According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Tongue


My heart overfloweth with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.~ Psalms 45:1

The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught. ~Isaiah 50:4

Bible Verses Tongue - is Fire

My heart was hot within me; While I was musing the fire burned: [Then] spake I with my tongue:~ Psalms 39:3

And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.~ James 3:6

Who have said, with our tongue will we prevail; Our lips are our own: who is lord over us? ~ Psalms 12:4

How to deal with your tongue

Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking guile. ~ Psalms 34:13

I said, I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me.~ Psalms 39:1

Let my tongue sing of thy word; For all thy commandments are righteousness. ~ Psalms 119:172

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles.~ Proverbs 21:23

In the covert of thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings of man: Thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongue. ~ Psalms 31:20

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of Praise

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing: Then said they among the nations, Jehovah hath done great things for them. ~ Psalms 126:2

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; [And] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.~ Psalms 51:14

I cried unto him with my mouth, And he was extolled with my tongue.~ Psalms 66:17

And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness [And] of thy praise all the day long. ~ Psalms 35:28

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of truth

The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment. ~ Proverbs 12:19

The tongue of the righteous is [as] choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth. ~ Proverbs 10:20

Bible Verses Tongue - Wise Instrument

The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools poureth out folly. ~Proverbs 15:2

There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health.
~Proverbs 12:18

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue. ~ Proverbs 31:26

Thy lips, O [my] bride, drop [as] the honeycomb: Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is...

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of Life

A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. ~ Proverbs 15:4

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ~ Proverbs 18:21

By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh the bone. ~ Proverbs 25:15

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of Justice

The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom, And his tongue speaketh justice. ~ Psalms 37:30

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long; For they are put to shame, for they are confounded, that seek my hurt. ~ Psalms 71:24

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of Violence

Destroy, O Lord, [and] divide their tongue; For I have seen violence and strife in the city. ~ Psalms 55:9

So they shall be made to stumble, their own tongue being against them: All that see them shall wag the head. ~ Psalms 64:8

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of Lying

For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit have they opened against me: They have spoken unto me with a lying tongue. ~ Psalms 109:2

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death.
~ Proverbs 21:6

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of mischief and Perversion

His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression: Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.~ Psalms 10:7

An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. ~ Proverbs 17:4

He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. ~ Proverbs 17:20

The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance. ~ Proverbs 25:23

They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. ~ Psalms 73:9

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of provocation

For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against Jehovah, to provoke the eyes of his glory . ~ Isaiah 3:8

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue muttereth wickedness. ~ Isaiah 59:3

Bible Verses Tongue - Instrument of War

They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; Adders` poison is under their lips. Selah ~ Psalms 140:3

In the covert of thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings of man: Thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongue. ~ Psalms 31:20

Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words, ~ Psalms 64:3

My soul is among lions; I lie among them that are set on fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword. ~ Psalms 57:4

And they bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith Jehovah. ~ Jeremiah 9:3

Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. ~ Jeremiah 18:18

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness which is of me, saith Jehovah. ~ Isaiah 54:17

Bible Verses Tongue - As Instrument of deception

Deliver my soul, O Jehovah, from lying lips, [And] from a deceitful tongue. ~ Psalms 120:2

Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he layeth wait for him. ~ Jeremiah 9:8

For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. ~ Micah 6:12

The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. ~ Zephaniah 3:13

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