THE TONGUE OF LIFE - THE TONGUE OF DEATH
Those who cannot subdue their tongue will be ruled by it. The tongue gives life or delivers death. It can be a savage and vicious master. The tongue of death is GOSSIP.
Gossip says I have no respect of justice. It breaks hearts and ruins lives. It is cunning and malicious, and gathers strength with age. The more gossip is quoted, the more it is believed. It flourishes everywhere.
Gossip’s victims are helpless to protect themselves for gossip has no face. To track it down is impossible; the harder one tries the more elusive it becomes. Gossip has no friends only allies. Once tarnished the victim’s reputation is never quite the same.
Gossip topples governments, splits churches, wrecks marriages. It ruins careers, causes night sweats, hypertension and indigestion. It spawns suspicion and generates grief. It makes innocent people cry. Even the word hisses.
There’s office gossip, shop gossip, church gossip, party gossip. It makes headlines and heartaches. Before we repeat a story let us ask ourselves, Is it true? Is it fair? Is it even necessary? If not, let us stand silent!
Columnist George Will said, “Gossip is the democratic voyeurism of the masses.” Listening to gossip is like receiving stolen property.
It is true today as it has been throughout all of human history, small minds talk about people; average minds talk about events; big minds talk about ideas.
BEWARE OF THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE
As mature people with common sense, we would never think of crossing a busy street without first looking both ways. Whether walking or driving, we must focus on what we’re doing.
The same thing can be said for our journey through life. The armour used to protect ourselves is known as DECERNMENT. Some people are potential allies while others are potential enemies; some will benefit, others will harm us. We have all been stung by someone who cannot honour a confidence.
One of the character traits we should be looking for in others is truthfulness. Trust is a slow growth flower. Trusting prematurely is foolhardy. Having someone you can place your trust in is priceless! No amount of money can buy trust.
We have no friend or Ally in someone who will not share a truth and, better wounds from a friend than kisses from an enemy.
Along with the person who fails to be truthful and trustworthy, is the person who is always agreeable. At best, they do us no good, at worst they could be trying to manipulate us.
The third type person we want to be wary of is the person who sooths with flattering lips or has a boastful tongue. Where they are, deception is close at hand.
There are certain Immutable Laws of the Universe that never change, The Law of Gravity for example. If you throw a ball into the air it must come down. A waterfall never falls up.
The number one Law of the Universe is The Law of Divine Oneness: Everything that exists, seen and unseen, is connected to each other, inseparable from each other to a field of Divine Oneness, a Life Force or God.
Some people are using these laws, totally unaware of their power, and are living successful lives. Conversely, there are people who know of these laws, but fail to use them, and are living lives of quiet desperation.
One of these Devine Laws states that eventually everything hidden will come to light. Truth will bust out of the closet and be exposed for what it is. We’ve seen this happen in the political arena time and again as scandals are revealed.
We are currently witnessing this play out in Hollywood where the sordid tales of prominent stars, and some yet unknown hopefuls, are sharing their horrific testimonies concerning a mogul who, for over thirty years, failed to rein in his lust for sex and power.
Richard Foster, in his excellent book, Celebration of Discipline, writes about the three powers that have spirits of their own: Money, Sex and Power. Any one of these – or all – can chain us to our besetting sin. Once we choose to let go the reins on our passions, we sink into the mire of unbridled concupiscence. At this point we become an accomplice to the Prince of Rogues.
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IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN ANCIENT EGYPT AND OUR WORLD TODAY?
Might there be a correlation between the signs sent to Pharaoh of ancient Egypt, regarding letting the Hebrew slaves go free, and the fires, floods, destructive hurricanes and tragic events of the world today?
Each new sign sent to Pharaoh was more intense than the preceding one. Finally, because of Pharaoh’s stiff-necked stubbornness, God showed his burning anger by visiting death to the first born of every family in Egypt – including Pharaoh’s son – and even to the first born of every animal.
God will not be mocked. Because the United States is one of only seven nations allowing abortion past the 20-week mark, not to mention 58 million children losing their lives since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, are we provoking God’s wrath; are we soon to be called upon the scales to be found wanting?
Compound this with the flaunting of morality, especially in the unnaturalness of homosexuality, where lust is unrestrained; men burning for men, and women for women. Are our sins bringing retribution down upon our own heads? Is God, in fact, lifting his protective hand from our nation, the most favoured nation in history.
The thinking that life is a game; that freedom from restraint is the ultimate objective, reminds me of a boat full of carefree partygoers, floating down a river enjoying a lazy sunny afternoon sipping their mint julips and listening to a Mariachi band, totally oblivious to a roaring falls just ahead.
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THE CHOICE IS OURS
Taylor Benge was a self-proclaimed agnostic… until he came under fire at a Jason Aldean concert on a balmy Sunday evening in Las Vegas. He left the concert a firm believer in God.
