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July 2015 Pastor's letter
Dear Fellow Followers of Jesus:
The Old Testament Book of Proverbs is full of wise sayings and truth. Proverbs 1:1-7 states, �The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth�Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.�
The Bible gives us some important things to think about in the Book of Proverbs. Folly is contrasted with wisdom. Fools do not want to learn anything useful and they would rather not be instructed about the things of God especially.
Wisdom is a key word throughout the entire Book of Proverbs. Wisdom and instruction are worth learning for everyone, especially for Christians. Words of insight and instruction in wise dealing are important to Christians still today. As Christians we want to increase in learning and understand the words of the wise.
A phrase in Proverbs 1 used over and over again throughout Proverbs states, �The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.� The fear of the Lord is not being terrified of God in our everyday living. The fear of the Lord is having a healthy respect and awe of God each day. In Martin Luther�s Small Catechism the fear of the Lord is used in the meanings to each of the Ten Commandments. The meaning of the First Commandment is: �We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.� The meanings of the rest of the commandments begin with the words, �We should fear and love God, so that �.�
We are not saved by our wisdom or our fear and love of God. We daily fail to fear and love God as we should. God forgives us out of His mercy and love for the sake of Jesus. Because of that great mercy and love in Jesus, who suffered, died, and arose to forgive us of all of our sins, we fear the Lord with awe and respect and trust in Jesus as our only Savior from sin. Real wisdom and understanding for Christians involves God�s wisdom in sending Jesus, His One and Only Son, to rescue us from the foolishness of our many sins. We worship God because of all that He does and will do for us thanks to Jesus� saving work in our place.

In Jesus Christ�s Service,
Pastor Richard Milbrandt

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