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John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, Mark Driscoll, and different leaders from needing God's 2008 convention learn the life-altering strength of our phrases and their influence in sharing the gospel phrases hold immeasurable importance: The universe was once created with a observe; Jesus healed and forged out demons with a notice; rulers have risen and fallen via their phrases; Christians have worshiped via phrases of music, confession, and preaching. Even in our technological age, politics, schooling, company, and relationships middle on phrases. because the tongue is this type of strong force-for strong or evil-we are clever to invite: What might houses, church buildings, colleges, even the public sq. be like if we used phrases with Christian intentionality and eloquence? the ability of phrases and the beauty of God seeks to respond to this tough query. In those chapters, derived from wanting God's 2008 nationwide convention, John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, and Mark Driscoll staff with worship pastor Bob Kauflin, ministry chief Paul Tripp, and literature professor Daniel Taylor to assist readers harness their tongues and properly command their silences for the dignity of God and the ministry of the gospel.

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Ferguson our tongues. ) He seemed to be able to tell a great deal about our health by looking into our mouths. That is a parable of spiritual reality. What comes out of our mouths is usually an accurate index of the health of our hearts. Jesus said: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). So here, as a spiritual physician, James engages in a rigorous tongue analysis. James 3:1–12 is a veritable pathology laboratory in which analysis and diagnosis take place. Notice James’s axiom: the mature person is able to “bridle” his tongue.

The tongue is like the bit in the mouth of a horse. This tiny appliance controls the enormous power and energy of the horse and is used to give it direction. indd 48 8/12/09 8:26 AM The Bit, the Bridle, and the Blessing 49 picture from common experience in daily life. He had seen powerful Roman military horses and had probably heard stories of chariot races. The point, however, is the extraordinary power and influence concentrated in one small object. So it is with the tongue. The tongue is also like the rudder in a boat.

Well, let me give you one final illustration. Imagine with me that you’re a married man, and your wife is home with your three children. You head home, thinking that one of the things you love at the end of your day is that beautiful home-cooked meal. You can almost smell the smells as you’re driving home. You recall that, as you left for work in the morning, you saw the beef roast shrink-wrapped in plastic on the counter, and you immediately had beefological visions. indd 42 8/12/09 8:26 AM War of Words 43 ful roast, but you arrive at home and come into the house, and the smells aren’t so sweet.

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