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Summary: James addresses the power of the tongue. We need to realize the tongue can develop many problems...

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THE POWER OF WORDS...

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I. WHAT IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN THE CHURCH OR THE WORLD?

A. My last year teaching school we were studying about the USSR and all the power that

the USA and the USSR had in their weapon reserves.

Tammy a girl in my 7th grade class ask:

WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD?

B. I thought for a minute. I thought about the knives, guns, atomic bomb, the nuclear bombs,

satellites, lasers, rockets and missiles.

I said: Tammy, let me think about that question and I will get back with an answer.

WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD?

C. I went to bed thinking about: WHAT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN THE WORLD.

I prayed for a while and I woke up...

I had the answer... I knew for sure what the answer was... THE TONGUE... WORDS...

II. JAMES HAD A BRILLANT LESSONS ABOUT SMALL THINGS...

A. Is it funny today the church wants to talk about REVELATIONS all the time.

When James is one of THE GREATEST BOOKS ON PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING?

James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater

condemnation.

[2] For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect

man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

[3] Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about

their whole body.

[4] Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds,

yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

[5] Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a

matter a little fire kindleth!

[6] And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that

it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

[7] For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed,

and hath been tamed of mankind:

[8] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

[9] Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are

made after the similitude of God.

[10] Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things

ought not so to be.

[11] Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

B. JAMES WAS JESUS' HALF BROTHER... SAME MOM--- MARY,

DIFFERENT DAD'S...

James did not come to accept Jesus as God's son until after the RESURRECTION.

C. JAMES LEARNED AND TAUGHT A POWER LESSON ABOUT LITTLE THINGS...

1. THE MATCH--- can start a big fire...

President John Kennedy had an ETERNAL FLAME lit on his grave.

The first day a little girl SPRINKLED some HOLY WATER over the grave and the ETERNAL

FLAME WENT OUT. A soldier quickly re-ignited the flame.

2. THE BRIDLE --- You can teach and control a horse, a elephant, and a whale...

I was at a circus. The elephant trainer pushed with his bare hand and pushed an eighteen inch

pole in the ground and chained the elephant to the rod.


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