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Speech Fast

August 14





Speech Fast
Saturday I did something that many people feel is impossible for me—I didn’t talk. Why?

With the slip of a surgeon’s scalpel, several years ago, I lost the ability to speak—a fairly important skill to a preacher. My world crashed in around me.

As weeks became months, I drifted into depression and was losing hope. It wasn’t the cancer that scared me, my prognosis was good-it was the thought that without a voice, I was useless to God, my church and my family that paralyzed me. It was beginning to look like I’d never preach again.

Then on January 29th, after a year of silence and partial silence, God restored my voice and extended my ministry. And I am grateful. So every year, on the anniversary of that date, I honor the Lord with a speech fast to help me remember.

I remember that when I preach, it is God’s words, not my words that I speak. I remember that without His power, I could never speak them-literally.

I remember that God’s people are good. His church did no…

TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY

August 14




TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY
William D. Longstaff, 1822 -1894
  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15, 16)

The valuable guidelines given in this hymn for living a holy life are just as pertinent for believers today as they were when William Longstaff wrote them more than a century ago. God still requires a holy lifestyle for His people. We sometimes confuse holiness with piety, which can be merely a hypocritical goodness that masks inner deceit or impurity. A truly holy or Christ-like life reveals the virtues mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5, 6: Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. We are surrounded today by so much sham and insincerity that we are often unconsciously affected by such influences. To maintain the quality of life that God demands, we must determine to take time to develop a life that is genuinely and consistently holy in every area.
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