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James 3:6

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

June 2019I have preached a number of sermons over the years on the danger of the tongue. I’ve also heard a number of sermons on gossip – on slander – and on idle conversations. I’ve heard teachings on being positive and not negative with our words. I’ve heard sermons on how words can hurt and how we should consider what we say before we say it. The old saying is so true – put your brain in gear before putting your tongue into action.

We’ve probably all heard this old saying – sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me – yet words do hurt and can cause lasting pain. Verbal abuse is real abuse! Just because the bruises are not visually evident (at times) from verbal abuse doesn’t mean there hasn’t been real injury and real pain.

We should all think before we speak. Another saying about the tongue I’ve read – credited to Abraham Lincoln – goes like this – Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Another quote I posted earlier today is credited to Willie Nelson – goes like this – Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. Continue reading

July 23, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media And The Tongue

James 3:6

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

I have preached a number of sermons over the years on the danger of the tongue. I’ve also heard a number of sermons on gossip – on slander – and on idle conversations. I’ve heard teachings on being positive and not negative with our words. I’ve heard sermons on how words can hurt and how we should consider what we say before we say it. The old saying is so true – put your brain in gear before putting your tongue into action.

We’ve probably all heard this old saying – sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me – yet words do hurt and can cause lasting pain. Verbal abuse is real abuse! Just because the bruises are not visually evident (at times) from verbal abuse doesn’t mean there hasn’t been real injury and real pain.

We should all think before we speak. Another saying about the tongue I’ve read – credited to Abraham Lincoln – goes like this – Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Continue reading

August 15, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Is Social Media The Modern Day Tongue?

James 3:6

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Photo on 7-6-16 at 3.42 PMI remember a number of sermons on the danger of the tongue. I’ve heard sermons on gossip – sermons on slander – sermons on idle conversations. I’ve heard teachings on being positive and not negative. I’ve heard sermons on how words can hurt and how we should consider what we say before we say it.

We’ve probably all heard that old saying – sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never harm me – yet words do hurt and can cause lasting pain. Verbal abuse is real abuse – just because the bruises are not visually evident (at times) doesn’t mean there hasn’t been hurt and pain.

We should all think before we speak. Another saying about the tongue – credited to Abraham Lincoln – goes this way – Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Continue reading

July 26, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Taming Our Tongues!

James 3:8

…but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

IMG_0301My two-year-old granddaughters are really starting to talk – and putting words together in their thought process. It is very neat to hear them communicate with us or with each other. They are starting to talk along with some of their favorite educational programs on TV and on their iPads. Soon they will have little sisters to communicate with as well – and I imagine – with big sisters to help them – their little sisters will be communicating in short order.

Learning to talk is important in our society. A number of baseball players are from Spanish speaking countries these days – and Asian countries as well – and they often use interpreters until they learn to speak English. Learning different languages is important for our children – because not only is the world a place with many languages – so is our country. Learning new languages is going to help our children and grandchildren with an ever-changing world. Continue reading

February 20, 2015 Posted by | Daily Devotion | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holding Our Tongues

Proverbs 10:19

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Pic of Ray 11302014Are there folks in your life that talk too much? Are you one of those people? Some people hid their insecurities by talking – all the time. Some people – and we all know someone like this – seem to be an expert (not) on every subject and will run their mouth showing their ignorance (like Cliff on the TV series Cheers).  We all know people who speak before they think.

Proverbs says that sin is not overcome – ended – by multiplying words. It says that the prudent or wise thing – at times – is to hold our tongues. Holding our tongues can be hard for sure. Have you ever tried it – literally or figuratively? Continue reading

December 11, 2014 Posted by | Advent Thought, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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