Today's Devotions

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Showcase: The Holy Spirit

  • A Sanctuary for the Holy Spirit +

    In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will guide your paths. Proverbs 3: 6. It is a bit of a Read More
  • I Believe in the Holy Spirit +

    The I Believe series, of which Rector Michael Green is the editor, illustrate basic Christian teaching in practical, understandable language. Read More
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SteveTamayoTremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say.

Without Jesus we are doomed to miscommunication at best, enmity at worst; with him our speech is transformed.

MY STUPID MOUTH

Street Level Faith

James 3:3-12

Steve Tamayo

Our stupid mouths get us into trouble

 Misunderstandings 

Misstatements 

Unwise commitments

The tongue is powerful – James 3:5b-6

 A single spark can start a forest fire 

Our words can have huge negative consequences  Those consequences can impact us for a long, long time Whoever controls our tongues controls us – James 3:3-5a

 Two illustrations from James: a horse/bit and a ship/rudder

 Whoever controls your tongue controls you

 Who controls your tongue? A Parable Our struggle for control – James 3:7-8

 James claims we can’t tame our tongues

 Do we believe him? Switch

 Direct the Rider, Motivate the Elephant, Shape the Path

 Science can help us control our tongues … but only briefly and unreliably

 If changing behavior is easy, why is taming your tongue so tough? The search for single-origin speech – James 3:9-12

 Look at the likeness (verse 9) o What does it mean that we’re made in God’s likeness? o

What does God do with his speech? 

Commit to the search (verse 10) 

Call it what it is (verse 11-12) 

The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart How do we develop single-origin speech?

 

http://www.chathamchurch.org/mediaPlayer/#sermonaudio/433

 

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
  • A focus on blessing others +

    We are called to be a blessing to the world first to those around us. Read More
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