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September 7, 2018, 9:38 AM

Watch Your Mouth


PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE RAIN!!!!

 

Two men who lived in a small village got into a terrible dispute that they could not resolve. So, they decided to talk to the town sage. The first man went to the sage's home and told his version of what happened. When he finished, the sage said, "You're absolutely right." The next night, the second man called on the sage and told his side of the story. The sage responded, "You're absolutely right." Afterward, the sage's wife scolded her husband. "Those men told you two different stories and you told them they were absolutely right. That's impossible -- they can't both be absolutely right." The sage turned to his wife and said, "You're absolutely right."

 

If it is possible as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18

It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel. Proverbs 20:3

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6

 

Christianity is under attack by many in our world who are “uncomfortable” with our beliefs. Christians are called bigots by some because of our belief that homosexuality is wrong. Christians are called intolerant by some because we believe abortion is wrong. Christians are called extremist because we believe “God hates and judges’ sin”. Christians are called narrow minded because we believe in “One God” and “One way of Salvation thru Jesus Christ”.

How are you treating others? Do you ignore others? Do you tolerate others? Do you respond with unkindness to those who are not kind to you?

As we continue our series of messages on “UNCOMFORTABLE”, this week our topic is Criticism/Conflict. In Matthew 5 as Jesus was giving the sermon on the Mount He said, “leave your offering and go make things right with your brother”. People may not like hearing this but “WHEN WE HAVE A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE WE HAVE A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD”. That is why God teaches us to go and make things right with others.

Criticism and conflict each make us uncomfortable, and I believe that often they are connected in that it is the words from the mouth that caused the conflict. Sometimes those words are directed at those who have said things wrongly about us as in the examples above, and sometimes those words are aimed at our brothers and sisters in our church families.

Solomon said, “anybody can start a fight” and that is true, but we need to learn how to “stop” them. I was listening to a message preached by Rick Warren the pastor of Saddleback Church in California on the topic of “conflict” and he said, “the phrase husbands most fear hearing from their wives is (we need to talk)”.

Husbands, wives, church members, neighbors and friends it doesn’t matter we all need to learn one how to control our mouth and two how to resolve conflict.

Paul said, “As much as depends on you”, as Christians we should be leading the way in living peaceably with others. This means if you ask me we should be getting right our speech to others and our measures of conflict management.

I pray you will join me this Sunday as we continue our series on the topic of “Uncomfortable”. This week’s message is “Watch your mouth” and our text is Col. 4:5-6.

 

September Activities

9th… Business meeting & meal @ 6pm

11th, 18th, 25th … Car show meetings @ 7pm

16th-19th … Senior Adult Revival

23rd… Concert by the “Texans” @ 6pm

Mission Activity

Operation Christmas Child… get a shoebox, fill a shoebox, bring it to church and we will gather them all in early November and take them to the drop off were they will then begin their trip to a child somewhere around the world. We have plenty of boxes and the world has way more children than will probably get a gift box.

 

Prayers:

Praise for the rain! Continued healing for Shelby Borton, Brycen Potts, Darlene Terry,

 

Final Thought:

“I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13

Thank You LORD for being true to your PROMISES! Every rainbow is a reminder that God keeps His Word!

See you Sunday!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith


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