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Words

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,but the mouths of fools pour out folly.”
Proverbs 15: 1-2

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools.” Proverbs 15:7

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lordbut gracious words are pure.” Proverbs 15: 26

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” Provers 15: 28

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 15: 33

A small sampling from Proverbs 15 reminds us how powerful words are. We may still remember the chant “stick and stones may break my bones” but we know words have more power than we wish they held. We are losing the art of gentle words in our culture and at times, even in the life of Christians and the church.

If you find you are having a problem with your words, may I suggest a few things…

Understand it’s a heart issue

Sometimes we try to justify ourselves by saying “That’s just who I am” or “I’m just like my mom (or dad)” and continue on. While we can have in our personalty certain tendencies that lead us to be critical or negative, it doesn’t mean it’s ok. Your words still alienate, separate, and crush others at times. If we roll with our earthly tendencies and don’t work them into submission to God’s ways, we continue a cycle that impacts others and ourselves.

Understand you are hurting others

You might think you are direct and others should appreciate it but I can’t tell you how many people come to me for life counseling because the anger, hurt, or weight they are feeling because of someone in their life dumping on them in unloving ways (again, often times Christians).

If you find that you enjoy the emotional release of unloading on others, there’s a good chance you are hurting them.

If you find that you enjoy talking about frustrations and grips with others to people other than the ones you struggle with, there’s a good chance you are hurting the person outside the loop and the one within it.

If you find that you need to tear others down to build yourself up, your just hurting everyone including how others see you.

Understand things can turn around

You have the chance to earn others seeing you different. You may not be aware but you may have some nicknames you would rather not know about. However, by following the proverbs above, you can be know as an “encourager”!

Some of the words above can be foreign to us in our speech … soft, gentle, and pure. However, through discipline, taking a breath and speaking with the Spirit’s lead; you too can be righteous and ponder what words (and heart) to embrace. It just starts with humbling yourself, leaning into the ways of God and letting Him raise you up.

Words lead to broken marriages. Words lead to split churches. Words lead to failed friendships. Words lead to insecurity and loss.

Words lead to freedom. Words brings unity. Words heal old wounds. Words have power.

Use yours in the light of the Christ to honor Him and love others.

If we can help you with this in any way, please let us know.

Prayers and Blessings,

Pastor Tom Hypes
theshepherdsfellowship.org

 

 

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A lot of people claim they are a Christian but do not really know what that means. To be a Christian is to be one who has accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in your life by acknowledging with your mouth that He is the Son of God and believing in your heart He died and rose again. To come with repentance to be forgiven and given a new life… a new start.

Then living a life where you die to yourself, live like and follow Christ, dive into Christian community including church, and fulfill our calling of reaching others for the Lord in truth, love, and action. Within the Church community, to care for one another and to disciple one another to grow in this life daily.

Be cautious. The Bible tells us that there will be a day when we all stand before Him and there will be those who call Him “Lord, Lord” and He will say “I know you not.” Start a personal relationship with Him that impacts everything. If you need help or have questions, feel free to touch base.

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There continues to be a disconnect between people who claim to believe in Jesus and how they live. A great majority of those who claim to be Christians or run to God when a tragedy hits live their lives no differently than the world. Here’s some of the ways this manifests….

– Feel they don’t need to go to church to be a Christian (even though the Bible is quite clear we are created to be in community with one another)
– Goes to church but treats it as a social club on the weeks it’s convenient to go (even though Christian community is much deeper Biblcialy)
– Posting Bible verses on their Facebook page next to the latest pic of their drunken episode with buddies the night before
– Fighting for Christian family values while treating their own kids  with contempt
– Claiming to being victorious through Christ but holding a victim mentality where they act defeated and the world is unfair to them
– Praising God on Sunday with the same mouth that curses and uses His name in vain throughout the week
– Claim to be a Christian but never open the Bible to learn His ways and follow them (please don’t say what you think is in the Bible but only what you know from your own reading is in the Bible. There’s a lot of misinformation out there already.)
– Accept Christ as Leader and Forgiver in their own life and then have no interest in following our main purpose of leading others to the Lord, baptizing them, and growing together to be more like Christ.

Sound familiar? Might be time to take a look at what this life is suppose to look like. Let’s start now….

