Proud speech
  • Excessive speech
  • God judges foolish speech.

Wise Speech
  • Exercise self-control.
  • Speak with integrity.
  • Build others up with your words.
  • Develop excellence in your manner of speech
  • God values and rewards wise speech.

  • How can you change your speech?
  • Christ speaks to you.


“Extreme Vengeance” (Genesis 34:1–31)

Pastor Cameron Jungels

Eastside Baptist Church

Sunday PM, August 14, 2016


Genesis 34:1–31 (NIV)

34 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.

Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. Meanwhile,Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.

But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”

11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the young woman as my wife.”

13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing;we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15 We will enter into an agreement with you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16 The we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you. 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”

18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19 The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter. 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city. 21 “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade init; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours. 22 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are. 23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”

24 All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.

25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. 26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled. 28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields. 29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.

30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”

31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”


11. 1.    Incomplete obedience and compromise with the world leads to troublesome consequences down the road.


2.  2.  Self-interested sexual desire is not self-sacrificial love.


3.  3.  Favoritism and unchecked narcissism lead to foolish and disastrous actions.


4.  4.  Passivity in leadership creates a vacuum that is often filled by those not qualified to lead (5, 30–31).


5.  5.  “Justice”accomplished through deception and violent vengeance is not righteous justice.


6.  6.  Jacob’s sons profaned the sign of God’s holy covenant (circumcision) and used it as a ploy in their plot for revenge.


7.  7.  The depth of human selfishness and deception is deep and dark.


8.  8.   In the providence of God, God’s purposes and plans are always fulfilled, even if through the ungodly motives and actions of people.

“Genuine Testimony” (1 John 5:1–12)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, August 14, 2016

1 John 5:1-12
​1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.   12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1. The Genuineness of our Testimony of Spiritual Birth (1–5).

a. The one born of God believes that Jesus is the Messiah (1, 5).
b. The one born of God loves God (1, 2, 3).
c. The one born of God loves God’s children (1, 2).
d. The one born of God keeps God’s commands (2–3).
e. The one born of God overcomes the world through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (5).

2. The Genuineness of Christ’s Testimony as the Son of God (6–12).

a. The Three-fold Witness to the Genuineness of Christ’s Testimony (6–8):
i. The water
ii. The blood
iii. The Spirit

b. The Witness of God the Father to the Genuineness of Christ’s Testimony (9–12).


Opening Up Proverbs

A study by Jim Newheiser


“Financial Wisdom” Chapter 9


Financial Wisdom

Ø The theology of money

Ø Are the wise always wealthy?


A Balanced View of Money

Ø Money can be good.

Ø Money is dangerous.

Ø Godly wisdom is more important than wealth.

Ø Learn the secret of contentment.


Acquiring Money

Ø Work hard.

Ø Don’t compromise your integrity to gain wealth.

Ø Should Christians gamble and play the lottery?


Spending Money

Ø Give generously.

Ø Control your expenditures.

Ø Stay out of debt.

Ø Is it ever legitimate to borrow money?

Ø Don’t make yourself liable for the debt ofothers by co-signing.


Saving Money

Ø Anticipate future expenses.

Ø Accumulate wealth and invest wisely.

Ø Is it wrong to receive interest from others?

Ø Save so you can leave an inheritance to yourchildren.



Ø Make it your goal to be wise, not rich.

Ø You can’t take it with you.

Ø Remember Christ, who paid your debt.


Further Reading

Ø The Total Money Makeover: Classic Editionby Dave Ramsey

Ø Money, Possessions, and Eternity by RandyAlcorn

Ø Christians in an Age of Wealth: A BiblicalTheology of Stewardship by Craig Blomberg

Ø Rethinking Retirement by John Piper

Ø Radical by David Platt


“Jacob and Esau at Peace” (Genesis 33:1–20)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, August 7, 2016

Genesis 33:1–20 (NIV) 

33 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother. 
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. 
Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.” 
6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down. 
8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” 
“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said. 
9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.” 
10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it. 
12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.” 
13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.” 
15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” 
“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.” 
16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth. 
18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel. 

Main Idea: In spite of our fears and failures, God is faithful to his promises, answers prayer, and rescues his people in time of need.

“We Love Because God Loves” (1 John 4:7–21)
Pastor Cameron Jungels
Eastside Baptist Church
Sunday AM, August 7, 2016

1 John 4:7–21 (NIV) 
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 

1. True Believers Love God and People (6–10).

2. There is an inseparable connection between God’s love for us and our love for other people (11–12).

3. There is an inseparable connection between faith in Jesus Christ and love for other people (13–16).

4. There is an inseparable connection between our love for other people and our confidence that we belong to God (17–18).
5. There is no connection whatsoever between love for God and hatred of other people (19–21).

Main Idea: “If God loves us then we will love others, because God’s love for us is transformational and effective, resulting in our love for God and for other people.”


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