Words That Hurt, Words That Heal

Words That Hurt, Words That Heal

So many of us struggle to overcome our inclinations to gossip, criticize, and judge. God not only desires better from us, he commands it. Let’s humbly confess our shortcomings in this area and ask for the grace and integrity we need to be life-speakers both to and about others.

Approval Junkie

Approval Junkie

The beauty of His ways… when He is so real and so big to me that I need no other thing, person, job, money, fame, to satisfy me… well, then I am free. Free to love people. Free to chase dreams. Free to stand for justice. And free to be a champion of grace.

Peace is a Person

Peace is a Person

The book of James declares that we are at war because we want what others have, when we really need to be looking to God as the source of all that we want or need.

If I Could Just Control My Tongue

If I Could Just Control My Tongue

Lust, greed, jealousy, envy, addiction to pleasure… they’re all powerful tendencies, but none of them is a bigger problem than the tongue. So, often, the pathway to mastering those challenges is to overcome the bigger challenge first – the tongue.

Saved by a Faith that Works

Saved by a Faith that Works

How’s your faith working for you? If you say you’re a believer, but you don’t demonstrate an increasing obedience to and dependence on God, do you really believe what you say you believe about God?

Let Mercy Triumph

Let Mercy Triumph

If you’re paying attention at all, I don’t have to tell you our world is hurting. Our churches are divided and struggling to find their footing. And yet this scripture is so clear. Love people – all people – regardless of their economic status, race, skin color, preferences, or struggles.

Can I Really Speak Kindly to Everyone?

Can I Really Speak Kindly to Everyone?

When you speak harshly of others, unfairly criticize, use slurs or degrading words, or spread gossip, you’re merely giving evidence that the well (your heart) is full of tainted water. Everyone you could possibly talk about is a portrait, uniquely bearing the very image of God. So be nice. If you can’t say something nice about someone, repent and ask God to give you a renewed heart. 

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