Sweet Talk - The Tongue (9 of 9) by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

SWEET TALK (THE TONGUE)
Proverbs 16:24
Print 266, CT 812041

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the
soul and healing to the bones.
John F. Kennedy spoke very wisely when speaking about
Winston Churchill. He said of Churchill, during World War II
he was used to mobilize a nation with the power of his tongue.
Winston Churchill, himself realizing that in that strategic.
time in the history of the world that he had been placed in a
very important position. He said, "I simply was the spokesman
for the British people. The British had the heart, I was the
person who put the roar to it." He was exactly right. The
tongue mobilized one nation to war, another nation to defend
itself and in turn mobilized the free world to make a
difference so that today we can enjoy the blessing of freedom.
All in the power of a tongue, a man who used it. Take a little
nation that was surrounded by the enemy and mobilize it to
action. The tongue can be a tremendous blessing.
Some of you can remember Franklin D. Roosevelt. When he
was President he had fireside chats. He would come on the
radio and men and women would sit around their homes and it
would seem like a father or grandfather speaking to you as the
President spoke to the people of America through the fireside
chats. He gave them hope during the midst of the great
depression. The tongue has a tremendous potential for power,
for good as well as evil.
This morning in Proverbs, I want us to look at five ways
in which the writer of Proverbs says the tongue can be a
blessing. Last week we looked at five ways it became a loose
cannon on deck and destroyed. This week let's look at five
ways that it is a blessing.
First of all, notice in Proverbs 10, verse 11:
"The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of
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life, but violence overwhelms the mouth
of the wicked."
Then if you will look in cha ...


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