100 Days in Proverbs

Way back in 2003 we spent a season looking at themes in Proverbs. In preparation for that series I looked at every verse in Proverbs and assigned it to one or more categories. Then I sorted them by topic and picked a number of topics to preach. It was fun, and it was one of the earliest sermon series I did that really made an impression on me and a measurable change in my life. So I’ve decided to preach those topics again. The messages will be new, or at least refreshed, but I’m praying that the timeless wisdom of Proverbs will come through even stronger.

A more recent innovation in my preaching is what I’ve called the “hundred days” series. When studying a Biblical book too big to preach every verse, like Psalms, Ezekiel, or Isaiah, I’ve encouraged all of us to read the whole text during the roughly 100 days of the sermon series.

I want to up the ante this fall. I’m asking you you to read Proverbs three times. Some of you may have done this often, since it has been common to read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the date. For example, Proverbs chapter 1 on September 1st, Proverbs chapter 2 on the 2nd, etc. Then start over in October and November.

Here’s the preaching plan. It’s a little more detailed than usual, because I’ve been able to include all the references to the verees from Proverbs that will (probably) be preached for each sermon.

Date: September 2, 2018
Title: The Lord’s Purpose Prevails
Text: Proverbs 19:21 and others
Worship Theme: Almighty, Most Holy God
Key Sentence: The God of Proverbs is the sovereign creator who watches the hearts of men.
Other R eferences:
Sovereign: Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 16:4, Proverbs 16:33, Proverbs 20:24, Proverbs 21:30-31, Proverbs 30:1-4.
Creator: Proverbs 22:2, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 17:5, Proverbs 20:12, Proverbs 29:13.
Heart Watcher: Proverbs 17:3, Proverbs 15:11, Proverbs 20:27, Proverbs 15:3, Proverbs 24:11-12.
Judge: Proverbs 16:4-5, Proverbs 11:20, Proverbs 21:12, Proverbs 29:26, Proverbs 22:22-23,

Date: September 9, 2018
Title: The Blessings of Righteousness
Text: Proverbs 11:5 and others
Worship Theme: His Righteousness and Ours
Key Sentence: The wise pursue happiness by pursuing righteousness.
Other References:
The Law of Consequences: Proverbs 11:5; Proverbs 11:19;
Proverbs 26:27; Proverbs 27:12; Proverbs 29:6.
The Outcome of Righteousness:
Proverbs 12:28, Proverbs 13:25, Proverbs 10:24, Proverbs 10:29, Proverbs 12:3.
The Way of Righteousness: Proverbs 18:10, Proverbs 22:5, Proverbs 15:29,
Proverbs 14:22, Proverbs 21:21.

Date: September 16, 2018
Title: The Heart of Proverbs
Text: Proverbs 27:19 and others
Worship Theme: Create in Me a Clean Heart
Key Sentence: My heart inclines toward pride and deception;
Teach me, Lord, the wisdom of humility and fear.
Other References:
The Diagnosis of the Heart: Proverbs 27:19, Proverbs 20:9, Proverbs 16:5, Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 21:4, Proverbs 12:20, Proverbs 26:23-25,
Proverbs 19:3.
The Prescription for the Heart: Proverbs 23:12, Proverbs 23:15-21,
Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 18:12, Proverbs 28:14,

Date: September 23, 2018
Title: The Care of the Heart
Text: Proverbs 17:22 and others
Worship Theme: The One Who Cares for Our Hearts
Key Sentence: The family of Christ is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the heart.
Other References:
The church is full of heavy hearts: Proverbs 14:13, Proverbs 14:10, Proverbs 18:14, Proverbs 17:22.
We need to learn to discern heavy hearts: Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 10:28, Proverbs 13:12, Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 15:15.
We need to learn to help heavy hearts: Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 18:13, Proverbs 27:9, Proverbs 25:20, Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 13:12, Proverbs 15:30, Proverbs 25:25

Date: September 30, 2018
Title: The Good Fear
Text: Proverbs 14:2 and others
Worship Theme: The Fear of the Lord
Key Sentence: Like sunlight for a seed, so is the fear of the Lord for a soul.
Other References:
Fear of the Lord leads away from evil: Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 10:27, Proverbs 14:2, Proverbs 28:14, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6.
Fear of the Lord leads toward knowledge and blessing: Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 2:1-5, Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 19:23.
Fear of the Lord leads to trust in the Lord: Proverbs 29:25, Proverbs 22:19, Proverbs 16:20, Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 28:25-26,

Date: October 7, 2018
Title: Relationship Blessers and Stressers
Text: Proverbs 15:17
Worship Theme: A Loving Father
Key Sentence: The character you cultivate determines the quality of your relationships.
Other References: (key text) Proverbs 15:17
Cultivate Character in the Family: Proverbs 11:29, Proverbs 27:8, Proverbs 30:21-23, Proverbs 19:13-14, Proverbs 12:4, Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 23:15-16
Carry Character into the Community: Proverbs 28:20, Proverbs 27:10, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 18:24, Proverbs 27:17, Proverbs 27:14, Proverbs 11:16-17

