Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sarcasm Study part 4

III. Sarcasm has an alternative.
God desires for our speach to be thankful, uplifting, and full of grace. So, instead of being sarcastic, find something to appreciate, praise, or just don't say anything. "Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul." (Psalm 66:16)
Use your speach to testify what the Lord has done for you, to praise the Lord, and to share what you are learning from the Lord with others. In Ephesians, Paul encourages us to give thanks, rather than to speak foolishly, which is inconvenient.
Ephesians 4:29 commands that we use edifying words, to minister grace to others. The greek word for edify literally means a "structure, architecture, or confirmation". Since there is no gray area in speach, and you are either blessing or cursing, choose to edify, or build someone up with your words.
Now, if you're thinking like me, you're about ready to give up, because, like James says, the tongue is hard to control. But, God gives us a solution for this too. "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh." By memorizing, meditating on, loving, thriving on, God's Word, He says that you will talk wisely, and speak with knowledge.
Remember: God will not call you to do something (or not do something) that He will not give you access to His power in order to complete it victoriously.

*Note: this is just a short synopsis of the study. For more information, leave a comment.

Friday, January 29, 2010

"The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein."
Psalm 111:2

A Gift for the King

What could I give to the King? What off'ring could I bring? Not silver, or gold, He has riches untold!

What could I give to the King? Does He need anything? Not houses or lands, earth is at His command.

What could I give to the King? The Lord of everthing? Not shelter or food, He created the world.

What could I give to the King? What kind of offering? Not cattle or sheep, it's the heart that He seeks.
All of nature boweth before Him. Even the waves obey His voice. The skies above show clearly of Him, compelling me to make this choice:
I'll give Him me; I'll hold nothing back. I'll give Him me, His praise I'll sing. With all my heart, and all that I am, I'll give Him me, my Lord, my King!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Treasures of the Snow

We had quite a blizzard over the weekend! The drifts are over my head! Pretty awesome to think that the wind in the storm is only a small picture of God's great power, and that each one of those snowflakes is completely different. What an amazingly creative and mighty God we serve! Here's some pictures:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sarcasm Study part 3

II. Sarcasm has consequences.

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man outh of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:34-37)
That's a big passage, but it simply means. our words are important to God. If our hearts are right with God (i.e. good treasure,) He says we will speak good things. But if we care only for our self, we will say evil things. Watch those idle words! Are they building up or tearing down?
A few other passages give us glimpses of other things God has to say about our words. Proverbs 27:14 is an interesting one. At first I didn't understand the verse, so I looked up the hebrew words. This verse is saying that he who burdens someone early in the morning with insolent language is cursing himself and the other person. Yikes! Isaiah 57:4,12 says that kind of speach will not profit you. Proverbs 18:6-7 alludes to the fact that sarcasm leads to contention. We definately don't want that!
Sarcasm is not something to play with. Be very careful what you say!

*note: this is just a short synopsis of the Sarcasm Study part 3.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sarcasm Study, part 2

Dictionary Definition of Sarcasm:
A mocking remark. Scornful irony. A sharply mocking, often ironic remark intended to wound. A keen reproachful expression, a stirical remark or expression, utterd with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt, a gibe.

Related Words:
Contempt, curse, distain, foolish, jest, rail, mock, satire, scoff, scorn, sport.

"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." (Matthew 5:37)
The greek word for yea means a strong affirmation, and gives the idea of absolute truth; whereas the greek word for nay means absolutely negative.
God says that you either speak one or the other, and anything in between is... evil. Pretty scary thought, isn't it? James 3:8-10 tells us that the tongue is full of poison, and with it we bless God and curse other men. That's not God's intent! Also, in Matthew 12:34-37, God declares that we will have to give an account for the idle words (unneccessary, and often foolish, filler) that we speak. This is no light matter!

*Note: This is just a short synopsis of part 2 of the study. For more information, please send an e-mail to

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Junior Church

Today I got the joy of teaching Junior church. What fun, and yet, what a responsibility! These boys need activity, but they very much need God's love. They responded well to a new teacher, though time will tell. And, they surprised me with how quickly they caught on to the rules. Today, as we talked about One God, One Way to Heaven, they told me almost the whole redemption story all by themselves. Truly, our God cares for little children! As we learned a verse, read the story of God's Ark in Dagon's House, sang songs, and even played a short game of balloon soccer, the boys seemed to have such eager hearts for learning. I can't wait to see what next week brings. It is so wonderful to be in the service of the King!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lately, our family has been working through a study on our speach.- In particular, sarcasm. I have found it to be helpful, though convicting. Here is part 1:


God told us to be separate from the world. Not just a small step away, but vastly different: like night and day! One area in which we should stand out is in our conversation with others, and specifically Believers, for that's how folks know that we are followers of Jesus.
Words are powerful! So powerful that the tongue, lips, and mouth are mentioned over 2o0 times in the Bible, and words is mentiond over 400 times. For,
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." (Proverbs 18:21)
If it isn't absolutely positively good, then it is evil. Those evil words curse not only the speaker, but also the person it's intended toward, and surrounding listeners. It is like a poison, spreading and destroying the body of Believers. How important our words are!

The following is a study my family and I recently put together on sarcasm. At first, I didn't think God would have anything to say about the lingo of the day, but I found it to be quite the contrary. Not only does God care what our speech is, but there are harsh consequences and bountiful rewards involved. Now I really see the importance of using kind words.
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
(Proverbs 16:24)

What you do about the study is entirely up to you. However, God warns that if you what is right, but you neglect it, that's sin. God's complete desire is for us to use His Word as a guidebook- to see how to live and how not to live, then to recieve the grace and power to do as the Bible says. When we choose God's way, He will bless!
"But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, decieving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:22-25)
*Please note, all Scripture is taken from the King James Version. For a list of sources, please comment or contact me.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein." Jeremiah 6:16
What a sad verse! God laid out a weighty choice: God's way/life versus my way/death. Sadly, the children of Israel chose the wrong one. They refused God. They gave up all the opportunities and blessings He had waiting for them. They thought God wasn't important enough to give up their way.
If God gave you that choice today, what would you do? My way seems a lot more glamorous, and I am in-charge, running everything. Or am I? God has a plan all laid out, and it is more wonderful than you or I can imagine. It isn't easy to do it God's way, but it is very rewarding!