Honor God Above All

By Ricky Smith

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Hugh Latimer was a bold and courageous preacher in the early 1500’s, and was an influential voice as the Reformation movement spread into England.  You can research for yourself some of his statements of courage.  He was willing to deal with the consequences of King Henry VIII, and did not fear punishment from the King of England. His own words support the reason. He was more fearful of the King of Kings than the King of England. When Mary Tudor later ascended to the throne and imposed her strong Catholic beliefs on the country, Hugh was arrested and tried for treason which resulted in his being burned at the stake.  Even in his death, Hugh exhorted the Gospel and acknowledged the grace of God would be a light that would not be extinguished by his death.

What courage! What motivation of an example of one who fears God more than people, government, or possessions. Even at the threat of death, Hugh serves as a model for us. Similarly, we consider the midwives in Exodus 1 who feared God more than the dictatorial threat of the Pharaoh. They were not willing to abide by his command to kill innocent babies. We could go on to look at Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. We could admire Daniel who was put in the lion’s den. You may know of modern day example of courageous men and women who would not violate Scripture in the face of a threat. 

We must recognize that God is faithful. Latimer’s courage did not exempt him from death. Yet, he honored God above all.  You and I have opportunities to demonstrate this courage each day. It does not require physical threat or persecution. It may be the commitment to pay our taxes, speak with integrity, keep our promises, be faithful to our spouse, resist temptation, help a neighbor in need, engage in solutions to prevent crime in our city, and more. 

Each of us are daily given choices to make that demonstrate that we fear God and choose to obey Him more than fearing man. I close this week’s blog with a passage quoting Joshua:

Deuteronomy 30:11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, lit is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 mIt is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15 See, nI have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day oto love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if pthine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but qshalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 rI denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that sye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 sI call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that tI have set before you life and death, ublessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and xthat thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy ylife, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land zwhich the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Friday Funnies

The Trusty Scout

An old wild west fort was about to be attacked. The wily old general sent for his trusty Sioux scout. “You must use all your thirty years of skill in trying to estimate the sort of army we are up against here.”

The trusty scout laid down and put his ear to the ground. “Large war party,” he said, “maybe three hundred braves, four chiefs, two on black stallions, two on white stallions. All have war paint; Many, many guns. Medicine man also with them.”

“Good grief!” exclaimed the general, “you can tell all of that just by listening to the ground?”

“No,” replied the Indian, “I can see under the gate.” —mikeysFunnies.com

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Bribes for the Judge

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.

“So,” he said, “I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe.”

Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, Mr. Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, Mr. Campos, gave me $10,000.”

The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Mr. Leon. “Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits.”

Bible Study

Choose Your Friends Wisely James 4:4
 
In the context of our verses, we find both godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. 
1.  One comes from God, and one comes from this present evil world. 
2.  One edifies the church, and one destroys the church. 
3.  One comes from seeking the wisdom of God, and one comes from walking contrary to God.

To sum it up, spiritual wisdom and worldly wisdom are personal churches!  Every day of our lives, we make choices, either good or bad and choices have consequences. James uses some very powerful words to define the heart and work of the carnal believer.  “adulterers and adulteresses” – Adultery defined: Normally, we would define adultery as a physical act outside of the bond of marriage.  In our text, the principle is the same.  I want to look at both Synonyms (like words) and Antonyms (opposite words) that will give a clear picture of these words.
 
1.  The Bible likens the saved individual’s relationship to God as a marriage.  Ephesians, chapter 5 also portrays it as such.  The act of adultery is when a married man or woman commits the sin of stepping outside of the marriage for physical reasons.  We who are saved also have the potential to do so in our spiritual marriage to Christ!  ” Ye adulterers and adulteresses …”
 
Synonyms – cheating, infidelity, misconduct, two-timing, unfaithfulness
Antonyms – faithfulness, fidelity
 
2.  Adultery is one of the personal sins that is accompanied by a death sentence.
 
Leviticus 20:10  And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
 
3.  Adultery is tied biblically to lust, lust is tied to sin, and sin is tied to death in chapter 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 1:14-16  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  (15)  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  (16)  Do not err, my beloved brethren.
 
Friendship of the world is enmity (being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something) with God
 
Friendship: According to the Bible, true friendship is characterized by love. The Proverbs, the example of David and Jonathan, instructions to the Church, and, ultimately, Jesus’ example depict true friendship. A true friend loves, gives wise counsel, remains loyal, forgives, and promotes the other’s welfare.
 
