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Pastor Bill's Reflections
Read: Proverbs 18:1-8, 20-21
May the Holy Spirit touch us during this Pentecost season,
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.
- 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
- 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
- Saturday, October 17
Variety Show & Pizza Dinner
- Every Thursday
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.
CHURCH VARIETY SHOW!
Pizza & talent, what more could you want?
The Gospel of Matthew
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