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Seven Proofs That God Can Change The Way You Talk

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“But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices" Colossians 3:8-9 The Bible commands us to put away filthy language from our mouths.  We are to represent Christ in everything we say and do (Col 3:17).

You may be wondering if it is possible to change your speech; to stop cursing; to stop saying things that don't glorify God.  You may think that it is a habit that is too hard to break.  That you are stuck with filthy language. 

Today I want to give you seven proofs that God can change the way you talk. 

1) Jesus loosened the tongue of a mute man and gave him the gift of speech (Mt 7:35).

2) God struck Zechariah with muteness until his son, John the Baptist, was born, because he doubted God's word.  After the baby was born, Zechariah was able to speak again (Lk 1:18-29, 64).

3) The Holy Spirit enabled the church in Acts to speak in diff…

A Statistic That Every Parent And Church Leader Should Know

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If you are a parent or a church leader, then there is a statistic you need to know about.
"Up to 75 percent of students who were significantly involved in church in high school are no longer even attending church as twenty-somethings, and only 35 percent return and attend regularly (defined as at least twice a month).  Many blame higher education, but those who don’t attend college after high school are even more likely than college-goers to curb their church attendance."  (Jeff Myers, The Secret Battle of Ideas About God, p. 37, 2017) The church's most important and best mission field are its children.  But the world is reaching our kids more effectively than we are reaching the world.  It's time to seriously reconsider our approach to reaching the next generation.

One thing to consider is that parents are uniquely equipped to reach their kids for Christ.  They spend significant amounts of time with their children daily.  They know their children deeply.  They love…

God Will Meet Your Needs

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The coronavirus is causing an economic crisis.  Many people are temporarily out of work, or have been permanently laid off.  There is a growing fear that grocery stores will shut down, causing a mass food shortage.  Many are afraid that they will lose much of their life savings in the stock market.  No one knows for sure when life will get back to normal.

During a time like this it is easy to succumb to fear and worry about your finances.  But as Christians we do not need to fear.  God promises to provide.  Today I want to give you some encouraging Bible verses that highlight God's promise to provide for His people.

Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies...; my cup overflows.”

Psalm 37:18-19 "The LORD watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever.  They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger."

Psalm 37:24 "Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, be…

7 Reasons Your Words Are a Big Deal

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It may seem weird to be talking about anything other than the coronavirus right now, but our words are so powerful that they have the power to make this crisis better or worse.  Let me give you seven reasons your words are such a big deal. 

1) The Lord will punish the perverse tongue.  Proverbs 10:31 “The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.”

2) A wicked tongue will get you into trouble.  Proverbs 18:6-7 “A fool’s lips lead to strife, and his mouth provokes a beating.  A fool’s mouth is his devastation, and his lips are a trap for his life.  Ben Franklin said, “Better slip with foot than tongue.” 

3) Your words will either hurt or heal those you love.  Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Augustine said, “The wounds of the tongue no physician can heal.”

4) You will be judged for your words.  Matthew 12:36-37 “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account f…

How to Overcome the Fear of Death

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The Coronavirus has people thinking about death more than normal.  And that is not a bad thing.  The more we think about the reality of death, the more serious we will be about preparing for it.  And death is certainly something we need to prepare for. 

But many people are fearful of death.  They see death as the end of their existence.  Or they see death as the entrance to the afterlife, and they fear they may go to hell.  But we don't need to fear death.  Why?  Because Jesus came to earth, died and rose again to conquer death.  "Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, death, is your victory?  Where, death, is your sting? (1 Cor 15:54-55)."

If you are struggling with the fear of death, let me encourage you with the word of God.  You don't need to fear death.  If you do the following, death will no longer frighten you.

1) Come to terms with it.  Let me be blunt.  You are going to die.  You probably won't die from the Coronavirus, but you will die from som…

Is This The End?

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The coronavirus is causing many people to conclude that we are living in the last days.  The final days.  "This is all a sign that Jesus is coming back at any moment."  Is this true?  No.  The Bible doesn't say that a great pandemic will break out right before the return of Christ.

Do not be alarmed by the end-times-crazies.  Every time something bad happens in the world -- bad weather, an earthquake, a tsunami, a war, a pandemic, persecution, 9/11, Y2K, the election of Obama, the legalization of gay marriage -- these people sound the alarm that this is the final sign that Jesus is going to return at any moment.  This is nothing new.

The end-times-crazies are either ignorant of history, or very forgetful.  They ignore the fact that there have been horrible world wars, plagues, epidemics, earthquakes, and persecutions since the beginning of the world.  If you think this is bad, imagine how horrible it must have been to be a Christian in the first two centuries when they …

Is The Family-Integrated Church Right For You?

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A family-integrated church (like Church Acadiana) keeps the family together.  It does not have the typical age-segregated ministries that separate kids from their parents such as children's church and youth group.  It is believed that the church can better reach and disciple children by keeping them with their parents and the church at large.

How do you know if the family-integrated church is right for you?

Are you passionate about reaching your children for Christ?Do you feel called to teach your kids about God rather than outsourcing to someone else?Are you deeply concerned that the majority of kids who grow up in church leave after high school?Are you concerned that you do not know all that your children are being taught in Sunday school, or how engaged they are?Are you concerned that your children may pick up some bad habits from the other kids in Sunday school or youth group?Do you enjoy sitting next to your child in church?Are you willing to teach your child to behave in chu…