“In the beginning”

“My Father who art in heaven”

“We hold these truths to be self evident”

“I have a dream”

“I do”

“I pledge allegiance”

“Never, never, never, never give up”

Words are important.

Words start nations, start wars, start movements, start families.

With our words we choose to bless or curse, to love or to hate, to give up or go on.

I’ve been parked in the book of James lately. I can’t get away from it. It’s everywhere in my mind, my heart, my books, my radio, my church. Words change things, especially God’s Word. Jesus is the Word. In the beginning was the word. The word is God. The word is with God.

Consider these holy words:

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.”

Do you get it?

Our tongues aka our words are powerful. Just like the rudder on a ship, our words chart our course. Our words set our destination. Winds and storms of life come upon us. A phone call. An email. A text. Bam. Out of the clear blue sky. Everything shifts. It was this, but now this!  Look at our verse. The winds and storms of life threaten to blow us off course, but what keeps us tracking? The rudder of words. Words. Our words. We stay the course when God’s word become our words.

What we speak into the storms of life makes a difference. We can go forward or join the fray. We can walk on in faith or join the destruction.

Into the storms of life speak, plant, pray, say, pour, splash, shout His Word.

Healing words.

Helping words.

Holy words.

Speak His words.

Mary Kane

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Do the Words You Use Bring Life?


“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Think about the words you’ve used and the words you’ve heard. How have words shaped you? How many words inspire our imaginations to be more than what we are?

If it wasn’t for a man understanding the power of the imagination and the connection with words, we may never have had Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Men, or The Avengers. Science Fiction began in the mind of a man who wanted to do something different—blend Science with literature. Mix imagination, with words, and you get a place where people come alive.

This young man actually went off to college to be a lawyer. That’s what his dad wanted. After all, dad was a lawyer. Off to Paris with a Juris Doctor in his future—his star was burning bright. But something changed.

The son fell in love with Literature. He loved books, not for memorization, but for inspiration. He fell in love with words.

Words are a powerful tool. Think how a kind word changes your day. How someone’s smile and gratefulness can brighten your morning and add meaning to your life. But think too of words that cause harm.

Life comes from words. And hearts who want to help others are the ones that God blesses. Wasted words, either written or spoken, have no place in a spirit who wants to soar.

In 1863, while the United States was involved in Civil War, our young author wrote his first best selling novel. It was called, Five Weeks in a Balloon. It sparked the imagination of people worldwide. It launched what was called “Scientific Fiction.” That book was a best seller, but not his biggest book.

His words opened up the idea of traveling places not yet even thought of before. He wrote
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, From The Earth To The Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, and then Around The World In 80 Days.

We may never travel to the center of the earth, but why would a novelist have a vision to write From The Earth To The Moon. Would we have walked on the moon without that spark of imagination by a book written more than a hundred years earlier?

In 1954 the United States Navy launched the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, named for the famous fictional submarine Nautilus. Would we have launched our submarines without 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea?

Would we have looked to space if this man would have become a lawyer? Would Gene Roddenberry write Star Trek, or would George Lucas write about the battle of good and evil in Star Wars? Would we reach for the heavens without an author born in 1828?

This young man said it himself, “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.” Jules Verne

Words. Words breed dreams. And a life without dreams is no life at all. C.S.Lewis wrote, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

Dreams build hope. Hope that tomorrow can be better. Hope that God is working together for our good. Hope that our families will be taken care of and the world can get better in spite of all the harmful words.

How are your words? Do they inspire? Do they bring hope for life?

Keep Looking Up!

Pastor Rodney

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Why Be Careful With Our Words?


With the ascent of social media, many people aren’t thinking about the words they use. We can say and react to things instantly. That is not a good thing.

James announces to the church why we must be careful with our words.

“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.” James 4:11

Here the Bible issues a command. This is speaking about brothers and sisters in Christ.

James preached more about the words we use and our motives behind the words than any other book of the Bible. We all know that malicious gossip is sin and complaining or grumbling is wrong, but let me take this a step farther.

Too many times we slander without ever noticing we are doing it.

For example, someone says, “Pastor we really need to pray for so and so.” Then they tell me the whole story, how I should pray, what they think so and so should do, and the reason so and so is in this situation. They conclude with; “I’m telling you all this so you know how to pray for them.”

In 1Peter 2:1 the Bible used the same word, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

We are commanded to not slander one another. This word means to backbite, complain, censor, grumble, gossip, or to lower a person’s reputation in the eyes of another.

In Numbers 12:2 we are first introduced to gossip. It was a family affair. Moses was leading God’s people and his sister Miriam thought she should be in charge.

In the book, Why Churches Die, Mac Brunson and Ergun Caner make the following statement; “Gossip is never isolated. First Moses leadership was questioned, and then his leadership was attacked. Even if gossip begins in innocence, it becomes malicious. Gossip divides. One can hear Miriam’s rationale that she could lead just as easily as Moses. How did she implant that belief in the hearts of the Israelites? By gossip. Gossip builds up the perpetrator by tearing down the victim. Miriam questioned Moses leadership and implicitly placed herself on equal ground with Moses.”

Let’s remember Miriam was the first child and Moses was the baby of the family. Being the baby and having a big sister I can relate. Does this ever happen in your family? What about long-time church members?

God’s Word takes it farther. The Bible says if we speak this way, we slander the law of God and we become a judge of the law of God. What God is saying here is when we do this we are a substitute for God’s Word.
Pride sets in and we become a critic of the Bible itself.

We then aren’t fulfilling the law of God in our lives. And because of our pride, we are caught in sin. We aren’t following God’s Word. We are judging God’s Word in how it applies to everyone else.

What’s the answer?

Do what Jesus said about judging in Matthew 7:3-4, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”

Jesus is saying make sure your right with God and let God be first in your life. When we do that we realize God is big enough to straighten out everyone else, and He doesn’t need our help.

Keep looking Up!

Heaven is closer than you think.

May God bless your day.

Pastor Rodney

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