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Your Words Have Power

"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3 ESV)"Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits." (Proverbs 18:21 ESV) Did you know words have power? Words can build up and break...

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The Ear of Gossip

When I think of the word "gossip", I think of Rachel Lynde from Anne of Green Gables. She constantly snooped, made judgments, and then scattered her version of the "news" to other people around the town of Avonlea by flapping her unstoppable gums. But hear what the...

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The Power of Words

Oh, those words that can cut right through! And then there are those that can soothe our pain.Last week, I stepped to the counter at my doctor's office. "Here is your referral for your blood work," the receptionist said. But her words, though simple and mundane, were...

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Three Secrets to Make Your Day Shine

A group of friends and I chatted during lunch at an Asian restaurant last Sunday. After we finished, the usual thing happened. A waitress approached the table with a tray. "Fortune cookies for you,” she said with a lovely accent. Although I don’t believe in that...

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Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen

"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;" (James 1:19) I stared after my husband in wonder. Why had he slunk away hurt? My words were meant to correct something that was important to me. Why was he being so...

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The Tongue

'I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence." But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. My heart grew hot within me, and as I...

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Gift of Words

"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13-14)   Did you ever wish you had the gift of words?  You know, the...

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Visualizing God’s Presence

If we laid bare our thoughts what would they reveal? If our minds could be read daily like a book what would they tell others about us? "….it is the thought-life that pollutes. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery,...

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