First, don’t read me wrong. We can not be righteous on our own account. The Bible tells us that none are “good” and all have fallen short of the glory of God.

However, it also says that anyone who accepts Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in their life by “confess(ing) with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead…” (Romans 10:9) and repenting (leaving the old ways of life and following Christ…. then you are saved.

But then what? Let’s look at some promises in Psalm 1…..

Psalm 1: 1-2

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Here’s what we were just talking about..

If you want to be blessed (joy that is not tied to your circumstances but to your spiritual walk so it is not a roller coaster ride), it is not found in acting like the world. It is found by delighting in the Word and living it! Do you have this in your life? When is the last time you picked up the Bible? When is the last time you sat under the counsel of others teaching the Word? Do you delight in it or is it a task? Do you live it or do you find it easier doing what “feels” right and then can’t figure out why life seems so unfair and off base?

Look at what the Bible promises happens for those who delight in the Word and live it…

Psalm 1: 3

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it? However, make sure you don’t misunderstand. This is not a verse that promises you money, a mansion, or a nice car. It does promise prosperity! God’s best for you! Not God’s best for the guy or lady beside you but God’s best for you!

I know several people who love the Lord, love His ways, and (get this) LIVE IT! Some have extra money and some don’t but they all have a stronger foundation that passes the circumstances and are blessed through the Lord. When the good days come or the bad, they have a firm foundation, a loving Christian community, and the respect of others for living what they believe, They are impacting the lives of others (including their families) and have a purpose. They are a tree planted by the water yielding fruit through the Lord. They are strong. they do not wither. They prosper. What about your life? There is a different path….

Psalm 1: 4-6

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

The wicked is not only the horrible people you see on the nightly news that you hold at a distance. It is anyone who is not living the way mentioned in the Scripture above. Again, no one is perfect… trust me….. but Jesus is and living through Him is righteousness. However, living by the ways of the world is wickedness and it might be time to take a serious look at this.

Do you want your life to be blessed? What about your family? Your job? Your marriage? Your friendships?

It’s not hard but it does take a conscience choice and then some discipline.

Blessed is the one who does not follow the ways of the world but instead delights in the ways of the Lord and follows it both day and night. Be blessed.

 

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There is a video circulating called “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus”. You can see it here….

As I watched it, I started scrolling through the comments on the You Tube page to see how different people were reacting to it. When I did I noticed two things; how many people were commenting in a quick manner and how many emotional responses there were on all sides. The simple fact is this video represents a much larger discussion that is going on today.

“Religion” is a hot button term. I get it. Some people think it’s judgmental, dead, and evil. Some responses were from people’s hurt, disgust, and boiled up from emotions from their past experiences. Others were confused because you say are a Christian but you say you are not “religious” and find that suspect. Others are angry because they cherish that “Old Time Religion” and don’t understand why we have to water things down. Then there is the uproar of Christians who applaud the message as Christ followers tired of the “religious leaders” hypocrisy and lack of love.

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I am hesitant to start writing this post. Not because I am leary of what people will think of it. That’s no real concern at all. Those who will take issue with it, will take issue with most anything I write. Those who enjoy ignoring the heart of a post and try to find one sentence here or one sentence there and pick a fight with it will do so no matter what I write. Then there will be those who love what I have to say as if it is something new and fresh when really I am just one of many who feel this way. No, the reason I am hesitant has to do with my concern of not representing my feelings as clearly as I think they should be. I’m a babbler which is challenge number one. Also, this is a vital issue that has many levels. These two concerns are  a recipe for disaster but I want to give it a shot anyways.

The Church (capital C) is the body of Christ. In modern day America, it’s had a disease. I highly doubt that anyone is going to argue against that part. Where the controversy comes into play is what different people diagnose the illness to be. For some, we have gotten away from that old time religion. For others, we are holding onto past traditions that have no Biblical basis and holding onto them as idols. There are many vocal champions that will say it is because the church cares to much about theology and judgment. Still others, think it’s a watering down of truth to be all mushy in a version of love that negates accountability. Everyone who has an opinion of what church should look like will say the problem is those in the body who do not see things as they do. It’s a non ending cycle that keeps the vocal Christians debating, the quiet ones hiding in their pews once a week, and those who don’t know Jesus from seeing any reason to want to get into the middle of the whole mess.

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