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PowerLunch Presentation, Todd Linn, First Baptist Church, Henderson Kentucky

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    • Our Words at the Workplace “ Holding Your Tongue Without Losing Your Head”
    • “ When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his Tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19)
      • “ I want to make sure everybody who has a job wants a job” – George Bush during his first Presidential campaign
      • “ I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy. But that could change.” – Dan Quayle
      • “ My fellow Americans, I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” — Ronald Reagan, about to go on the air for a radio broadcast, unaware that the microphone was already on .
    • A Study from the Book of Proverbs . . .
    • (1) Know that Your Tongue is Powerful and Dangerous
      • “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise” (Proverbs 10:19)
      • “ . . . A gentle tongue can break a bone” (Proverbs 25:15)
      • “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own” (Proverbs 26:17)
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      • “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Proverbs 29:11)
      • On a Friday evening, just as the light turned green, his car stalled. All his efforts to start it again, failed. A chorus of honking instantly arose from the cars behind him.
      • Feeling as frustrated as everyone else eager to get home for the weekend, he finally got out of his car and walked to the car behind him.
      • He waited for the driver to roll down his window, then said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to get my car started. If you’ll go up there and give it a try, I’ll stay here and blow your horn for you.”
    • (2) Refrain from Using Your Tongue to Gossip
      • “ A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret” (Proverbs 11:13)
      • “ A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much” (Proverbs 20:19)
      • “ Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down” (Proverbs 26:20)
    • (3) Restrain Your Tongue in Order to be a Better Listener
      • “ A Prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly” (Proverbs 12:23)
      • “ A man uses knowledge with restraint . . .” (Proverbs 17:27)
      • “ He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame” (Proverbs 18:13)
      • “ Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Proverbs 29:20)
    • (4) Choose Words and Use Words Carefully and Thoughtfully
      • “A Gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)
      • “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue” (Proverbs 17:28)
      • “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity” (Proverbs 21:23)
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    • (5) Use Your Tongue in order to Encourage Others
      • “ . . . How good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:23)
      • “ Let another praise you, and not your own mouth, someone else, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27:2)
    • Review . . .
      • Know that Your Tongue is Powerful and Dangerous
      • Refrain from using Your Tongue to Gossip
      • Restrain Your Tongue in order to be a Better Listener
      • Choose Words and Use Words Carefully and Thoughtfully
      • Use Your Tongue in to Encourage Others
    • Does all of this sound impossible?
    • James 3:7-8 . . .
      • For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.
      • But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
      • “No MAN can tame the tongue . . .”
      • But GOD Can!
      • Each day ask God to help you . . .
      • Pray, “Dear God, Please guard my tongue and guide my speech. Let me say only things that encourage others and glorify You.”
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