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Sticks and Stones – Week 2

Sticks and Stones – Week 2

“Sticks and Stones

November 10th – 13th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

“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.”

Ephesians 4:29


  • People’s words can leave a mark.


Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

Proverbs 11:11


“Damage Control”

  1.    Consider the source.

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  By their fruit you will recognize them.”

Matthew 7:15-16a

“A scoundrel plots evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.”   

Proverbs 16:27

“The lips of the wise spread knowledge . . .”

Proverbs 15:7a

  1.   Know the truth.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

“Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”

Proverbs 24:6

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

  1.   Look to Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

. . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6


Action Step:   This week I will thank Jesus for taking away that label.


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