Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Freedom

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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ray ortlundHere are four categories of speech church leaders should keep in mind at all times:

1. Wisdom

Saying only Christ-honoring, life-giving things.

Always asking oneself, "Do the words I feel like saying rise to the level of wisdom? If not, they have no place in my mouth. Good intentions are not enough; leaders must show good judgment. I will hold myself to a strict standard, because Christ's honor and people's safety are at stake."

All the words of my mouth are righteous. Proverbs 8:8

2. Indiscretion

Well-intentioned, good-hearted, "loving" but unguarded words. A sincere desire to be helpful and consoling, but violating a personal boundary of information ownership. Indiscretion erodes people's willingness to "walk in the light" with honesty about their problems (1 John 1:7). As a result, indiscretion is a spiritually dampening power.

When words are many, transgression is not lacking;
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19

3. Gossip

This might include factually true information. But still, it should not be shared, for various reasons – for example, it might embarrass someone. Since gossip might not involve actual falsehood, gossips often don't realize how harmful they are.

. . . gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 1 Timothy 5:13

4. Slander

Deliberate falsehood, meant to harm and undermine and diminish someone's reputation, bearing false witness, cutting someone down to size, abusive transference.

Whoever utters slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18

If a church's leaders will hold themselves to the high standard of #1, it will be conducive to a gospel culture. Not that we leaders will always live up to this standard. But defining it clearly and winsomely will help make a church into a safety zone where sinners can get real with Christ and one another and start growing.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2014/01/22/safeguarding-your-church-as-a-gospel-culture/

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Favorites

  • Walking towards Easter: Jesus's Tears +

    These scriptures reflect the pain and suffering, the tears Jesus felt leading up to his crucifixion. Read More
  • Culitvating Good Fruit +

    Proverbs 15:23: To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good Read More
  • Living after Easter +

    Acts 1:8.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my Read More
  • Loving like Jesus and the good, good Father +

    Jesus calls his disciples--and us--to love. 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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