Archive for March 18th, 2010

TRAINING FOR GROWTH – Cliff Barrows

Cliff Barrows (of Billy Graham Team) said this

An athlete, in order to be a champion, comes under the discipline of training. We ought not do anything less in our walk with the Lord. We discipline our thought lives, our relationships with others. We’re so busy now and bothered by so many things, but we need to spend time being alone with the Lord. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” There’s power in that silence. There’s strength in that silence. There’s closeness in that silence. Silent times can be some of the most precious times, but it takes discipline to do that.

When we’re born again, it has a parallel to physical birth. You have to feed a baby. The baby has to grow. I can think of no better advice for young believers than to develop a habit of reading five Psalms a day and one chapter of Proverbs a day and then meditating on them.

The Book of Psalms covers our walk with God day by day. There isn’t a situation in your life that is not covered in some measure in the Psalms. You’ll often find, as I have and Mr. Graham has, that it will touch on the very problem you are concerned about that day.
The Book of Proverbs deals with our relationships with people. We work on our relationship with God, the vertical relationship, and the Lord enables us through His Word in Proverbs to put it to action in the horizontal, reaching out into the community around us.

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER –GOSSIPERS

GOSSIP –SPEAKING GOSSIP OR LISTENING TO GOSSIP WHICH IS WORSE?

Job 15:1   The Message
[ Eliphaz Attacks Again ] [ You Trivialize Religion ] Eliphaz of Teman spoke a second time: “If you were truly wise, would you sound so much like a windbag, belching hot air?

Would you talk nonsense in the middle of a serious argument, babbling baloney? Look at you! You trivialize religion, turn spiritual conversation into empty gossip.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.

Proverbs 16:27
Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.
Prov 17:4 (the Message)4 Evil people relish malicious conversation;
   the ears of liars itch for dirty gossip.

Some people pride themselves on not speaking any gossip…but their friends are gossipers and they listen, listen….listen to gossip.

Is speaking gossip and listening to gossip just as evil?