Enmity: Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  (hatred-variance)
 
” friend of the world is the enemy of God”
 
Friend: the ideas of friend and friendship involve three components: association, loyalty, and affection.
 
Enemy: an opponent or stands against, one who hates.
 
Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
 
The war with the flesh.
 
1.  The “spirit that dwelleth in us.” 
 
a.  The “spirit” was placed within man before he ever came to know Christ Jesus as Saviour.  As man was made in the image of God, a trichotomy or three that makes one, He made man to be God conscious.  Body-world conscious, soul-self-conscious, spirit-God conscious.
 
John 1:6-9  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  (7)  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.  (8)  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  (9)  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
 
b.  From birth and innocence, the Light of God dwells within people.  All people.  To become atheistic, one must quench that Light.  From innocence to guilt or the knowledge of sinfulness, that Light remains in the un-regenerated man. 
 
c.  After salvation, man spiritually becomes a dichotomy: the old nature and the new nature.  Though saved, the old nature continues to desire the things of the flesh despite the new nature that desires the things of God.
 
d.  It is here that the spiritual battle rages.
 
2.  “lusteth to envy.” 
 
a.  There is potential here for the saved man to become a carnal man!  There is no eradication of the old sinful nature.  As long as you and I live, we will battle the flesh as we try to live a consistent life in the spirit for God!
 
Romans 7:14-25  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.  (15)  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.  (16)  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.  (17)  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  (18)  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  (19)  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.  (20)  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  (21)  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  (22)  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:  (23)  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  (24)  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  (25)  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
 
b.  In our text, we find that the “spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy” and envy is sin!  The question is asked, “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain?”  Vain-to no avail.  God is saying pay attention to the text or you will be next!  (I am a poet and don’t know it.  Big feet too, “Longfellows.” ?
 
c.  We all have the potential to become detrimental to the unity and fellowship of the local church!  I want to end tonight with some well-known to most.
 
1 John 2:15-17  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  (16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  (17)  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
 
Galatians 5:16-25  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  (17)  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  (18)  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  (19)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  (20)  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  (21)  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  (22)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  (23)  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  (24)  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  (25)  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Victory Baptist Church 27 April 2022 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

The Centurion at the Cross

By Bill Crowder

In answer to a Roman centurion’s earnest plea to heal his desperately ill slave, Jesus started to go to the man’s house. The man, however, said that he was unworthy of such attention. He said, “Only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me” (Matt. 8:8-9). If he, an officer in the Roman army, could have things done by a word of command, surely Jesus, the great prophet of God, could do likewise.

A centurion had 100 men under his command. Above him was the senior centurion, and above the senior centurion, the 60 centurions of the Roman legion. Above the 60 centurions were the 6 tribunes, and above the 6 tribunes the 2 consuls. Above the 2 consuls was the emperor himself. It was because the Roman centurion stood in the long line of delegated authority that he was able to give orders and have them obeyed. He had authority because he himself was under authority.

Today, those of us who submit to Christ are men and women “under authority.” Because of our relationship to Him, we have the authority to speak on His behalf, declaring forgiveness of sins to all who believe in Him.

So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54. What a declaration! These were the words of a seasoned veteran who had watched men die horrible deaths—and had been putting them to death—for years.

Do we have the centurion’s great faith—a faith that trusts God to do His work, in His way? Do we live and speak as people under authority? —Haddon Robinson

Tuesday With Karen

The Most Precious Gift

The most precious gift ever given to man,
Came in swaddling clothes by God’s own hand;
A manger was the place of this lowly birth,
His life was filled with glory, power, & worth!

The precious gift the world would soon see,
Was Jesus Christ living, meeting others needs;
Sent to earth to learn how man lived & felt,
Anything He touched became completely well!

The most precious gift, full of compassion,
Astonished hearts by His Godly fashion;
He shed His blood on the old rugged tree,
God’s sacrifice for us changed our eternity!

The most precious gift anyone can know,
Is the Saviour, who redeems lost souls;
The gift of salvation & pardon from sin,
Is given to all who ask Him to come in!

