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Series: Beware of the Little Things 9/15/13
We all stumble in many ways, but one of our greatest challenges is our tongue. Who of us, in the heat of the moment, has not said something that we immediately wished we could take back? Our problem with the tongue is multifaceted. It is not just angry words. It is prideful words, malicious words (ie: gossip, slander, condemnation, judgement, criticism, sarcasm), and hurtful and unkind words that reject, depreciate, or put others down.

Is it any wonder that the wisdom writer says “When words are many, sin is not lacking” (Prov 10:19). There is so much opportunity to sin with our tongue every day. In fact, research indicates that we spend approximately 1/5 of our life talking (approx. 15 years). Someone has said that each day the average person fills a 50 page book with their words. That’s a lot of talking and a lot of opportunity for sin. This is why James’ teaching on the tongues is so very important for everyone of us today.

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The Truth About Lies

Series: Beware of the Little Things 9/8/13

Lying is another one of those “little foxes” that we tend to overlook, but it has grievous consequences. God takes lying very seriously, so much so that it made the top ten list of “Thou Shalt nots” – the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:16). It also made the list of seven things God hates (Prov 6:17). Rev 21:8 says, “. . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.”

God hates lying because it is diametrically opposed to God’s character: Hebrews 6:18 says that it is impossible for God to lie. Everything God says is true (Jn 17:7). As Christians our lives must reflect the character of God. If we are truly his children, then we must bear our father’s nature.

Lying is easy, but the truth is difficult at times. Sometimes the truth is costly. Do you tell the truth even when it costs? Today we want to look at the truth about lies, we want to see what the Bible really has to say about lying.

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Series: Beware of the Little Things

9/1/13
Jesus told a story of 2 men who went to church (the temple). One was a highly respected Pharisee, a spiritual leader, and the other a despised tax collector. As Jesus introduces the characters, the people probably expected the Pharisee to the be the hero and the tax collector the villain. But Jesus shocks them with the outcome, when He declares that the tax collector is the one who is justified in God’s eyes. Then He states the spiritual principle: v14b “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus warns of the danger of pride.

Pride is extremely dangerous because of how deceptive it is, and the people who are proudest are the least likely to admit that they are proud. CS Lewis, called pride “the Great Sin,” "the worst of all vices" because, "it comes direct from Hell." It creeps into our religious life by the devil himself. He wants us to be secure in our own selves,” self-sufficient, rather than relying upon God.

As we look at the story Jesus told, it reveals several important truths about pride.

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