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“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) The other day, God used me for something amazing! I share this not to brag on myself, but to encourage you, that…

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“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) Enough Already! Have you ever felt that when reading social media posts? It seems like today the caustic nature of “word-bombing” has…

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“Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8) Whether you are a morning person or an evening person does not matter. What comes out of our mouths every day truly does. The psalmist is calling on himself to get engaged with praise and we should consider doing the very…

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“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7) Are you a very merciful person? When others think of you, do they paint you with the strokes of mercy?  Because it was important enough to Jesus that He spoke these words in the Sermon on the Mount, it should be important to…

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“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”  (Psalm 141:3) “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a chant that we heard or even may have used as children.  It simply means that name-calling will not cause physical injury as…

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“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37) The swearing of oaths during the first century was a way to underwrite your trustworthiness. The Pharisees were masters of taking it to the next level, invoking whatever their hearers needed to hear. Jesus taught…

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“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) If you are human, there is a one…

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