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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sergio Garcia

No, he did not actually say that, but if he could sum up the last 24 hours he probably would put it that way.  By now, you may have heard that he made what has been interpreted as a racial slur against Tiger Woods.  While analysts, black and white, are split as to whether Garcia's remarks about Woods being served fried chicken are offensive, those remarks have created quite the news story.  Woods reportedly found the remark "wrong, hurtful, and clearly inappropriate." The occasion for Garcia's remarks was a lighthearted moment during an awards dinner in Virginia Water, England.   Not only that, but there has been an escalating bout of bad blood between the two golfers that has gone back and forth. Yet, as of this writing, that one remark could possibly cost him his sponsorship from TaylorMade-Adidas.

 

Certainly, you and I do not find ourselves before an open mic with the world as a stage.  We live out our lives in relative anonymity.  Those of us who preach and teach have a slightly larger audience than other Christians, but there is a whole other group of onlookers and spectators.  They are coworkers, classmates, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers, brethren, family, and God.  The latter keeps a record of what we say (Mat. 12:36-37).  The rest may be drawn to or pushed away from Christ as the result of what we say.  So, both testaments and most Bible books include warnings about the powerful influence of the tongue.

 

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." (Prov. 18:21a).  "In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach..." (Ti. 2:7-8a). "Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person" (Col. 4:6).  On and on, in many different ways, Scripture warns us to guard our tongues (cf. Ps. 141:3).  Whether our actual speech or our "virtual" speech, the summation is simply, "Watch your words!"

 

Neal Pollard

 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Things to say at a high school graduation

Suggested things to say, from the Bible, at a high school graduation (these come from the book of Proverbs)

1. ALWAYS SEEK GODLY WISDOM (4:5-13)

 A. No cost is too high(7). It doesn't take any effort to drift downstream. Pursue godly wisdom!

 B. Three results of seeking wisdom in your life:

 -Wisdom exalts and honors (8-9).

-Longer Life (10)

-Less troublesome life (11-13)

 2. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNINGS (4:14-22)

 A. Stay away from Wicked Pathways (14-15; Psalm 1)

 B. The Plight of the Wicked. Their life is consumed with hurting others (16). They are violent (17). They walk in the way of darkness (19)

 C. Avoid the Path to Sexual Sin. Find a wife and keep her (5:17-19 "...may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.")

 D. The Youth Who Lack Judgment: (7:6-10). Walking toward temptation (8). Walking toward darkness (9). Followed the seduction (10). Sexual sin is a highway to Hell (7:22-27).

 E. The way of wisdom is much better. Brightness (18). Health (20-22).

 3. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING (4:23-27)

 A. Guard Your Heart (23). Above all else, it is the Wellspring of life.

 B. Guard your Lips (24)

 C. Guard your Eyes (25)

 D. Guard your Steps (26)

 E. Guard Your Direction (27)

 

Conclusion

 

A Parent's Prayer: Proverbs 22:5-7 In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stays far from them. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Proverbs 21:15

"The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous, But is terror to the
workers of iniquity" (Proverbs 21:15 NASB). There is no need to fear justice
and truth when one lives righteously (cf. Romans 13:3-4). There are no
skeletons in the closet. No secrets one fears being revealed. In fact, the
righteous take their delight in seeing justice prevail. Even when the court
systems don't uphold justice, the righteous take comfort knowing God is the
final judge and His court is supreme. The wicked don't want justice and so
use bribes (cf. Proverbs 21:14) or prevent the truth from being known by
twisting and perverting laws intended to protect the innocent. They are
afraid of having their lives exposed and taking responsibility for what they
have done. We need to live in such a way that we do not fear truth or
justice.

Jeremy Sprouse

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Proverbs 21:6-7

"The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue Is a fleeting vapor, the
pursuit of death. The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because
they refuse to act with justice" (Proverbs 21:6-7 NASB). The Book of
Proverbs continually reminds us of two facts. First, God is pleased with
those who live by honest means and hard work. Second, we will reap what we
sow. The wicked will not escape the consequences of their actions.

Jeremy Sprouse

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