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The Power of a Word
Proverbs 12:18

Proverbs 12:18 gives us some valuable advice, There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.

Did you ever know someone who is good at making cutting remarks? They spoke like the piercings of a sword? .

Over twenty years ago I was at the house of some friends. We were all just kind of hanging out and I made a comment to one of the brothers in the family. It was a clever little comment and was basically meant to take a jab at him. A couple of the family members heard it and snickered and said, "Oh, way to go, Bayless! You got him!" But as soon as I said it, his countenance fell, and my heart just sank. While I looked for an opportunity to apologize to him that night, I didn't do it because he ended up leaving early. I've regretted that comment ever since. I repented, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed me from that sin. But you know what? Those words were out, and I couldn't get them back.

Shortly after that night, he went feet first into a very destructive lifestyle involving his sexuality. I have to think that quite possibly my words pushed him away from God. It may have been that little jab of the sword that pushed him off the edge.

The New Testament says in Ephesians 4:29, Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but only that which is good for edification or for building up that it may minister grace to the hearers.

Are your words ministering grace to those who hear them? Are they building up? Or are they tearing down?

By Bayless Conley

For Your Information

      Since it is nearing the beginning of school, and the beginning of homework, let's talk about some practical lessons on putting our faith to the test, our new series is called Faithwork. Over the next several weeks we are going to delve into Prayer 101, Scripture Memorization 101, Meditation 101, Fasting 101 and Service 101. We will learn the necessity of each, as well as the how-to of them. Yesterday we talked about Faith 101. What it is and why we need it. Unfortunately there was a technical difficulty and the service was not recorded. Next week, we will be getting into Prayer 101. Plan on attending to learn how to be better students of Jesus Christ.

      August 20 - Church-wide Work Day beginning at 9 AM
      September 4 - Carry In Dinner following AM Service, No PM Service
      September 11 - Special Community 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Service at the Midway Fire Hall at 11 AM. No Sunday School
            or PM Service.

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.

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