Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church






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Pastor Bill's Reflections

Bill Young

Read: Proverbs 18:1-8, 20-21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. —Proverbs 18:21

Nelson Mandela, who opposed the South African apartheid regime and was imprisoned for almost 3 decades, knew the power of words. He is often quoted today, but while in prison his words could not be quoted for fear of repercussion. A decade after his release he said: “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are, and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”

King Solomon, author of most of the Old Testament book of Proverbs, wrote often about the power of words. He said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). Words have the potential to produce positive or negative consequences (v. 20). They have the power to give life through encouragement and honesty or to crush and kill through lies and gossip. How can we be assured of producing good words that have a positive outcome? The only way is by diligently guarding our hearts: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (4:23 NIV).

James 3:1-12 talks about the power of the tongue to be hurtful or healing and that we as Christians are called to give healing words. Jesus can transform our hearts so that our words can truly be their best—honest, calm, appropriate, healing, and suitable for the situation.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Our words have the power to build up or tear down.

May the Holy Spirit touch us during this Pentecost season,

Pastor Bill


  • Adult Class - 8:30 AM(resumes this Sunday!)
  • Worship - 10 AM (Nursery available for infant and toddlers)
  • Sunday School 10 AM(resumes this Sunday!)
    4 Years - 2nd Grade (Participate in worship through childrens talk, then dismiss to classrooms)
  • Fellowship Time after Worship
  • Youth Choir practice - 11:15 AM


  • Friday, October 9
    G-Force Game Night
    6-8 PM
  • Saturday, October 10
    Church wide clean-up day
    Inside and outside
    Begins at 8:00 AM
  • Saturday, October 17
    Out of Darkness Walk
    Dixon High School
    2-4 PM
  • Saturday, October 17
    Variety Show & Pizza Dinner
    Fellowship Hall
    5:30 PM
  • Every Thursday
    Bible-In-A-Year Class
    6:45 PM

Coming October 10

Church-wide clean up day
Wear your grubbies and help inside or out
8 AM until finished, usually by 1 PM


September 27, 2015 - "This Is Your Brain on Prayer"
Today's scripture lesson comes from James 5:13-20 Dr. Young explains to us how important prayer is to us as Christians. It may not be able to always aid in physical healing but can always promote spiritual healing.

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