Date: October 14, 2018 (GUEST PREACHER – vacation day)
Title: “Honor the Lord with your Wealth”
Text: Proverbs 3:9 and others
I’d really like someone to preach this but it can be preacher’s choice
Other References:
Righteousness First: Proverbs 11:4, Proverbs 11:28, Proverbs 13:22, Proverbs 28:6
Generosity Next: Proverbs 3:9-10, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:9, Proverbs 22:16
Balance the Rest: Proverbs 23:4-5, Proverbs 13:11, Proverbs 11:15, Proverbs 22:7,
Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 27:23-27, Proverbs 30:7-9

Date: October 21, 2018 (GUEST PREACHER – vacation day)
Title: Listen to Discipline,
Text: Proverbs 16:20 and others
Other References:
Receiving Discipline: Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 15:31-32, Proverbs 29:1, Proverbs 16:20
Giving Discipline: Proverbs 25:12, Proverbs 27:5-6, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 29:17

OR Title: Anger and its Alternatives
Text: Proverbs 19:11 and others
Other References:
Angry People and their Behavior: Proverbs 26:21, Proverbs 29:22, Proverbs 19:19, Proverbs 26:17, Proverbs 30:33, Proverbs 27:15-16, Proverbs 21:9, Proverbs 17:1
Alternatives to Anger: Proverbs 12:16, Proverbs 29:11, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 17:14, Proverbs 14:29-30, Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 16:32, Proverbs 19:11

OR substitute preachers’s choice

Date: October 28, 2018
Title: Diligence is a Virtue
Text: Proverbs 12:24 and others
Worship Theme: The Diligence of the Lord
Key Sentence: Diligence is a virtue to be cultivated and sloth a vice to be avoided.
Other References:
Outcome: Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 10:4-5, Proverbs 12:11, Proverbs 28:19, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 15:19.
Attitudes: Proverbs 6:6-8, Proverbs 6:9-11, Proverbs 20:13, Proverbs 14:23, Proverbs 16:26, Proverbs 19:24, Proverbs 21:5, Proverbs 22:13, Proverbs 24:27,

OR, if nobody has preached it yet
Title: Listen to Discipline,
Text: Proverbs 16:20 and others
Worship Theme: A Compassionate and Gracious God
Key Sentence: The one best qualified to give discipline is the one who will receive it.
Other References:
Receiving Discipline: Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 15:31-32, Proverbs 29:1, Proverbs 16:20.
Giving Discipline: Proverbs 25:12, Proverbs 27:5-6, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 29:17.

Date: November 4, 2018
Title: The Tongue’s Prayer
Text: Proverbs 18:21 and others
Worship Theme: The Word of God
Key Sentence: Calling on God for just a few communication skills can give you a healing tongue.
Other References:
The Power of the Tongue: Proverbs 18:20-21. Say Little: Proverbs 10:19, Proverbs 18:13, Proverbs 29:20, Proverbs 17:27, Proverbs 17:9, Proverbs 11:12, Proverbs 25:9-10.
Speak Truthfully: Proverbs 12:19, Proverbs 14:25, Proverbs 24:26, Proverbs 26:28, Proverbs 20:15.
Speak Helpfully: Proverbs 12:18-19, Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 25:15, Proverbs 15:23, Proverbs 25:11-12.

Date: November 11, 2018
Title: Compassion Counts
Text: Proverbs 21:13 and others
Worship Theme: A Compassionate and Gracious God
Key Sentence: We can’t allow skepticism, indifference or selfishness to rob us of the blessings of compassion
Other References:
The Oppressor: Proverbs 22:22, Proverbs 22:16, Proverbs 21:13, Proverbs 28:3, Proverbs 17:5.
The Alternative: Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 14:21, Proverbs 11:26, Proverbs 28:27, Proverbs 29:7.
The Blessing: Proverbs 31:8-9, Proverbs 29:14, Proverbs 11:25, Proverbs 31:10, 20, Proverbs 19:17, Proverbs 22:9.

Date: November 18, 2018
A thanksgiving message

Date: November 25 to December 30, seven messages, Christmas series
(starting Luke, spanning 1:1 – 2:38 over these seven messages, then continuing in Luke as the spring series (last preached in 1997!)

Storehouse by The Gray Havens

Storehouse by The Gray Havens
(p) 2018 Artist Garden Entertainment
Storehouse is the most recent single from The Gray Havens’ upcoming album release, She Waits.
Produced by Ben Shive at BeeHive Studios, Nashville, TN

I do not own the rights to this video. Please support the artists by purchasing the song or the upcoming album.

All video copyright 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. Filmed in Fayette County, TX August 4-9, 2018 using a DJI Mavic Pro drone.

