Teaching, Helping and Encouraging Spiritual Growth

Yikes! Your Secret Whispers Will Be Exposed!

Have you ever been guilty of quietly sharing a little nugget of gossip with someone else? Or, have you been on the receiving end of some juicy piece of gossip ? It’s kind of exciting. It’s titillating. It’s enjoyable. It’s like you can’t resist. It’s just too good!

Yet, there is something in you that tells you that you shouldn’t be doing it. Even though you might enjoy passing on a little dirt or hearing about someone else’s dirt, your participation in such things does not come without guilt. Continue Reading →

The Right Way To Criticize

Criticism is a two-edged sword. God separates the two kinds of criticism we find in the church in a very short Proverb.

“As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life; but dishonest words crush the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 NCV

The kind of criticism that that I always appreciated and gladly received was criticism that was given in a spirit of love and gentleness that was truthful and relevant.

I can’t tell you how many times someone with my best interest in mind came to me and gently offered some useful direction, and even criticism concerning something I was doing. Continue Reading →