There are basically three ways in which we come to have a relationship with God. All three involve God breaking into our lives. The first way that causes us to let God into our heart and life is through intellectual curiosity. Something moves us to search for answers through reading, research and asking questions.
The second way we come to God is through emotionalism; we hear a stirring message or a moving tribute at, say, a funeral. Our heart is stirred, we get a bubbly feeling inside. Unfortunately, this is usually ephemeral, lasting but a short period of time. We then go back to self-medicating the pain and confusion in our life.
The dramatic example of this happened after the twin towers came down on September eleven, 2011. Following that sad tableau, churches all over the country were packed, but then, after a short season, attendance fell off to the regular faithful.
The third way we come to the Lord is when we literally have the hell scared out of us. This happened to young Benge laying on the ground at a Las Vegas concert.
I once heard two friends talking the one saying, in a rather cavalier way, “Well, you only live once!” His wise friend thoughtfully replied, “No, you die once, you live forever.” The question isn’t so much how we die, but are we ready to die?’
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There is a man from history whose name causes revulsion in the minds and hearts of millions. They either shrink back when hearing his name, bristle with anger, or turn away in repudiation. They not only curse his name, but use his name as a curse. This name cuts to the quic, it divides friends, families, neighbors, marriages, even nations. The great mystery for many is why? Why does this particular name arouse so many diverse emotions? The reason is because it's the most power name in history, and continues to be so today. His name is Jesus (Saviour) Christ (the Annointed One). His name brings souls under conviction and into the light, But many are running from the light. The tradegy of this is eternal, for the longer we run away from the Son, the longer our shadow grows, until we are in complete darkness. The result is confusion, and confusion is a terrible place to be when considering our eternal destiny. We are either running from God or we are running towards God.
None of us got to choose our earthly father, out of who's loins, we came. But we all have a choice concerning our eternal Father. And, because God did not create automatons, the choice is soley ours.
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There are two kinds of people you will meet in any work environment: One gets by with the least amount of discredit, and the other does what's expected of them without any expectation of special recognition. The mediocre are always at their best, but the problem is that they inevitably become whiners and complainers. They now become expendable when the company has to tighten their belt. Why? Because these grumblers become brother to the saboteur. They're thiefs as surely as those who walk out with company rubber bands, tools, and other company property. They destroy unity which robs any company, church, organization, or nation of power. When unity is destroyed the power evaporates like water on a hot surface.
The one who is committed to excellence knows there are always three options open to them: They can choose to accept things as they are, or they can work to improve the situation, or, if they cannot accept policies that compromise their core values, they can elect to leave. They appreciate that no one has them shackled to the wall.
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GIVING YOUR UTMOST FOR YOUR HIGHEST
So many of us miss our highest by majoring in the minors. Don't stall your progress by giving yourself to an inferior purpose. make sure you're operating within your giftedness. People with a J.O.B. will always be outworked, out-earned, and outlasted by those willing to work for a purpose; to give themselves to something bigger than they are. These people have a "mission," They get up in the morning saying "Good morning, God," rather than, "Good god, it's morning!"
You could take any subject, the study of birds, the history of the American Civil War, investing wisely in Gold or Silver, the Bible, study everything you could find on that particular subject, and at the end of 90 days know more about that topic than ninety-five percent of the people alive in the world today! You could do that with your career.
Too many of our young people coming out of our colleges today want to start off at the top. Many others are in training for reighing, knowing that in getting to the top we have to take the staires, one step at a time.
Until we find that position most well suited to hour gifts and talents, we will wile away our life sitting in "The $100,000 a year chair"... dreaming of what could have been.
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WHERE YOU GO DETERMINES WHOM YOU MEET
WHOM YOU MEET DETERMINES HOW YOU THINK
HOW YOU THINK DETERMINES WHAT YOU DO
WHAT YOU DO DETERMINES YOUR DESTINY!
RUN WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS...
Remember our mother's injunction... "Don't run with the wrong kind of people. Well, there are actually four kinds of people we can choose to run with:
V.I.P.'s, V.T.P.'s, V.N.P.'s and V.D.P.'s
V.I.P.'s are Very Important People. Not that they're rich or well connected, but they are people who are doing the right things; we can learn and prosper from such people.
V.T.P.'s are Very Trainable or Teachable People. They have good attitudes, open minds and understand lines of authority. They want to better themselves and so, are receptive to impartation. They are part of the solution rather than part of the problem. They are a delight to manage or lead.
V.N.P.'s are Very Nice People. They are amiable and cooperative. They "go along" and are not overly ambitious. We might say they are the mortar that holds the stones together in an organization or company.
V.D.P.'s are Very Draining People. Born crying and had a relapse, they live complaining and in all probability will die disappointed. Their favourite expressions are: "I wish" and "If only." They bring good will and cheer. whenever they go.
