Gossip – is it ever useful or good or is it always a waste of time and bad? Have you ever stopped to consider just how much of our present culture not only accepts gossip but places it in the enviable and important position of being a core and driving value of our everyday existence? Think about just how many publications, TV programs, talk shows and news items are driven by gossip. Now think about how much of our conversations at our work place or with our friends revolve around gossip. If you see it as I do, we are relentlessly inundated with gossip at every turn. So, what can we do about it? What should we do about it? How can we reduce the role of gossip in our lives and what should we replace it with?
We can talk in person or on the phone. We can Skype, conference, email, text, Tweet, Instagram and Facebook. But are we communicating? Are we REALLY communicating? What role does communication play in our lives - is it simply a common tool of the human race or can it be transformational? Can better communication make your life and relationships better? Of course it can! How? We are glad you asked!
Gossip – it is an integral part of our society and has been a constant in the history of humanity since the beginning of recorded history. If gossip is such a staple to society, doesn’t it seem reasonable that there must be something redeemable about it? By the way, did you hear what happened to… Aw, c’mon, did you really think we were gonna go there? Gossip – what is it? How does it work? Is there ever a time or place when gossip is a good thing? Stay with us – this is gonna be juicy!!
After talking about complaining last week, it makes sense to look at the flip side – how to communicate - for good and positive reasons that is! What makes a great communicator? Is it charisma? Is it your words? Your message? What about body language? Where does passion fit? What made Jesus such a master at drawing people? Does the Bible define communication the same way we do today?
In one way or another, prejudice has dominated human culture for thousands of years. Because prejudice is an internal characteristic, it is often hard to detect it until it has had time to develop and finally show itself in our words or actions. As Christians, can we be shielded from prejudice? Do the scriptures teach us how to avoid it or how to remedy its effects? Is prejudice ever a good thing? Stay with us this morning as we plunge into this wildly difficult topic and try to get a grip on a true Christian perspective.
Do you murmur? What does it mean to murmur anyway? Most of us don’t use that word too often, but when you think about it, the word sounds like what it means... murrrrmurrr... sort of an under your breath, nondescript sound that reflects a negative outlook on something. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that we live in a culture that revolves everything around ourselves, chances are that we not only murmur, we murmur a lot! Stay with us as we figure out where murmuring and complaining belong in our lives and look at practical ways to put them there!
Did you ever wonder how many words the average person utters in a day? Did you ever wonder how many of those words uttered are constructive, destructive or just plain idle talk? While we are not going to try and pinpoint percentages, we are going to talk about talking and the effects that it has on those who hear as well as the effects on those who speak. Is gossip ever good? Do we ever slander anyone without truly meaning to do so? Stay with us as we look into the spoken word and biblical principles that can help us focus on making our words positive proactive and powerful!
We live in a fascinating society – very sad but fascinating. There is an entire multi-billion dollar industry that makes its money by doing one thing and one thing only – talking and writing about other people, mostly celebrities. The thing about this industry is that there seems to rarely be a circumstance when the individual being spoken about has been thoroughly consulted regarding what is being said. Usually, that which is said or written is something of a fantastic nature that would have any onlookers or readers shake their heads in disbelief. Often these things, while perhaps based in truth, present a far-fetched conclusion. Our topic this program is not about this industry, it is about us. Do we engage in the same behavior? The Bible is very pointed about this, so stay with us as we look in the mirror and ask, “Why should we watch what we say?”