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11-21-2017         Thanksgiving Is A Mouthful

“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV). Surely we can see that filthy, smutty, dirty language that spews from a person’s heart cannot be canceled out by an hour or a day of “thanksgiving.”  Jesus made this very clear when He said: “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NKJV). “Thanksgiving” should not be confined to a day, but to a way of life, and a change of heart. David said: “I will wash my hands in innocence…That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving” (Psalm 26:6-7 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#filthy-language

Be careful big mouth what you say

A children’s song reminds the kids to be careful where they let their little feet go, what they let their little hands do, what they let their little ears hear, their little eyes see, and their little mouth say. The last is especially important as they learn to fine-tune their ever-expanding vocabulary.

But what about those of us whose mouths that are just a little bigger? You know, those of us who know exactly what the word means every time we say it! Well, there are songs such as “Angry Words” that definitely bring the point home. But, at least to me, one good way to remember what our words sound like to ears other than our own is to imagine what they would sound like if little mouths were saying them.

To some, this technique may sound childish, but honestly, what’s more childish: adult language, or trying to avoid the big trouble that our big mouth can get us into?

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” (James 1:26)

#awareness, #filthy-language, #oaths, #spiritual-influence, #the-tongue

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1-29-2015           “The American Sniper”

“The American Sniper” tells about Chris Kyle in the on-going Gulf Wars, how his devotion to America sustained him through the horrors of war, effects on his personality, and strain on his home-life. He fought to protect a society that had no “sniper” to protect him! Despite the grim war scenes depicted, the militarily-filthy the language, and the stark ending, the movie has broken all box office records for a January. Americans hunger to hear of someone who can protect them. David said: “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” (Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#american-sniper, #filthy-language, #protection, #war