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Speech #6—Self-Preserving Speech

Laying aside falsehood, speak truth, to one another, for we are members of one another. … Let no rotten word proceed from your mouth, but only what is good for building up the person in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:25 & 29 God has so constructed the Body … Continue reading

Speech #5—Justifying Speech

The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Good people out of their good treasure bring forth what is good; and evil people out of their evil treasure bring forth what is evil. … By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. Matthew 12:34–37 When we … Continue reading

Speech #4—Guarded Speech

I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue. I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle, while the wicked are in my presence. Psalm 39:1 “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.” This aphorism is as true in the context of our relationship with God, as it is in … Continue reading

Speech #3—Good Days

If you desire a long life so that you may see more of God’s good works in it, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Psalm 34:12–13 Dad’s aphorism, “It doesn’t matter so much what you say, but how you say it,” is only partially true. What we say matters. It … Continue reading

Speech #2—Wisdom and Justice

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and speaks justice. The law of their God is in their heart; so their steps do not slip. Psalm 37:30–31 We are righteous as we commit our futures to all that God is for us in Jesus—delighting in him as the one who secures God’s blessing and teaches … Continue reading

Servants #1—Merciful Servants

God designed us to be stewards of his grace who serve one another in his name. Since we are all difficult to serve, we need to be motivated. Moving beyond ourselves, out of our comfort zones and into the messy details of one another’s lives takes great confidence that we will have the physical and … Continue reading

Comfort #8—Comforted Praise

The Eternal has comforted his people. He has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations so all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:9–10 On a hill far away, on an old, rugged cross, you comforted me, O God. Contrary to expectations, you rolled … Continue reading

Comfort #7—Perceptive Comfort

When the Comforter comes, he will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. John 16:8–11 When we … Continue reading

Comfort #6—Transferable Comfort

Blessed be the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our adversity, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any adversity with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 God is worthy of our praise because he works for our perseverance by … Continue reading

Comfort #5—Comforting Words

Remember the promise to your servant, in which you made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your word has preserved me. … I have remembered your rules of old, O Eternal, and they comfort me. Psalm 119:49–52 No matter what anyone says, or how painful the accusation, or untrue the charge, … Continue reading