Point of Views

An Atheist’s View On Life

I will live my life according to these beliefs

God does not exist

It is just foolish to think

That there is a God with a cosmic plan

That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world

Is a comforting thought, however

It

Is only wishful thinking

People can do as they please without eternal consequences

The idea that

I am deserving of hell

Because of sin

Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power

“The more you have, the happier you’ll be”

Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose

In a world with no God

There is freedom to be who I want to be

But with God

Everything is fine

It is ridiculous to think

I am lost and in need of saving

A Christian’s View On Life

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The Real Battle

“Rasslins On!” One of my brothers would yell and all of us kids would come running into the house to watch Live Atlanta Wrestling with Gordon Solie. It would not be long before we would not only be watching the show but acting out some of the moves. Mother just seem to let us be boys until someone got hurt.
Watching wrestling for most boys was a normal weekend activity and Monday’s hot topic on the play ground. Until we noticed girls.
Classy Freddie Blassie was one of the bad guys that you loved to hate. He would always cheat and never get caught and many times interrupt other matches. It all seemed so real.
Most people remember him for his managing, and his catch phrase “pencil neck geeks”. He was one of the all time greats when it came to professional wrestling managers, and will always be one of the best. As Blassie became more popular, he bleached his hair blonde, and began to use his rule-breaking style that he used throughout his entire career.

While these men were only putting on a show many fans did not see it that way. Blassie was stabbed 23 different times, had his car set on fire, had acid poured on him, and went blind in his right eye after a fan hit him in the eye with a hard boiled egg.
That all seems so strange today when the pro wrestlers call it sports entertainment. Just putting on a show. And I thought they were for real.
While NWA may be just a show the battles we face everyday are real. Many times failing health or disappointing relationships seem to wear us down, we may feel like for the three count. But we should be of good courage for greater is He that is in us that he that is in the world.
We sing the old hymn Victory In Jesus but live our life so defeated. Remember this that we are promised the victory so when Satan reminds us of past failures and defeats remind him of his future. Never give up and never stop praying. The battle is real and the victory is ours.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

I Love My Church

By Ricky Smith

Calvary is a place of personal memories such as: my first job out of college, the place I married my wife, where my kids had their first day of school, and more. While the personal connection is deep, the reasons I love my church are much greater. I have never seen or been a part of a church that was more committed to serve its city. I’ve never been on a campus like ours. Truthfully, our city knows us by what we do to love and serve. We are known by what we are for, and not simply what we are against.  

The local church is a physical expression of Jesus’ love to the world. We truly are the bride of Christ, as we read of in Ephesians 5:22-23. He gave Himself for us and we should give ourselves to Him in return, for the sake of the Kingdom!

What makes a church special is not the building, the campus, the music, or the coffee.  Now I must interject a personal opinion here…the coffee does matter. Anyway, I digress. The Church has developed its own cultural subset and in some ways risks losing relevance to the culture it is commissioned to serve. 

We are not defined by our style, our politics, our nationalism, our Bible translation preference, our denominational affiliation, or any other defining marker we may want to elevate.  We should be and must be defined by our Savior and King. Jesus is our anchor and hope. Often we drift off course by making the church about ourselves and preferences, rather than the advancement of His Kingdom. 

Friday Funnies

Owl Friend

Each evening bird lover Tom stood in his backyard, hooting like an owl – and one night, an owl finally called back to him.

For a year, the man and his feathered friend hooted back and forth.  He even kept a log of the “conversation.”

Just as he thought he was on the verge of a breakthrough in interspecies communication, his wife had a chat with her next door neighbor.

“My husband spends his nights calling out to owls,” she said.

“That’s odd,” the neighbor replied.  “So does my husband.”

Ungrateful Theives

His beloved old white convertible was in deplorable shape, but he refused toget rid of it. So when the old junker was stolen from his office parkinglot, his family was delighted.

Nonetheless, they called the police and filed an insurance claim.

Their relief was short-lived, within an hour an officer was on the phone.

“We found the car less than a mile away,” he said, trying to restrain himself. “It had a note on it that read, ‘Thanks anyway, we’d rather walk.'”

Bible Study

Watch Your Mouth James 3:1-10
 
One of the laws of Biblical Hermeneutics is that of Full Mention where “God declares his full mind upon any subject vital to our spiritual life.”  We find in these verses the Full Mention Principle concerning the tongue. It is of the utmost importance to us because we all have one!  Many sins of the Bible have little effect upon certain people. Division can be accomplished in more than one way, but the simplest of these ways is that of an unbridled tongue.
 
