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In the following video, famed neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson, gives a noteworthy speech at the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington DC on Thursday, February 7, 2013.  He refused to be politically correct, and actually spoke out about its dangers during his speech.  He gave brilliant solutions to America’s educational, economic, and health care problems that will hopefully not be swept under the rug and forgotten.  Dr. Carson is a strong man of God, and he wasn’t afraid to speak the truth, even with the President and First Lady sitting just a few feet away.  This is a definite must-see.

 

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This is an awesome live performance by Israel Houghton of the song “Our God.” 

Be blessed!

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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

~ Proverbs 25:11 ~

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Words have power.  They can make or break a person.  They can breathe life or death into a situation.  With the right words, people will give a sigh of relief.  With the wrong ones, their whole world could come crashing down.  Yes, words are very powerful.

The above verse gives the analogy of words being like “apples of gold in settings of silver.”  How would a person feel if they were served beautiful golden apples on a silver platter?  Honored, maybe?  So, this verse is alluding to us honoring or showing respect to others with the words we speak.

Ephesians 4:29 tells us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Not only is this speaking of not using foul language, but it’s also talking about how we speak to others.  Do we lift others up with our words, or do we tear them down?  Do we give hope… or discouragement?

Here’s a short prose by William Arthur that gives some insight into how our words really may affect others:

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.
Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
 

Why not make it a point to honor others with the words we speak?  Ours may be the only voice of kindness some people will ever know.

Just something to think about…

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1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

                                                                                       ~ Psalm 46          

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1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

                                                           ~ Psalm 27 (King David)

 

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I once heard a message by a gentleman who regularly speaks at the Friday night Bible study I attend.  Most of his teachings are “object lessons” and he frequently uses props to illustrate his points.  This time was no different.

Before he started this particular message, he had each of us in attendance reach into a bag and pick out a small stone.  I had no idea where this was going, but I readily complied, as did the rest of the people there that evening.

With our stones in hand, we sat and listened to a most captivating message based on Numbers 20:11.  This passage of scripture says, “And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.” He made a point of emphasizing the fact that God was able to do the impossible.  He made water come out of a rock!

He went on to talk about how sometimes we get discouraged because we don’t feel like we’re able to do things for God – that we feel inadequate and that we don’t quite measure up.  He quoted other passages of scripture that tell us basically that nothing is impossible for God – that He can do anything and use anybody for His purposes!  I wish I could remember the other verses he mentioned, but one thing he said stood out to me and will be etched in my heart and mind for as long as I live – words so powerful that they still help me to this day when I think of them.  He said:

“If God can get water out of a rock, imagine what He can get out of you.”

I just sat there in astonishment at the rich deepness of that statement.  “If God can get water out of a rock,” I whispered in my mind, “imagine what He can get out of … me!”  That was a definite “Aha!” moment!

I still have my small stone.  I keep it in a makeup bag in my purse, and wherever my purse goes, that stone goes!  And when I reach into the bag to grab my lipstick or some other cosmetic … and when I see or feel that stone, I remember those very poignant words which were spoken that night.

Maybe those of you reading this will consider getting your own small stone to remind you that God can use anybody to accomplish His purposes.  If He can get water out of a rock, nothing is impossible for Him!  Not even you!

Be blessed!

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