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VICTORY BY DEATH
Too many people in America fail to grasp that jihad is much broader than terror. Jihad is a political movement. In the streets of London, Paris, New York, Rome, Moscow, Berlin, Muslims are spilling out of their Masques into the streets tying up traffic. This is a political move to demonstrate their power. We are in a clash between forced compliance of seventh century barbaric Sharia law, and twenty-first century civilization. In a military face-off between the United States and SIS, it would be a short contest, but the threat would not go away due to the much larger political movement.
The political is the major part of the radical Islamists Jihad. The Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic defines the term jihad as "fight, battle; a holy war (against the infidels, as a religious duty)." It is the most violent religion on earth. Why? Muhamad was a warrior who decreed that every Muslim should kill the infidel. It is a religion of death. We have never faced a committed enemy like this in our history; an enemy eager to gain victory by death. The jihadist yells, "Allah Akbar" which properly means "My Allah is greater than your God." It's a battle cry, like "we are number one." Their Allah is by no means the same as our God. Our God is a God of love, peace and life (John 1010). Nowhere in the Qur'an will you find the word love expressed towards the non-Islamic believer. The ultimate goal of Islam is one world under Allah.
Spain has ceded its rich Catholic traditions to the Muslims. It is now a Muslim country. Like Dearborn, Michigan, where five priests were recently stoned, there are "no go" areas in several states where non-Muslims venture at their own risk.
President Obama, in his attempt to remake America, attacked Christians by comparing them to the Crusaders who fought against the Ottoman empire in 1396 at the battle of Nicopolis. This only served to inflame the jihadist and widen the gulf between Muslims and the west. Our President has invested his full authority with Muslims in their attempts to overthrow governments in the Middle East. If not a declared Muslim, President Obama is an agent of Islam, a wolf in sheep's clothing. He has appointed members loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood to high levels in the Executive Branch of our government.
One would have to be a radicalized supported of President Obama, or be in their seventh year of a Rip Van Winkle hibernation, to let this escape them.
Our deliverance will come, not from the brightest most educated politician, I will come from God alone. In the Bible, in Zechariah, God is telling Zechariah that His word for Zerubbabel: "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
Only in transparency is there truth... and only in truth is there trust... and only in trust - is there life.
There are three kinds of people who avoid transparency at all costs: The insecure, the arrogant, and the devious. The insecure shun transparency for fear of judgment. The proud or arrogant shun transparency preferring to play life close to the vest. They distain openness as being dangerous, naÃ¯ve or weak. He who gives himself airs of importance, John Lavater said, exhibits the credentials of impotence. The devious are schemers - the prince of rogues - they see life as one big con game. Though a man of integrity may fall seven times he rises again, but schemers and connivers are brought down by their own hand.
Secrecy belies a fear to trust. To trust prematurely often leads to many wounds and sorrows. Trust is a slow growth flower and should not be hurried along by any sense of urgency. I prefer to walk with a man two to four years before I would trust him to be alone with my wife.
Security is part of a woman's DNA. I am persuaded that this acuity, this ability to "see through", gives a woman an advantage. Men have a tendency to want to get on with conquering the mountain. Sometimes they lock step with the unscrupulous. Greed can be a terrible master.
I was negotiating an agreement one time concerning the filming of a training program for a company. On the way home my wife said that she would not deal with this company based on the man they sent to represent them. I asked her why, and she said that whenever I asked him a question, he never looked me straight in the eye. She said that the eyes are the window to the soul. There needs to be a transition from the head to the heart, for what's in the heart, comes out of the mouth of man.
It wasn't until several months later that I learned her instincts were right. I have found that a man who fails to listen to his wife is profoundly foolish.
There's a story about a one eyed dog walking along a platform where people are waiting for an airport shuttle. Someone in the crowd calls out, "Look at that dog with one eye!" Five people cover one eye as that dog ambles on down the platform.
The point is that if you see the masses heading in a certain direction, be assured that in all probability, you should be heading in the exact opposite direction for the masses are almost always wrong. We need only look at how many people blindly go for a new fad, or are lulled into poor choices by some personality on television touting the merits of an amazing new gadget that can't stand the strain of unwrapping. Why is this? Why do people do this? Most people just don't want to use their thinker, they would rather follow the crowd believing there is safety in numbers.
Singer, Ron Kenoly, has a song on his CD, Whose Report Will You Believe? As I was speaking to a group of people recently, I said that we all have a propensity to follow someone or something, maybe a movement of some kind. Unfortunately, there is no one who is infallible; you follow a person long enough and you will see them tumble from their pedestal. We should respect all people but deify none.
No wise man walks alone, but, we have to be selective when choosing whom we come alongside of.
