Watch your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth

The great puritan pastor Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) spoke these informing words: “we know metals by their tinkling, and men by their talking.”

Isn’t it amazing how your words (though they may be few or many), can unveil your entire character? Usually you can guess what someone’s passion is by listening to what frequently comes from his or her lips. In addition to this, our words are not only revealing, but they can also be dangerous. Consider the following proverb, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise” ().

is a classic passage on the topic of speech. James begins by warning his readers that not many of them should become teachers, knowing that they “will be judged with greater strictness” (). This is a very important truth all preachers and teachers need to understand. To be negligent due to a lack of study or to be crass so as to “relate” or to get a response is unacceptable. Such actions ought not to mark the preacher of the word of God. The preacher and teacher will stand before God one day and give an account. With this in view, Continue reading Watch your Mouth

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

Jesus is Sufficient

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I have been a Christian now for about 17 years. The more I learn the more I realize I don’t know. God has a funny way of humbling us and making us realize that we are not the centre of the universe, we are not what is most important. One of the greatest challenges any Christian faces is the life-long process of “denying ourselves‘ () and “walking in the Spirit” (), or in other words living our lives to please God and not primarily ourselves. We will never fully realize this  until we go to be with our Lord in heaven.

Jesus said “if you love me you will obey what I command” (). It’s pretty clear. If we say we love God, we will inevitably strive to obey Him, to allow His Spirit within to refine us so that, bit-by-bit, we reflect His character. This is to glorify God’s work in our lives as well being a beacon to the hope Jesus gives to us all. What a privilege… what a blessing… what a calling on our lives!

Why then do we often struggle so much to see this in our lives? Why do we find ourselves so enticed to feed our own self-absorbed desires rather than God’s? Why do we struggle so much at times to walk with God and follow His lead in our lives?

Here are three points that I believe can help us all to follow and enjoy God more in our lives: Continue reading Jesus is Sufficient

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

What Adulterers Want You to Know About Protecting Your Marriage

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Excerpted from the Focus on the Family broadcast “Friendship or Flirtation: Danger Signs for Couples” featuring the Rev. Dave Carder.

19 Dangerous Behaviors

  1. Saving topics of conversation for your “special friend.”
  2. Sharing spousal difficulties with your friend (e.g., “My husband (or wife) never … “).
  3. Allowing the friend to share their relationship difficulties with you (e.g., “My boy/girlfriend always … “).
  4. Anticipating seeing this person more than your spouse.
  5. Comparing the friend and your spouse (“If only my spouse was nicer to me like s/he is … “). Continue reading What Adulterers Want You to Know About Protecting Your Marriage

Our Hope in Christ Despite our Struggles

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The Liberating Gospel Message

I have to say I love the gospel message! It’s a message we need to hear and be reminded of every day! By understanding and living the gospel each day, we are reminded that we are made right with God by Christ’s sacrifice alone, enabled by His grace each day to live for Him. As we struggle battling our sinful nature, this is extremely reassuring and liberating!

As Christian’s, it’s very easy to allow ourselves to feel condemned for our mistakes, Continue reading Our Hope in Christ Despite our Struggles

This is War!

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WE ARE INVOLVED IN A WAR
We have a sermon series at present on the book of Revelation.  There is much in this book about spiritual warfare.  Spiritual warfare is a very important topic.  We are involved in a war.  But what does this war entail and how do we fight it?

Right from the start of the book we are told that we are partners in “tribulation”
().  Tribulation is another word for suffering.  Christians will suffer in this world.  Like John we will be persecuted for our witness to Jesus.  Thus the churches of Smyrna, Pergamum and Philadelphia all experienced persecution.  Christians are killed because of the word of God and their witness to Jesus
().  So right from the start it is clear that as we hold on to the truth and proclaim it, we will suffer.

Of course we can avoid the fight.  Continue reading This is War!

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.

The Sinfulness of Sin

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Fallen man can have no idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of God
“I do not think… that mortal man can at all realize the exceeding sinfulness of sin in the sight of that holy and prefect One with whom we have to do… He is the One who reads thoughts and motives as well as actions… The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea that they are offensive and are not offensive to one another. And man, fallen man, I believe, can have no just idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of that God whose handiwork is absolutely perfect… Continue reading The Sinfulness of Sin

Do you really know yourself?

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How well do you really know yourself?

In the introduction of John Calvin’s great work on theology (Institutes) he says that the purpose of life is to know God and to know ourselves.  The two are inseparably linked.  If you don’t know God, you won’t truly know yourself (you won’t even know that you are sinful!).  If you do know God you will know yourself.  The more we get to know God in the Scriptures, the more we will know ourselves.

In Jesus says: “you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”  What’s the problem at the church Continue reading Do you really know yourself?

17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

Are They Crazy?

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During the past couple of weeks, two news reports from the scientific community have me wondering.

The first and most shocking comes from a position paper published by two science “ethicists” here in Australia, stating that “newborn babies ‘aren’t people’ and it is therefore acceptable to kill them”. Authors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, both from the University of Melbourne, suggest that “after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where the law allows abortion, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.” Continue reading Are They Crazy?

True Christianity is a Fight

J. C. Ryle
“The man of granite, with the heart of a child.”
1816-1900
Martyn Lloyd-Jones described Ryle’s writings as “a distillation of true Puritan theology presented in a highly readable and modern form.”

“I am bold to say that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did so much for God, for truth, for righteousness, among the English speaking race and in the world as Ryle.” (Richard Hobson)

Ryle’s writings on the Gospels are considered by many to be the best practical, devotional, and Christ-centered commentaries EVER written!

“True Christianity! Let us mind that word “true.” There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not genuine Christianity. There are thousands of men and women who go to churches every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a “profession” of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are called Christians while they live. They are Continue reading True Christianity is a Fight