1. Our Words and Our Religion
    05 Oct, 2018
    Our Words and Our Religion
    If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.  James 1:26 Do you bridle your tongue? Sounds like a weird question, doesn't it? But it's an important one to ask. Just in case you're unclear about what is meant by the question . . . A bridle is the headgear used to control a horse.  Straps, a bit, and reins are all used to bring a horse under better control. So to bridle our tongues would be to bring our words
  2. What Does Your Mouth Say About Your Heart?
    18 Apr, 2018
    What Does Your Mouth Say About Your Heart?
    The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45  What is your mouth saying about what is in your heart? Jesus tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Or as Peggy McCreight would say, "What's down in the well comes up in the bucket." If we listen carefully to what our words are saying about ourselves, we can learn a lot.
  3. Careless Words
    21 Mar, 2017
    Careless Words
    I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37 There are times when I have a tendency to be a smart aleck.   I know this because a few people who are close to me have said so. I used to think this description of me was a good thing.  In my mind smart alecks were . . . well, smart.  And funny.  Well-loved.  And they don't necessarily have to have
  4. When Words are Many
    25 Oct, 2016
    When Words are Many
    When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19  It would be easy to ignore Proverbs 10:19.  It's just one verse.  It’s tucked away in a plethora of proverbs found in the Old Testament.  And who wants to limit what they want to say?  But it is part of Scripture.  It's not a good idea to ignore it.  And the proverb actually has parallels in the New Testament.  Think about, for example, what Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 (I tell you, on