THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH GOOD MEN...BECOME ONE


The Sons of Solomon is an ecumenical prayer habitus of catholic Christian men worldwide who daily
1. Pray the Psalms in Jesus' name
2. Ponder the Proverbs
3. Carry a bible and crucifix

PRAY THE PSALMS IN JESUS' NAME

Morning Mid-day Vespers Evening
123, 125, 127 124, 129 126, 128 130, 131


Why these psalms?
All the psalms are God's divine proximity.
He wrote them for you to pray.
In Jesus the answer will always be “Yes”.
Start here.

The Psalms of the Diaspora or Psalms of Ascent are the prayers of pilgrims journeying home to the city of God.
Pray them every day for a year with your brethren.
You will see the impact of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your life, church, and community.
The word will not return void.


Jesus is LORD

The name of God is usually translated as LORD (all capital letters) in the Old Testament.
This maintains a tradition present in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament from which the New Testament authors regularly quote.
Therefore, when you find this name in the Psalms, Proverbs, and throughout the Old Testament, remember whose name it is...


“and that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God
the Father” Philippians 2:11
“that if you confess with your mouth that
Jesus is LORD and believe in your heart
that God has raised him from the dead,
you will be saved” Romans 10:9
“No one can say that ‘Jesus is LORD
except by the Holy Spirit” 1 Corinthians 12:3b

Do not be afraid to confess the name of Jesus as the LORD of the Old Testament.

Those who trust in Jesus Christ are like
Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but
abides forever. Psalm 125: 1

He is your God.
He is your Lord.

“Whoever denies the Son does not have
the Father either. He who acknowledges
the Son has the Father also” 1 John 2:23

PONDER THE PROVERBS

God wrote a book about wisdom.
It says those who read it will be wise.
Those who would rather listen to folly, not so much...

How could I start?
Starting in Chapter 10, read one verse a day:

Translate the proverb into your own words.
Carry that thought with you on a piece of paper for a day.
Pray that you might use the thought in a conversation.
Leave the note alone for a week, then read it again and repeat the process.

Whether you consider a chapter, a verse, or a single Hebrew word...get Wisdom


Structure of Proverbs

BOOK 1: GET WISDOM

Proverbs 1– 9
Solomon’s key words and concepts


BOOK 2: THE PROVERBS OF SOLOMON

Proverbs 10-24
“So that your trust may be in Jesus Christ”


BOOK 3: THE BOOK OF HEZEKIAH

Proverbs 25-29
Proverbs of Solomon that Hezekiah’s men copied


BOOK 4: RIDDLES OF AGUR

Proverbs 30
“What is His Son’s name, if you know?”


BOOK 5: A VIRTUOUS WIFE

Proverbs 31
“Her worth is far above rubies”



CARRY A BIBLE AND CRUCIFIX

Let the image of the Perfect Man be your spiritual focus.

It may make you uncomfortable.
You may suffer abuse from an enemy;
You may have to explain it to a friend;
You may meet a fellow Christian when a stranger encourages you.

This discipline doesn’t help us escape the troubles of this dying world, but reminds us of our life in Jesus Christ so we can boldly run our race in faith.

Do I have to do this all the time, even at work?
No. We absolutely reject legalism.

“You are no longer under law,
but under grace” Romans 6:14

This discipline is for your benefit, even as healthy eating and regular exercise benefit your body now.
Pray for wisdom and prudence, then do what is beneficial for your immortal soul.


Additional Discipline

Psalm 119

Read 8 verses of Psalm 119, 3-7 times a day.
Psalm 119 contains the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, each letter having 8 verses.
Meditate on a new letter each day, cycling through the psalm.


Red-Letter Reader

Meditate on one verse of Jesus' words daily
Receive the mind of Christ, as you speak aloud and meditate on the very words our savior spoke while ministering on this earth.



Principles

A Son of Solomon will confess the Three Ecumenical Creeds
A Son of Solomon will pray the prayers God gave us to pray
A Son of Solomon will seek the wisdom that is from above

This is neither doctrinal fellowship nor a communion.
It is a discipline.


THE PATRIARCH PRINCIPLE:

ALL AUTHORITY EXISTS AS GIVEN:
FROM ABOVE

TO BELOW

FOR THE SAKE OF
THOSE FURTHER BELOW STILL.

The Patriarch is the head, the father, the king.
He stands up to lead and leads as long as required of him.
He does not rule with an iron fist but according to the godly example of kingship set forth by his LORD and King.
His task is to lead and govern, to care for and support his brothers, because someone must.

Do you feel yourself unworthy to be a Patriarch?
Are you a father? You are a Patriarch.
Are you a husband? You are a Head.
Are you a man? You are a King.

PATRIARCHY is the extension of God’s vocations of father and king.
Within any gathering of catholic Christians there must be a head.
There must be one to guide, to bear responsibilities, to ensure good order.
There must and will be a Patriarch.

So man up.
Build a brotherhood with those around you.
Encourage your brothers with the words of life.
Support one another in times of trouble and rejoice together in times of joy.
If God has blessed you with Christian brotherhood, share it.
If not, a noble task is before you: PRAY


DUTIES OF A MAN

HALLOW GOD’S NAME

REFLECT HIS KING

WALK WITH HIS FATHER


DUTIES OF A KING

SAVE HIS PEOPLE

SACRIFICE HIS WORDS

RESIST HIS TEMPTATIONS

OWN HIS FORGIVENESS


You are the Patriarch,
until there is another.

There must always be one.

Dead men cannot die.


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