TRAGIC REMINDERS

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tragicremindersAs most of you know, tragedy unfolded at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN last Sunday when a twenty-five year old man named Emanuel Samson arrived at the church building as worship service came to a close and began shooting at churchgoers, both inside and outside the building, killing one and injuring 7 others. In the wake of this event I have been reminded of some biblical truths.

TONGUE CONTROL

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1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Our last spiritual exercise has to do with our words because what we say matters. Jesus highlighted the importance of our words when He said, “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Since we will give an account for our words and our words have the ability to condemn us, shouldn’t we exercises our tongues so that we eliminate sinful patterns of speech and promote Christlike patterns of speech? Therefore, in this weeks spiritual exercise we will look at how we can break negative speech patterns and how we can promote positive speech patterns.

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Tongue Control

The Discipline of Confession

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selfdiagnose bcoc1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

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Confession

Memorization

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memorization bcocMemorization is an exercise in which we frequently engage our children in order to promote the retention of important information. In the church, we encourage them to memorize the books of the Bible, useful biblical information such as the Ten Commandments, and sections of Scripture such as the 23rd Psalm or the model prayer. But does memorization have a place in the life of a mature Christian? Consider the fact that when Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-10), He combatted each temptation by quoting from a passage of Scripture from memory (Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:13, 16). In other words, Jesus was equipped to conquer temptation in part because of the practice of memorization. This week’s spiritual exercise will engage us in the practice of memorization so that we can be equipped with a ready recollection of God’s word just like Jesus.

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