Sunday, September 11, 2011

Life Lessons from James - What Does Your Tongue Say About You?

Today's Church Service: Life Lessons from James- What Does Your Tongue Say About You? 
T - Is it True?
H - Is it Helpful?
I - Is it Inspiring?
N - Is it Necessary?
K - Is it Kind?
Simply put ... THINK before you speak!

James 3:1-12

Taming the Tongue

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and saltwater flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

The smallest word can destroy a persons life. 
Your tongue can be dangerous, it is destructive.

An authentic believer of Jesus Christ will change the way they speak, they will not continue to speak badly and curse the way they did before they were a new creation by asking Jesus to forgive them and come into their hearts.  

Keep your words sweet, in case you need to eat them!

Remembering September 11, 2001

Today as I ready for Church I hear and see all of the remembrances of 9/11 on the television.   It was a horrific and sad attack against our nation. My heart goes out to the victims who lost family and friends, and to those that lost faith even more so.  We are not unique or so special that we should have been completely surprised.  Everywhere evil attacks and causes havoc, we see it daily, we were just complacent because we've not had to deal with it first hand. Evil is not new to this world, just watch the news every day and you will see it rearing its ugly head all over the world.  Yes, it was a huge wake up call to the United States, because not since Pearl Harbor had our country been attacked so brutally and without apparent warning, with the exception on the Oklahoma City bombing.  It does not matter that the OKC attacks were not carried out by a foreign group, what matters is it was an unexpected attack.

Either way we all need to put our focus back where it belongs, on God and family. Believers world wide need to be stronger in our beliefs and share the word of God and the salvation of Jesus.  The world in general would be a much better place if people would look into their hearts and see that they need Jesus to help them walk through this world in the way God wishes us to. Turning our back, doing what "we" want and not following God's word has made the world the way it is today. Think it about it people.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hand drawn alphabet

I've been working on these for weeks now, still have the rest of the letters to color in but feel free to order any letters you like. :)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

This Weeks Bible Study

This weeks Bible Study is about Appraising ourselves ...
 Are we prideful? 
Do we compare ourselves to 
Do we think we're better than others?
 Are we focused on what we want or what God wants?

‎"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and , of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you." - C.S. Lewis

Some of us don't even realize when we are being prideful. Here are some examples: Impatience with traffic, irritation with the store clerk, criticism of a relatives behavior, sarcasm about other people's lack of morality and intelligence, fear of failure, defensiveness when criticized, desire for control, even when our actions are honorable they are not entirely free of pride.

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