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Malicious Words

Redbird's Roost

“A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.” Prov. 15:4 (NASB)
“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others, than by what others say about him.” Lee Aiken

I grew up on a farm. Cousins and friends were always coming out to visit and we loved to venture into the woods to explore. There was a lot of polkweed that grew along the creek, and being boys, the first thing we would do would be look for those polk plants.
Polkweed has berries. We would pick the berries, build little forts and have polkberry fights. We would throw the berries at each other as we were sheltered in our forts, and if someone was hit it would leave a purple stain.
When we returned home, everybody knew what we had been doing. Needless to say, we were in…

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Good Character

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not marble.
Charles Spurgeon

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 153

“No one, after lighting a lamp, covers it with a basket or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand so that those who come in may see the light. For nothing is concealed that won’t be revealed, and nothing hidden that won’t be made known and come to light. Therefore, take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.”
Luke 8:16-18 (HCSB)

Who Would Dare Preach As Jesus Preached

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB)
We who profess to be children of God, born of His Spirit and washed in His blood, should display the humility of Christ in our daily lives. But meekness and humility must not be mistaken for lack of conviction and character.
Jesus spoke out against religious hypocrisy in language so burning, so full of fire and scorching denunciation, as can be found nowhere except in the twenty-third chapter of Matthew. The only people He could not get along with were the scribes, Pharisees, chief priest, and elders. He denounced them as “whitewashed tombs”–clean on the outside, but full of dead men’s bones and corruption within. The compassionate, meek, humble Christ used language that fell with tremendous, powerful vibrations of indignation as He pronounced woes upon the religious pretenders of His day. Again and again He cried out, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” He called them “serpents” and “generation of vipers.” The hardest sermons this world has ever heard were preached by the humble, loving, tender Son of God. “No man ever spoke like this Man”–wonderful words of life, words that could bring sight to the blind, cleansing to the leper, life to the dead–and yet “no man ever spoke like this Man” against religious hypocrisy–“blind guides leading the blind.” No other man would dare preach as Jesus preached.

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