Your Words Have the Power of Life and Death

Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. (Romans 3:10) Think about the way you talked today. How did you use your words? Were they used to build up or tear down? To give life or kill? Paul writes that sinners (namely, everyone)…

More Thoughts on Loving and Liking

I wanted to clarify a few things from my last post.  Here are four things that I do not mean when I say that loving and liking someone is the same thing: I don’t mean that you have to be buddy-buddy with every person.  There is a way to be gentle, respectful, kind, truthful, and…

Powlison on Marital Intimacy

CCEF has provided video interviews with biblical counselor David Powlison on questions about marital intimacy: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Pitfalls in Communication: Improper Channels

Part 4 of a 6 part series. View series intro and index. At large, we tend to be very passive, non-confrontational, and people-pleasing communicators. Even the most aggressive among us, deep down, want to be loved and so we tend to shy away when problems come up. This disposition causes us to use bad channels of communication….

Communication and Sovereignty

When our words flow out of a heart that seeks control, it simply points to a deeper truth that we do not rest in the sovereignty of God.  Instead of seeking control, we need to let God be God.  In Paul Tripp’s book, War of Words, he provides seven questions for us to think about…

Talk Like You Know God’s in Control

If we get a hold of [God’s sovereignty in our lives], how will it change the way we speak with one another?  Think about how much of our communication involves complaining about our circumstances: our bills, tough neighbors, difficult job, rebellious children, distant husband, unappreciative wife, ineffective church leaders, defective lawn mower, broken-down car, heavy…