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Growing in Speech: Keeping Secrets

Proverbs 11:13 “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” “Secrets don’t make friends.” Maybe you’ve heard those words of wisdom before. Those are the kinds of secrets that someone whispers to someone else right in front of you. Those secrets hurt because one feels left out. From past experience, those types of secrets are hurtful...

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Growing in Speech: Words Can Encourage Others

Growing in Speech: Words Can Encourage Others Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Lutheran author Jim Akers says that “encouraging is not...

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Growing in Speech: Words are Powerful

   You’ve probably heard a teacher or parents say, “You have two ears and one mouth. Why do you think God made you that way?” The point was to make you realize that listening is important and using self-control over your speech is equally important. God mentions speech quite often in His Word. Almost every time there is a warning against speaking too quickly and a...

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Growing in Self-Concept: Reputation

Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”      In country singer, Dierks Bentley’s, song My Last Name, he emphasizes the       importance of...

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Growing in Self-Concept: Humility

Proverbs 27:2 “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.”    Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”    Humility can be a challenge in a self-focused world. Sports stars pound their chest and dance after making routine...

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Growing in Self-Concept: Confidence

   Self-confidence is highly valued in America today. We all want our kids to be confident. We equate success with confidence. Picture a confident student. He is well prepared for the school day, year, and future schooling. He always gets his work done on time and with high quality. He puts much effort into his work, knowing that there will be a reward for working hard somewhere down...

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Growing in Self-Concept: Courage

     Do Bible verses ever scare you? One that puts the fear of God into me is Luke 9:26: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” In the presence of God on Judgment Day, I don’t want Jesus to be ashamed of me. I want him to wrap his arms...

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Growing in Self-Concept: Acceptance

1 John 4:10a “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us.”    Can God love a sinner like me? I certainly don’t deserve it, but the answer is an ear-deafening, “YES!” Like doubting Thomas, I want to see it for myself. It seems unbelievable. How can a perfectly just God truly love a sinner who continually slaps Him in the face with sin?...

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Growing in Relationships: The Sin of Quarreling

Proverbs 17:19 “He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.    Proverbs 24:28-29 “Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive. Do not say, ‘I’ll do to him as he has done to me; I’ll pay that man back for what he did.’”    It is easy to quarrel when you...

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Growing in Relationships: Peer Pressure

   “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?” This is the common question from parents reprimanding their child for following the crowd or giving in to peer pressure. The answer that the parent is looking for is, “No.” Experience shows that the more realistic answer might be yes. Humans are social creatures. A person’s friends make a huge impact on...

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