Slanderers Don’t Typically Ask Your Forgiveness

When we stopped at the local diner to grab a quick lunch, we weren’t expecting to witness a prisoner being set free. We had no idea that we’d see repentance. We weren’t expecting humility to show up over chips and salsa. We’ve all experienced it: the destructive force of gossip. Slander knows no bounds. It can ruin reputations, destroy public trust, and rob the good name of a man of...

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Powerfully Bold or Just Obnoxious?

  The woman at the table beside me was loud in her slam. “No thank you, I’m a Christian!” The waiter looked a little stunned by her intensity and mumbled something indiscernible as he backed away from the table. I felt embarrassed. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not embarrassed to share my faith, to identify myself as a Christian, or to explain the gospel to people. But I am embarrassed...

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Questions for God

You may not be able to relate to these at all. But I’m having a little conversation here with God and I thought I’d jot it down and share it with you . . . You are my benevolent, gracious, all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful, Master and Savior. So . . . Why do I spend so much time thinking about myself, when You are so much more appealing to consider? Why do I hesitate to run headlong into...

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10 Ways to Guard Your Tongue

Our tongues can bless, gripe, complain, and communicate the gospel—all within a matter of minutes! Tongues can inspire the hardest heart or crush a tender spirit. Proverbs 21:23 warns us to “guard the tongue” in order to stay out of trouble. But how? Most of us would probably tend to agree that guarding, or taming, our tongues is ultimately a deep-rooted heart-issue. But . . . could part of...

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Striking a Match!

Have you ever noticed how once you state something it seems to become more concrete? For instance, when you say, “That makes me so mad!” the minute those words leave your tongue you can feel your anger level rise a notch or two on the “anger meter.” Sin is birthed in the heart (James 1:14–15), but a destructive floodgate is opened once the mouth lets loose to pour out the heart’s...

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