Thursday, January 31, 2013

Encouragement for the Day

Have you ever messed up? I mean, really messed up? Do you wish you could wipe it all out as if it never happened? Check out these words from the mouth of God:

"I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again" (Isaiah 43:25, NLT).

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Why Cotton Ridge Church Is Awesome - It is not over-programmed

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/gospeldrivenchurch/2012/06/28/10-reasons-to-underprogram-your-church/

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Cutting Out the Gossip


Here's a summary of a great article by Rebecca Watson called "How To Stop Gossiping."

1. Define gossip.

I've always like Dave Ramsey's definition of gossip: "Discussing anything negative with someone who can't help solve the problem." Maybe your definition of gossip would also include positive comments of someone who isn't around. Determining how you define gossip establishes boundaries.

2. Redirect conversation.

Change the subject with someone who wants to gossip with you. If possible, connect the dialogue to something similar; it makes it less obvious.

Once the conversation has been steered away from gossip, it becomes more difficult to return there.

3. Stay quiet.

Not responding at all can be a very effective way to stop gossip. Most people get the message.

4. Empathize with the subject of gossip.

Turn the conversation to yourself or the person with whom you are talking. Nothing stops back-talk faster than recalling your own flaws. We’ve all got them.

5. Call it what it is.

If the other techniques haven’t worked, this one definitely will. You can soften it a bit by saying something like, "I'm trying to stop gossiping."

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Abortion and the Southern Baptist Convention

In the 70's and early 80's, the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention was led by those who actually backed abortion rights and led the convention in watering down its resolutions against abortion. Thanks to Jerry Pierce for this brief history on how the SBC finally came to grips with Scripture on the issue.

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