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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wow, what a summer! Just a few short weeks left and it will be back to school, and the next thing to look forward to is thanksgiving. We've covered a lot of ground and still have much to cover before we begin our "BRIDGES" series. We had a great baptism service with 9 people taking this step of obedience mandated from Jesus Christ. We had a great potluck and plenty of fellowship. As we journey on from here let us not forget the words found in Ephesians 4:29, Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. What a great scripture to remind us of the impact our words can have on others. It can serve to hold others accountable, challenge us, encourage us but also tear people down. Usually those who don't have the same ideals as we do. Our tuesday night small group has been going through the "respectable sins" book and as i prepared for tonights group the topic is frustration and sins of the tongue. ouch. If you don't have a copy of this book let me know or better yet just order one so you can remind yourself daily of the many things that creep in unnoticed and that we consider acceptable becuase we aren't out slashing people or going to the latest movie release and freaking out. Truth is sin is sin and although we put an importance or numeric value on them the truth is they are all failure of the law. Thankfully we are forgiven in Christ and although we still sin, God is merciful on us. For those of you who decide youd rather try to live up to the law, you will be judged by the law so good luck with that. For those of us who are secure in Jesus loving arms, lets use our mouths to build up the body. Pick someone today and build them up in Christ. Not just once but multiple times and watch the way it changes thier outlook on things. Till next time, keep it in the Word P.M.