James 1:26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  (A bridle is something that all of us are familiar with: a device used to both control and guide a horse.  It controls the horse to keep him from being rambunctious and it guides the horse to move in the direction of its master’s desire.)
  Proverbs 10:19  In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.  (The more that we say, the more likely we are to say something that is either wrong or something right that we will later regret.  Just because something is right does not mean that the time or the situation is right for it to be said.  Refrain means wisdom in the tongue’s use.)
    Proverbs 13:3  He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
                        Proverbs 17:27-28  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  (28)  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
                     Proverbs 18:21  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
  Proverbs 21:23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.  (This is one of my wife’s life verses [the other being Isaiah 26:3].  To keep is to guard: to guard your mouth and your tongue which in turn will guard your soul.)
    1 Corinthians 1:12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  (The division within the Corinthian Church would have never come about if its members had refrained from saying!  Each and everyone of us has different opinions and thoughts in certain areas and wisdom is needed to understand what needs to be said and what does not need to be said, thus maintaining unity within the body.)
 
God’s desire for the local church is unity!  we have often heard it said, “Keep your words short and sweet for you never know which ones you will eat.”  Speaking without thinking, in times of reaction, or in times of anger can do untold damage.  Once words are turned loose, there is neither stopping nor gathering them back up again.  You can never take them back once said and their effect is often lasting.
  Proverbs 18:19  A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
Let’s established several things:
1.  Everyone has a tongue!
2.  The tongues can be wicked when allowed to flap!
3.  All of us has at one time or another, said things that ought not to be said and we regret.
4.  Be not many masters: we do not have to speak on every subject because we do not know every subject.
5.  The more we speak, the more opportunity to say the wrong thing.
 
Some folks think that if they think it, they need to say it.  Some folks think that if it is right, they need to say it.  You do not need to say everything that you think nor is it always appropriate to say everything that is right.  There is a time and purpose to every season and that includes the tongue.
 
Here are several misuses of the tongue that cause infinite damage and or division:
  1.  A Divisive Tongue – Proverbs 6:16-19  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.  (God hates discord and the tongue that goes around spreading seeds of discontent.  The church has an order: come to the pastor first with problems that involve the welfare of the church.)
  2.  A Gossiping Tongue – Proverbs 26:20   Where no wood is, [there] the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  (Most of the time, you need to pray for an individual, not talk about them!  “Did you hear about so-in-so?”  What a shame!  We are not even to speak of those things done in darkness when it comes to sin and the less people who know about certain situations the easier that it becomes to reconcile them.)

Here are some questions that will stop the “gossiping tongue.”
a. What is your reason for telling me? b. Where did you get your information? c. Have you gone to those directly involved? d. Have you personally checked out all of the facts? e. Can I quote you if I check this out?
  3.  A Backbiting Tongue – Psalms 15:1-3  LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  (This one goes along with the previous tongue but is a little different.  Gossip is to spread while backbiting is to devour and defame.  Satan does a good enough job without us so leave the slander up to him!  He is the accuser.)
 
Romans 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
  Psalms 101:5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
  Exodus 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
  Leviticus 19:16  Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.
  1 Timothy 3:11  Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
  1 Timothy 5:13  And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
4.  A Critical Tongue – Psalms 64:3  Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:  (Many times, people’s faults are outward and easily seen.  They become the object of critical people with critical tongues.  Most of the time, I had rather have the object’s outward fault than to have a clean outward and have a harsh, critical spirit on the inside.  Our Lord spoke more than once of the Pharisees cleaning the outward while remaining wickedly religious on the inside.)
5.  A Prating Tongue – 3 John 9-10   I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
 
1 Timothy 5:19  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.  (Mischievous tongue.  Notice this verse said “witnesses,” not gossipers!  Simply trying to stir up something.  By the way, never listen to evil reports against God’s men.  Tell the individual who speaks against the pastor that you want him or her to go with you to visit the man of God and give him the complaint personally.)
  Psalms 50:19  Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
  Psalms 52:2  Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
  Psalms 52:4  Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
6.  A Murmuring Tongue – Acts 6:1   And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
 
Exodus 16:8  And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
1 Corinthians 10:10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
 
Philippians 2:14   Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  (I don’t like this or I don’t like that!  No one can please everyone all of the time and some decisions that must be made are not popular.)
7.  A Discouraging Tongue – Deuteronomy 1:28  Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.  (Be an encouragement to others so that, when your time comes to be down in the dumps, there will be someone there to encourage you.  The world discourages us enough without help from the inside.)
 
9.  A Lying Tongue – Psalms 109:2  For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
  Psalms 120:2-3  Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. 3  What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
Proverbs 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 26:28   A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Tell the truth!  A half truth is still a whole lie so, if you are not sure about something, it is better left unsaid.)
 
Conclusion: 
 A. The tongue is descriptive.  The tongue shows on the outside what is on the inside.
 
Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
 

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