The next Small Discipline is one you may have never thought about. It’s what Detrich Bonhoeffer called “the ministry of holding one’s tongue.” He said, “It must be a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship
I came across this quote from Louis Vermeil: The prime purpose of eloquence is to
The truth is everyone of your words matter, they influence someone either negatively or positively. How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I would never have said that!” Our text in James today addresses the issue of the uncontrolled words of the tongue. We see this dilemma of words
4. Backus notes, “Many people believe that we just sin and that’s all there is to it. You may shrug and say, “I’m just a sinner an I can’t help myself.” But you can help yourself. There is psychological dynamic underlying sinful behavior. By changing your thinking (an act of will), you can change
ii. Bienvenn tell us, “When it comes to instruction on how we should speak to one another there is one verse in the Bible that says it all: ‘Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Mar 25, 2009
Love is patient and kind. Sometimes we need to be careful what we say and learn to think on our feet to say positive things about people. The story is told about a 6’ 10 “ Texan who walked up to the counter at McDonalds, slammed down his big fist and said to the girl behind the counter, “I want
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 31, 2008
TAME THE TONGUE
Employed by the human-development center of a corporation in the Midwest, a young woman was training the employees in proper dress codes and etiquette.
One day as she was stepping onto the elevator, a man casually dressed in jeans and a golf shirt got on with her.
SOMETHING TO SAY
Far too many people just talk even when they have nothing of value to say. That is not wise and certainly not intelligent. Albert Einstein was the featured speaker at a dinner given at Swarthmore College. When it came time for him to speak, he astonished everyone by standing
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 9, 2008
ILLUSTRATION: THE CUSSING DEACON
A Preacher was made aware that he had a Deacon in his church who was from time to time known to cuss.
In his attempt to help the Deacon overcome this terrible habit, the Preacher decided he should spend some personal time with the Deacon so they could have a
Contributed by Bobby Poole on Aug 7, 2008
A comedian once said, "Watch your tongue, it’s in a wet place
Contributed by Bob Joyce on Sep 6, 2007
After hearing and reading all the health warnings the media consistently blesses us with, someone wrote this tongue-in-cheek observation.
Somewhere, they’re plotting the scare of the week.
Air is polluted; water is too.
Fish that swim in it are not good for you.
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jun 21, 2009
In the story, A Wart Hog from Hell: Revelation, written by Flannery O’Connor, Mrs. Turpin is a self-righteous woman who turns on God when life takes a bad turn.
Out on the farm she screams to God, "Just who do you think you are!?"
Momentarily the question returns to her as it echoes off the
Contributed by Chris Surber on Sep 10, 2009
I was once preaching in the chapel of a retirement village in Yuma, Arizona. After delivering the sermon I began chatting with an elderly woman who I later learned was very hard of hearing. We were standing just outside the chapel, near a very beautiful pool table which looked as though it was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 9, 2009
A Simple Hose Clamp Causes Failure of Balloon’s Attempt to Circle the Earth
Piccard and Richard Conniff writes in National Geographic that on January 12, 1997, two Swiss men, Bertrand Piccard and Wim Verstraeten, set out to be the first to CIRCLE THE EARTH in a balloon. Their aircraft was called
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2009
Man Can Tame Beasts like the Dolphin Flipper, but not the Tongue
The tongue is not only like an uncontrolled fire. It is also like an untamed beast. Every type or species of the four classifications of animals have been subdued or tamed by man. At creation man was given "dominion over the fish of
Contributed by Steve Malone on Jun 26, 2002
PRECIOUS DAD MOMENT
As ham sandwiches go, it was perfection. A thick slab of ham, a fresh bun, crisp lettuce and plenty of expensive, light brown, gourmet mustard. The corners of my jaw were aching in anticipation,
I carried it to the picnic table in our backyard, picked it up with both
Contributed by Tony Miano on Mar 10, 2001
Bruce Wilkinson has written an excellent little book called The Prayer of Jabez. In the book, Wilkinson explains the reluctance believers have toward having a greater influence for Christ in their world.
He explains this reluctance by using two mathematic equations. The first equation
Contributed by Bruce Willis on Dec 14, 2006
A group of Christians gathered in a church auditorium for an evening Bible Study. Some were talking while waiting for the study to begin. One man began to share with the leader about a church breakfast he’d attended. A well known Bible scholar had been invited to speak at the breakfast. During
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 13, 2005
Here are some tongue-in-cheek food safety “facts” from New York’s Miner Institute:
Nearly all sick people have eaten carrots. Obviously, the effects are cumulative.
An estimated 99.9% of all people who die from cancer and heart disease have eaten carrots.
99.9% of people involved in car