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July 10th, 2017

Taming the Tongue

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My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.  Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.  Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.  Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. James 3

Taming the Tongue is a challenge. The apostle James likened it to controlling a powerful horse with a bridle or taming a wildfire. Our ability to do so grows through diligent study, a lifetime of experience, and compassion for those who listen to us. It requires godly insight to be able to offer the right words at the right time. It takes wisdom to know when to speak and when the “sound of silence” is your best response. In a world of bloggers, social media rants, trolls and tirades, it takes the gift of discernment to know what to say and how to say it.  So what are some of  the aspects one must consider when taming the tongue? Here are some videos to give you insight into what God has to say about how and when we should speak.

Be Careful with Your Words — Words Have Power

Your Response to Persecution – Love Your Enemies?

Prepared to Give an Answer – Are you Ready?

A Time to Speak – So What Should We Say?

July 10th, 2017

A Time to Speak – So What Should We Say?

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Walking With God comes with a Responsibility

God’s wisdom tells us that there is a time for everything, a season for silence and a time to speak
As those called by God’s mercy into a relationship with him, we begin a new life of walking with God. We are to live by every word of God. Like the ancient nation of Israel, God advises all who believe in him to choose life — obeying his teachings, and loving his ways. And as parents and grandparents one of those commands is to speak with our children about our walk with God. More

July 2nd, 2017

Prepared to Give an Answer – Are you Ready?

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Be Careful What You Say

Christ, the Lord of our lives, wants us to be prepared to give an answer to others. The Lord is our shelter and sanctuary.  When men ask us questions about our faith, we are to respond as if we were in God’s presence. For, we will have to give account to the Lord for our words. We are his ambassadors. The answer we give is to be an “apologia” — a well reasoned-argument with compelling proof. The Lord is asking us to be prepared to give a logical defence. But there is more to it than an intellectual response.

Be Careful How You Say, What You Say.

When we engage with others in discussing our belief in God and His purpose, we are instructed to do it in a specific way. With godly fear, “phobos,” so as to give an answer that would be approved by God. As Christ’s ambassadors, we must speak respectfully with gentleness. Why? Our goal is to exhibit God’s love for others with our words. So in accordance with our prime directives, our answers should encourage with wholesome words. We are to express love for God and neighbour. Are we prepared to give an answer to everyone?

Who’s the Audience?

As God’s servants, we must not quarrel. Yet, there are those who would like to drag us into foolish speculations, and endless controversies. God advises us to avoid this kind of argumentation. Instead, we are to be gentle, kind, and patient with everyone. We need to understand our audience, their prejudices, attitudes, and motivations. Then, we can answer with wisdom. Different people need different approaches. God is the one who qualifies us to speak on his behalf. He makes us sufficient and prepared to give an answer. One that will be engaging and fresh to those who are truly desirous of knowing more about God and his way of life.

The Work, Our Witness, Your Mission

June 30th, 2017

Be Careful with Your Words — Words Have Power

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taming the tongueWords Have Consequences

“Be careful with your words,” is good advice to many who have found themselves in the midst of a war of words.There can be grave consequences to the careers of media personalities who misspeak in a very public way. And the average social media user can find themselves lambasted or ostracized for their words. But how important is what we say, when it comes to God’s point of view? Jesus, when confronted by the leaders of his day, had this to say, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” What did he mean? More

June 28th, 2017

Your Response to Persecution – Love Your Enemies?

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Our Response to Persecution

Western media seems to be ignoring the plight of Christians. Very little response to persecution is being documented. Yet, in 2016, thousands were killed for their beliefs. In the first century, Jesus’ message was an affront to those in positions of power. He was a stumblingblock to both Jew and Gentile, and he was persecuted and eventually killed. He anticipated that his followers would also suffer persecution, just as he did. So he gave them the encouragement that there was a great reward when one is persecuted for doing what is right. We must consider that God intervened to save Daniel, so he is also able to deliver us. But while we wait for God’s deliverance, how does God want us to react to our enemies? More

June 23rd, 2017

Law of Moses — The Greatest Commandment

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Law of Moses and the “Mega” command

The lawyers of Jesus’ day, experts in the law, wanted to subvert Jesus and his teaching. They asked him what was the “greatest commandment,” the “mega” command in the law of Moses. They came from a perspective of living a life, where one balanced good deeds against bad. They divided the laws into heavy and light ones, giving more weight to some and not the others. Jesus castigated them for “majoring in the minors.” Like many of today’s religious and political elites they were guilty of “straining at the gnat and swallowing the camel.” They missed the essence of the law — the greatest commandment. What is it? More

June 6th, 2017

Pentecost the Law and the Spirit

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Pentecost  Law & Spirit

Many Pentecost Stories

Have you ever noticed this in Luke’s account? In rehearsing the events surrounding Christ’s resurrection, the women came on the first day of the weeks. Have you wondered why the original Greek was plural, week(s). Yet many mistranslations abound, so they miss the significance of this statement. If they knew the law of Moses, they would have realized this was a reference to the beginning of the 50 day count to Pentecost. Looking back into God’s instructions in the law concerning the Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Firstfruits, we find another curious yet meaningful side-note. In the midst of the section about the holy day, there is a specific and seemingly unrelated command. It addressed the needs of the poor and the stranger, the foreigner. And it tied together the story of Ruth with Pentecost the law and the spirit. More