Friday, May 22, 2015

Week 6: Friday we are.  Our last post.  I truly hope that this study enriched your life and your journey with Christ.

I would like to close with a prayer the Karen Ehman has for us at the end of her study guide.

"Father, please bring to this sweet reader's memory what we have learned together during this study.  Help them to know what it means to be angry but not sin.  To not let the sun go down while they still harbor even a slight pinch in their heart toward anyone.  To be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to become angry.  May they make it their aim to give a soft answer, thereby helping to stop a family fight before it starts.  Enable them to be selfless and humble rather than selfish and haughty.  May they zip their lips when they know they are beginning to gossip.  Empower them to avoid godless chatter and instead speak only with a reverent purpose.  May their words not become a spark that sets off a wildfire of regret.  Help them to notice the one who least expects to be noticed, changing a life history with their encouraging words.  May they build up and not break down. And most importantly, will you tap them on the heart and remind them of the truth that You see everything, Father?  They so want to please you.  Will you help them do just that?  Assist them in keeping the lines of divine communication open.  May they continue to learn how and when to their mouth shut while they keep their heart wide open to You.  In Jesus' Name,  Amen"

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Week 6: Thursday

Take the next few days to think about many areas in which you may be tempted to use your words in a wrong manner.  Or to speak when you should keep your lips zipped.  Or perhaps the opposite--to fail to speak up when you should.  Choosing just one or two areas, write out your goals in the form of an honest prayer to God about each area.  Be specific, mentioning situations, places, or people.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Week 6: Wednesday

Of all the stories, examples, Scripture passages, and conversations during the course of our study, which one has clung to your heart and mind?  Why?

Share with us below!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Week 6: Tuesday

Think back on your life before you started this study.  On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being never and 10 being always) what would you have given yourself when it comes to how often your words lined up with the teachings of Scripture?

Has that number changed at all?  Or do you have a desire to see that number change?  Explain...

Let's not let the progress we've made together over our time together just melt away.  Let's aspire to use our mouths with godly purpose.

To build....not to break

To bless.....not to badger

To encourage....not to embitter

To praise....not to pounce

You with me?
Keep it Shut p. 203

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week 6: As Sweet as Honey: Wonderful Ways to Use Your Words

Wow!  Well,  We made it.  This is the last week of our online study together.  It is so hard to believe.  As we finish up our book this week,  I want you to give you this week's memory verse.
This week we will be reading Chapters 10 &11

On Monday; Watch the video, reflect with the notes on the blog and comment to a question in the comments box.

On Tuesday through Thursday- Respond to some daily questions

On Friday; We close with prayer and please let us know what you thought by responding to our survey.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Week 5: Friday

Let's close out our week with some readings for you to do on your own.

Read the following verses and note your thoughts about the light they shed on anger.  The list is long, but don't hurry through it.  Split these questions over two or three days if you need to in order to let the full weight of each verse sink into your heart and solidify in your mind.

  • Psalm 37:8
  • Proverbs 22:24
  • Proverbs 30:33
  • Ecclesiastes 7:9
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6
  • Ephesians 4: 31-32
  • Colossians 3:8
  • Proverbs 29:22
  • Ecclesiastes 5:6 (The first sentence of the verse)
  • Matthew 5:22
  • Proverbs 15:18
  • Proverbs 17:14
  • Proverbs 17:19
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Week 5: Thursday

What is the most important lesson or fact about anger from this study that you want to allow to alter your thinking, your behavior, or your speech?  How would you say it in a sentence?  Share it below in the comment section.  Once you have your sentence, program your phone or computer to send it to you a week or two from now.  When it arrives, evaluate yourself to see if you have made any progress in this area.

Enjoy this midweek musical snack from LeCrae....(For our "younger" crowd)