Heart Prep for Sunday, August 5th, 2018

The text this week is Philippians 4:4-7 and the main idea is that anxiety can supernaturally become peace when we rejoice in the Lord. The worship theme is that joy and rejoicing in Jesus, and the visual theme is still water, representing peace.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180805 Heart Prep

Is He Worthy

Worship set
Rejoice the Lord is King

Break Forth in Joy (lyrics in comments)

Joy of the Lord

Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

Lay Your Burden Down

Praise You in this Storm

To God Be the Glory – Hymn #66

Scripture for Meditation

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Romans 3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2-3 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Heart Prep for Sunday, July 29th, 2018

The texts this week show how Jesus mourned over Jerusalem despite its hostility toward him. We’ll be learning how to substitute grief for anger. The worship focuses on Christ’s compassion for us, and the visual theme is “Spring Rain,” how water (representing tears) brings life.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180729 Heart Prep


Rejoice – Dustin Kensrue

Mighty to Save

Second Chances

Like a River Glorious

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Draw Me Nearer

Did Christ Over Sinners Weep?

Closing Worship:
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture for Meditation

James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.

Ephesians 4:26-27 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Luke 19:41-44 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

2 Corinthians 12:21 I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

Latest Harvey Response Update – July 2018

July saw four more good sized teams working in five or six homes in our area. It’s exciting to see God bring beauty from ashes. Here’s the latest update video:

If you’d like to hear the song that’s playing in the background, and see more footage of Liz’s house, here’s the lyric video:

We Labor unto Glory – The Porter’s Gate – Lyrics

We Labor Unto Glory
By Craig Harris and Isaac Wardell
Vocals: Liz Vice, Madison, Cunningham, Josh Garrels
© 2017 Hymns From the Porter’s Gate (ASCAP). All rights reserved.

I do not own the rights to the music. Please support the artists by buying the song or the excellent album “Work Songs.”

Video © 2018 by Robert J. DeGray. All Rights Reserved
Filmed in Dickinson, Texas with EFCA Reach Global volunteers from Connecticut, Maryland and Staten Island, New York.

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ReachGlobal Crisis Response

Heart Prep for Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

The message this week grows out of Mark 14:36, where we see that even Jesus the Son of God was submitted to God the Father. Our worship theme will pick up on the sovereignty of God and our visual theme will represent our submission to him, kneeling at the cross.

Here is the link to the YouTube Playlist: 180722 Heart Prep

Great and Mighty

Lion and the Lamb

God is In Control

Psalm 145:1-13 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2  Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. . . . 8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Proverbs 16:9 In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Psalm 103:8-13 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Good, Good Father


Build Your Kingdom Here

Irrational Season by Audrey Assad

Closing Song:
Sovereign Over Us

Heart Prep for Sunday, July 15th, 2018

The text this week is Philippians 2:3-11, which teaches us that humility is a deep other-centeredness, and lifts up the example of the humility of Jesus. The worship theme is “He Humbled Himself for Us,” and the visual theme is the salmon, which struggles upstream and lay’s down its life not for its own sake, but for the sake of its offspring.

Here is the link to the YouTube play list: 180715 Heart Prep

Is He Worthy


All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Glorious is Thy Name

Look Ye Saints

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.

13“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

Philippians 2:5-11 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Majesty (Here I Am)

Let Me Be Humble

I Shall Not Want


This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)

Heart Prep for Sunday, July 8th, 2018

The text this week is 2nd Corinthians 8:1-15, where the Apostle Paul teaches us the joy of generosity. Worship will focus on giving thanks to a generous God, and the visual theme will be Banias, the spring and waterfall where the Jordan river wells us at the foot of Mount Hermon.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180708 Heart Prep

(Responsive Scripture, Psalm 136)
Leader: Psalm Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: Give thanks to the God of gods.
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: Give thanks to the Lord of lords
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: To him who alone does great wonders
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: Who by his understanding made the heavens
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: Who spread out the earth upon the waters
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: Who made the great lights
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: The sun to govern the day
People: His love endures forever.
Leader: The moon and stars to govern the night

Give Thanks to the Lord (Forever)

Come Thou Fount

Psalm 28:6-7 Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

 Psalm 105:1-3 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 2Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 3Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

What a Beautiful Name

Lord, I Need You

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness

Closing Worship:
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Bonus Music: (Just added to Trinity’s YouTube Channel)
Over Jordan – TheTalbot Brothers


Heart Prep for Sunday, July 1st, 2018

The text this week is Romans 5:1-5, where Paul grounds our hope in the work of Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It’s also a communion Sunday, so the worship theme is “My Hope is Built” (on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.) The visual theme will be hiking trails, in recognition that the path to hope calls for endurance.

Here is the link to the YouTube playlist: 180701 Heart Prep


Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

Therefore the Redeemed

Give to the Wind Thy Fears

Be Still My Soul– Hymn #535

In the Night

Communion Meditation
My Hope is Built (The Solid Rock) – Hymn #404
Also, we won’t be doing it as part of worship, but I love this version of the same text:

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Scripture for Meditation (Salvation is the Foundation of our Hope)

Romans 1:16-23 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Romans 2:14-15 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.

Romans 3:20-24 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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