Words are powerful. God said, “Let there be,” and there was (Genesis 1:3). Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Human words aren’t that powerful when compared to the words of God, but they are impactful.
Gossip seems like a necessary part of our everyday life. Gossip flourishes at every level of society. It seems to be an “acceptable sin.” We cannot protect ourselves against it because it has no name and no face. Gossip conceives suspicion and generates grief. It’s cruel and malicious. Gossip has no respect for justice. It maims without killing. It breaks hearts and ruin lives. The more people quote it, the more they believe it. Its victims are helpless. It is worse than ISIS and Ebola. Once gossip tarnishes a reputation, it is never the same. Gossip wrecks churches and separates Christians.
Here is an acronym to consider when it comes to what you are going to say: T H I N K.
T–Is it true?
H–Is it helpful?
I–Is it inspiring?
N–Is it necessary?
K–Is it kind?
If what we are about to say does not pass those tests, we would do well to remember the advice many of our mothers gave us: “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Proverbs 17:9 says, He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
So, if the words you’ve said leave you feeling defeated and ashamed, here are some incredibly powerful words from God who is the God of Words: “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool,” (Isaiah 1:18).
These are needed, powerful, and life-saving words!
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
CURRENT SERIES – Rest for the Stressed
ICYMI – Last week, Pastor Bill assured us that, no matter what, God’s holding us tight and not letting us go. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – Pastor Bill will wrap up our Rest for the Stressed series with a message to help you get recharged. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Service Time Change – Starting this Sunday, we will adjust our service times on Sunday mornings to 9:00am and 10:30am. We are switching up the service times to accommodate visitors while still serving the needs of our members. Mark your calendars, and please share social media posts with information about the time change.
Back to School, Back to Church – As the kids get ready to start the school year, make plans to join us on September 9 at 9:00 or 10:30am to get back in the church routine. We will have a special gift and a back-to-school blessing for our children, a celebration of our Country Dale Elementary Adopt-A-Classroom project, and a fall kick-off for our new small group opportunities. Click here for more information on this special service.
Adopt-A-Classroom – Victory of the Lamb continues its partnership with Country Dale Elementary this school year with Adopt-A-Classroom. We are looking for members to sponsor classrooms in $25 increments. Teachers will use these funds to purchase materials and supplies for classrooms and students. This opportunity ends on September 2, and we still have 10 classrooms to fund. Click here to get involved in this partnership.
Parsonage Painting – The work on the parsonage is almost complete! The rooms on the main level still need a final coat of paint. If you are able, please join the crew of painters at the parsonage (7707 W. Plainsview Drive, Franklin) on Wednesday, 9/5 between 6 and 9pm or Friday, 9/7 between 12 and 4pm. Please contact Ron if you plan to come paint on either or both dates.
Jesus Jamz – If you are a musician and have an interest in joining the Victory band, this is your opportunity! Jesus Jamz is on Friday, September 7 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Ministry Center. This event provides potential worship leaders with an opportunity to try out their musical skills in this low-risk setting and get to know other musicians. If you sing or play an instrument and are over 18, you’re invited to join in the fun. Click here to register.