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Every Word Matters

Every Word Matters“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” – Matthew 12:36 In the fairy tale The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a young shepherd boy is tasked with watching the sheep and protecting them from predators. But one day, he gets bored and decides to spice things up. He goes to the town square, rings the bell, and cries, “Wolf! Wolf!” All the villagers scramble out with […]

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and StonesBut no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. – James 3:8 How many of you remember the old phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Is that true? If there’s anything we’ve learned thus far, it’s that words have the power to move mountains, so it gives us pause to reconsider the truth of this childhood phrase. I don’t know about you, but being called […]

A Spoonful of Sugar

A Spoonful of SugarPleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24 Mary Poppins said it best. “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” To find such simple and powerful wisdom in a Hollywood picture these days is rare. The power to heal is in the medicine, but the power to get you to take it is in the sugar. One application of this deals with the power of kind words. “A gentle […]

I Think I Can!

I Think I Can!If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9 Many of you are familiar with the classic children’s story, “The Little Engine That Could.” It’s a tale about a little train engine who, through the power of belief (“I think I can. I think I can.”), pulls an unbelievable load up a mountainside. It has endured for over a century because so […]

The Power of the Tongue

The Power of the TongueDeath and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21 A formidable power dwells within each of us. This power has changed the course of nations. It is capable of starting and ending wars. And it has made men rich and women famous. It has the means to commend or corrupt—to bless or to blame. It is the power of the tongue. God greatly desires for us to use […]

Justice Like Jesse Owens

Justice Like Jesse OwensNazi soldiers lined the streets. There were enough of them to send chills down the spines of those they deemed unfit to be called human. But not enough to prevent the gathering of athletes from a myriad of countries to take part in the largest global athletic competition, the Olympics. The year was 1936. Despite rigid segregation in the United States, a black American stood on German soil as our country’s best representative to aim for three gold medals. By […]

Our Foundation in America

Our Foundation in AmericaNo man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 3:11 A while ago, a crack appeared in the Evans’ bedroom wall. We called in a professional who replaced the plaster around the crack and repainted the wall. But the crack reappeared not long after that. We called the man back, and he repaired the crack and repainted the wall again.          Everything looked fine until about a couple months later […]

Maturity Involves Development

Maturity Involves DevelopmentGrow up into Him…from whom the whole body…according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:16 When a baby matures, its body parts develop, grow, and work together. Babies move from milk to solid food. The writer of Hebrews compared this development to that of a Christian: “Everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is […]

Maturity Based on Relationship

Maturity Based on RelationshipBe on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. –  Peter 3:17-18 Spiritual maturity is facilitated by spiritual relationship. Peter said we have two choices: to go forward or to go backward. But what we can’t do is stand still. […]

Maturity Is a Process

Maturity Is a ProcessHe who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6 God’s goal for all of us is Christlikeness, or spiritual maturity. When He saved you, He put everything necessary for this process inside you. But maturity takes time. Growing up and becoming a spiritual adult is a process, not a single event. Attaining spiritual adulthood is the process of God training us to consistently live from the perspective of the Spirit […]