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Tongue

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Bridle That Tongue!

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BRIDLE THAT TONGUE! Mike Johnson Many are familiar with Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 15:8-9, where He says we can make our religion vain by “teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.  However, there is another way we can make our religion vain, which people may not be as familiar. James 1:26 says, “If anyone among […]

The Importance of Words And Thoughts (Ps. 19:14)

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The Importance of Words and Thoughts Mike Johnson (Psalm 19:14) Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” This verse is at the end of a magnificent Psalm.  In verses 1-6, the writer spoke about the […]

Profane & Vulgar Speech

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PROFANE AND VULGAR SPEECH Mike Johnson The use of vulgar and profane language is at an all-time high in our society today. Profanity is everywhere, and it is difficult to escape from it.  Without a doubt, the media (specifically television and the movies) has had a significant impact on the way people talk. “Hollywood” has […]

Put Away Lying (Eph. 4:25)

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Put Away Lying (Ephesians 4:25) Mike Johnson Ephesians 4:25 says, “Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another.”  This verse tells us Christians are to put away lying. The context shows the need to put off the “old man” and to put […]

Lying

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Lying Mike Johnson The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of lying. God disapproves of lying, and Christians should avoid it. The Old Testament frequently speaks of lying. Proverbs 16:17 makes it clear that a “lying tongue” is one of the things that the Lord hates. Further, Proverbs 12:22 says, “Lying lips are an abomination […]

Lie Not to One Another

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LIE NOT TO ONE ANOTHER Mike Johnson The sin of lying is prevalent.  However, this does not make it right.  A famous preacher, while preaching to a large audience, used as his text the story of Ananias and Sapphira and told how they lied, which resulted in God striking them dead.  The old preacher proclaimed, […]

Flattery

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FLATTERY Mike Johnson At a reception in Washington, a widow asked a young man to guess her age.  “You must have some idea,” she said, as he hesitated.  “I have several ideas,” he admitted with a smile.  “The trouble is that I hesitate whether to make it ten years younger on account of you looks, […]

A Useless Religion?

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A — USELESS RELIGION?  Mike Johnson James 1:26 says, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”           Do you know that our religion can become vain? First, Jesus pointed out that our worship is futile if […]

Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Wrath

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SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO WRATH  Mike Johnson In James 1:19, James addresses his “beloved brethren” and gives a vital warning. The verse says, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.“ Contextually, this appeal seems to refer mainly to our disposition […]

Bad Language

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Bad Language Mike Johnson Once a farmer drove his team of mules into town. He was very late in returning, so his wife asked him what had taken so long.  The farmer replied, “Well, on the way back, I had to pick up the preacher, and from then on, these mules didn’t understand one word […]

Bad Company

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Bad Company Mike Johnson There is a story about two parrots who lived near each other.  One often sang hymns while the other was addicted to swearing.  The owner of the latter obtained permission for it to associate with the former in the hope that its bad habit would be corrected.  Instead, the opposite happened […]