Good and evil on the inside

Posted By | September 23, 2019 1:51 pm

By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church

You can drive down any highway in America and read a church marquee or two from your driver’s seat. Some will have generic statements like “God answers kneemail,” or maybe they’ll have service times or coming events posted. However, the all-time best quotes are found on the inside, and they’re tucked away in a little place called the weekly church bulletin. Here are some of my favorites: “Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Church. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.” And of course this one is too good to pass, “Applications are now being accepted for 2- year-old nursery workers.” Now I’m not sure of the laws in other states, but, here in good ole Tennessee, we aren’t allowed to employ a toddler. And there’s nothing like a back-door entrance to help mask a self-esteem issue from one church’s bulletin, “Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7. Please use the back door.”

It doesn’t matter if we log comments on paper, advertise on church signs, post, Tweet, or Instagram, the message has the ability to bring life or promote death. Proverbs 18:21 gives clarity to this statement by showing us the inner struggle that exists between the desire to do right and the temptation for evil when it says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. But the wise author of this proverb not only reveals the struggle but also exposes the power that is acquired with each choice. He goes on to say that those who love it will eat its fruits. So given the enlightenment of this scripture and circling back to our own message, it’s evident that we will consume and become what we promote through our spoken word.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, so what are we empowering with our testimony? We have the opportunity in this lifetime to promote life but you may ask how that is accomplished and what is the difference. Speaking life into someone looks a lot like, affirmation, encouragement, faithfulness, and more. Put scriptures and prayer in the heart of any individual and powerful life-changing words will come forth as a result. On the other hand, words of death would look like gossip, jealousy, envy, covertness, control, and lies, to mention a few. You see, we have the power to build up or tear down by simply speaking – go figure.

What’s your testimony promoting? Let’s come together this month at Christpoint Church and work on our vocabulary. We will see you this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., on the square in Sparta. We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.

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