Did You Know?

Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!

 

I’m rubber, your glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!

 

I know you are but what am I?

 

Talk to the hand, ‘cause the face isn’t listening!

Childhood rhymes, all with a similar, overarching theme.  They are uttered by children as a way to protect themselves against harsh words.  As we follow the advice in 1 Corinthians 13:11b, when I became a man I put away childish things, we stop saying such rhymes as we grow up, as we have discovered other ways of dealing with harsh words, but the lessons those rhymes taught often remain - we must protect ourselves from harsh words.

 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.  How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  (James 3:3-9, ESV)

 

We may like to deny it, or even ignore it and bury it, but words have power!  Words can hurt and empower, words can destroy and create, words can motivate and manipulate, words can teach and instruct, words can heal and reveal.  Words have power!  Far more power than is often credited to them.  

 

Mastering our tongue - our words - is one of the most difficult things to do.  James argues that it is impossible.  We cannot tame our tongue with a bit, as we would a horse.  A rider uses a bit to guide a horse, just as a rudder steers a ship.  So to, do our words, offered through one of our smallest, yet mightiest muscles, guide our actions, our attitudes, and our direction in life.  Words have power!  And it is a constant battle to maintain control over them.  But it is not a battle in vain!  It pleases the Lord and, when won, we use our tongue to glorify Him!

 

The Lord remembers our words, just as we do.  We all remember that cutting insult made towards us.  We may have laughed it off, outwardly pretended we did not care, but the insult lasted.  Years later those words still affect part of your life.

 

On the flip side, we all remember that person in our lives who motivated and encouraged us.  That person who made us strive for more, become someone better than who we were.  Years later those words still affect part of your life. 

 

How have words made you the person you are today?

 

Throughout 2018, The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries is going to examine the Power of Words, both good and bad.  We will post our first study on January 7, 2018.  Beginning in February, we will post a new study on the first of each month.  The studies will include examples from the Bible and recent events to show that words have always held power and continue to do so!  During this study, we challenge you to examine your own words and reflect upon the power your words are exerting!

 

Words have power!

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