IN GENESIS 1…the world was set in motion with the power of words.  God spoke. “Let there be light…” and there was light.  God spoke. “Let there be animals of every kind…” and the world was filled with creeping things.  The words of God, in Genesis 1, were creative words, dream-filled words, and hopeful words.  God saw the result of his words and called it good.  Goodness was the aim of his articulations.  The spoken word had the power to set the world in motion…a good world…

IN MATTHEW 5…Jesus addresses the negative power of words.  “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”  Just as words of goodness can set in motion the creation of something good, words of cursing set in motion murderous and punitive results…

IN OCTOBER…we will be speaking a lot of words at Highland Hills Baptist Church.  It is our desire that they be words of blessing, not words of cursing.  We will be speaking good into the life of God’s creation and not harm.  Good words of teaching will continue weekly in our pulpit, in our Sunday School classrooms, during Monday Bible Study at Carlyle Place and in a host of other venues.  Good words of blessing will be spoken over our pets at our annual St. Francis of Assisi celebration on Sunday evening, October 9.  Words of wisdom will be shared during Wednesday evening Town Hall meetings and words of joy will ring out at our Fall FamilyFest and Trunk or Treat events.  It is our desire, in each of these settings, that our words will bless the hearers…
    
IN THE COURSE OF LIFE…the Apostle Paul encourages us to speak words of blessing into the lives of others.  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).  During the month of October, come and hear some words of blessing…and be sure to speak a few yourselves…