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6
Dec

DEAD END

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There is a large country cemetery near a DeKalb County ghost-town known as Fairfield Center. At the main entrance was a yellow caution sign that read: ‘Dead End’. This was placed by the county because the entrance was directly across from a road that ended there. So, people unfamiliar could mistake the cemetery entrance for the continuance of the road. And there was no outlet. And the county wasn’t maintaining the cemetery drives.

For years I would chuckle at the sign every time I officiated at a burial there. Then one day it abruptly disappeared. I asked the funeral director what happened to the ‘Dead End’ sign. He explained that some elderly lady was offended at the sign where her dearly beloved was being interred. So the sign was replaced.

Have you ever chosen a word or phrase that had a secondary meaning, thus unintentionally getting yourself into trouble? What was a compliment from you became an insult to the other. The Bible tells us that our tongues are “a world of evil among the parts of our body” (James 3:6). Watch your tongue today; it might bite you.

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14
Oct

WORD TRAP

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Jesus often had Pharisees and scribes attempt to trap Him in His words. They were intentionally trying to prove Him wrong. But, some people may attempt to do that with Christians simply because they do not understand the faith.

For example, during a television interview, David Frost once asked former president George H. W. Bush how he could square his belief in a loving and all-powerful God with the miseries and injustices of life. Frost reminded Bush of the time he shed tears at the sight of starving children and of his grief when his own daughter had died.

President Bush said, “It never occurred to me to blame God for that.” He insisted that the Lord has provided enough food for everyone, but that starvation occurs because of human greed and ineptitude. The President said that his daughter’s illness had drawn the family closer to one another and to God. He was comforted because he knew that she had been caught up in the arms of her loving heavenly Father.

Are you prepared to respond to criticism of your faith?

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20
Aug

WATCH YOUR TONGUE

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“The boneless tongue, so small and weak,
can crush and kill,” declared the Greek.
The Persian proverb wisely saith,
“A lengthy tongue, an early death.”
Sometimes it takes this form instead:
“Don’t let your tongue cut off your head.”
While Arab sages this impart:
“The tongue’s great storehouse is the heart.”
From Hebrew wit, the maxim’s sprung:
“Though feet should slip, don’t let the tongue.”
A verse from scripture crowns the whole:
“Who keeps the tongue does keep his soul.”

In any language it is clear that “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23).

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27
Jan

SAY IT KINDLY

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Years ago, when we were still located in the little building downtown, I did a lot of Saturday weddings. Anita was always the neatnick and made sure everything was back in order for the Sunday morning services. She was always frustrated when people went outside on the front porch to smoke. She didn’t mind them smoking, but they would drop their cigarette butts on the cement porch floor. Anita always made sure the cigarette butts were picked up – a job she hated.

After one such wedding, Anita thought to herself, ‘You know, you can anything if you say it kindly.’ So, she approached a group of about five smokers on the porch and said, “We don’t mind you smoking out here, but when you’re finished, would you mind getting your butts off the porch?”

The people just blankly stared at her. A couple of seconds later it dawned on her what she had said and she was thoroughly embarrassed.

Have you ever stuck your foot in your mouth trying to be nice?

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18
Jul

PLEASANT WORDS

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Gift of Encouragement

I’ve never been very athletic. I did play Little League baseball as a kid and played a little friendly baseball after my service experience, but I was never in demand on anybody’s team. And I wasn’t much of a coach for my boys’ athletic pursuits.

Our daughter, Jenny, was a cheerleader and we tried to be at all her games. It was amazing how critical parents and observers were toward their sons trying their best in basketball and football. “Come on, Michael, wake up! What’s the matter with you?”

What an encouragement it was when our son, Nathan, decided to go out for cross country. We attended most of his track meets, but he arose to the occasion with those long distance runs. He, wired like his Dad, learned how to take it easy and pace himself. I would maneuver to key places along the run to cheer him on. He never knew where I’d be, but always knew I was there.

In those years of attending cross country races, I never heard a discouraging word. Even last-place runners get cheers, not jeers. “Go, Nathan, You can do it!” Cross Country just might be the most positive sport out there.

Pleasant words are…sweetness to the soul and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

The Christian life is a long-distance run. Its not who starts the race, but who finishes. As fellow believers discipline themselves to run the race, they need encouragement. They need “pleasant words” that bring “sweetness to the soul”.

What are some pleasant words you have received lately?

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11
Jul

DISCOURAGEMENT

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Gift of Encouragement

During the Boer War (1899-1902), a man was convicted of a very unusual crime. He was found guilty of being a “Discourager”. The South African town of Ladysmith was under attack, and this traitor would move up and down the lines of soldiers who were defending the city and do everything he could to discourage them. He would point out the enemy’s strength, the difficulty of defending against them, and the inevitable capture of the city. He didn’t use a gun in his attack. It wasn’t necessary. His weapon was the power of discouragement.

Discouragement is opposite of faith. Faith says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Discouragement puts doubt in my mind and undermines my faith in Christ.

What has discouraged you lately?

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