A man stopped by the local jewelry store every morning on his way to work so he could set his watch by the clock in the jeweler's window. After two years the owner of the jewelry store stepped out one morning to ask the man if he was thinking about buying the clock in his window. "No," the man said, almost apologetically, you see, I'm the supervisor at the plant down the street and I set my watch by the clock in your window so I know when to sound the noon whistle so all my workers know when to take their lunch break.
The jeweler shook his head in ironic disbelief saying, "I've been setting that clock in my window by the noonday whistle for two years." In the land of the blind, the one eyed man rules; just a little enlightenmentâ€¦ can be great power.
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A man once asked President Abraham Lincoln to appoint a certain man to a cabinet post. Lincoln said he didn't believe he could do that because the man didn't have a good face. "With all do respect," the man said, "the man had no choice in the matter; he cannot help the way he looks." Lincoln replied, "If a person is over forty they're responsible for their face."
Lincoln was telling the man that our attitude about life shows on hour face. One reason people go through life looking for all the world like they were weaned on a pickle - is because of ingratitude; might be a good idea to make a list of all hour blessings.
People miss promotions every day because they tramp through life with a hangdog look that tells people life has beaten them.
As a boy I was always curious about how the Lion tamer, armed with only a whip and a chair, controlled those big cats. How did he keep those big cats from leaping on him and munching him up? I thought his control might lie in the whip, but a Lion is scarcely intimidated by a man holding a whip. This would be like a 300 pound Gorilla trembling before a Nat.
The key to the Lion tamer's safety lies in the chair, not the whip. Holding the chair so the legs face the big cat, the cat is confused as to which leg to focus on and attack.
This is why many people don't accomplish very much in their lifetime. By failing to focus on one particular objective or goal, they go chasing after many things, never giving anything enough time or attention to blossom into success.
During WWII a cargo plane full of supplies was to drop them to waiting troops but due to rough weather was blown off course and dropped its cargo over a jungle village outside of the combat area. Not familiar with hearing aeroplanes overhead, the natives came out of their huts to find the sky abloom with parachutes. Some of the supplies were useful to the natives and some were not, but every day thereafter the natives came out of their huts at precisely the same time to look up, fully expecting more gifts from the sky.This is referred to as "cargo cult mentality." Many people suffer from this today; they hope to win the lottery, or wait for their inheritance. Other's wait patiently for some kind of federally funded assistance program.
In 1939 three light British warships cornered the powerful German pocket battleship, Graf Spee (Grof Spaay) in the harbor at Montevideo. Uruguay's law said she had to leave the harbor after twenty-four hours. Her master, Captain Hans Langsdorff, was misled by the British into believing there was a large British flotilla of warships waiting for him should he attempt to run for the open sea. He chose to scuttle his ship and commit suicide rather than contest with a phantom British fleet.
Our tendency is to make decisions in the middle of the matter... before finding out the facts.In a great number of failed suicide attempts the person realized within two weeks after the attempt, that the problem they faced was not as insurmountable as they first assumed. Make hast slowly.
An old carpenter informed his builder that he was retiring. The builder was sorry to hear this and asked if he would stay on for just one more houseâ€¦ as a personal favor. The old carpenter agreed but soon shoddy workmanship gave evidence that his heart was no longer in his work. When the builder came by to inspect the house he handed the front door keys to the carpenter. "This is your house" he said, "my gift to you for your excellent service all these years."
Like that carpenter we sometimes don't give our best effort; we take the line of least resistance.
Life is a do-it-yourself project. Your life today is the result of the attitudes and choices you made in the past. Your life tomorrow will be determined by the attitudes you choose and the choices you makeâ€¦ today.
Someone once parked a DeSoto, made by the Chrysler Corp., on the circular drive of the Ford Motor company's Headquarters building. After a week went by people began to take notice. "Who did the competitor's car belong to" they wondered. Another week went by. In a staff meeting someone brought it to Mr. Ford's attention and asked if he knew who the car belonged to. Mr. Ford said that it was his; he bought it. Startled, they asked why he would buy a competitors car and park it in front of his own headquarters building. Mr. Ford growled, "Because no one around here asked me to buy a Ford!"
He was driving home the important point that - if we want someone's business, we have to ask for it. Persistence is a lesson we can all learn from children.
Roy Campanella of the old Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, and one of the finest to ever play the game, was left paralyzed by an automobile accident in 1958. As he lay recovering in the hospital a mother brought her young son to see him and ask if he would sign her son's baseball. Campanella, in the depths of depression declined, saying that his hand shook so bad the boy probably wouldn't be able to read it. The little boy said, "That's O.K., Mr. Campanella, I'm blind anyway." Roy Campanella saidâ€¦ that was the day he stopped feeling sorry for himself.
All we need do is look around and see those struck down by debilitating diseases, accidents, or our recovering warriors who never give up; who grow in spite of the hand dealt them.