The power of words

Has your tongue ever gotten you in trouble? Perhaps you have said something that you wish you had not. Or maybe you sent an email that you wish you did not send. I found out recently that Google has come up with a system to block people from sending ill-conceived drunken emails to their bosses or ex-lovers. Mail Goggles, which can be set to spring into action late at night and at weekends, asks emailers to answer a series of short math questions before sending a message. The basic addition and multiplication sums have to be completed within a time limit, reports The Guardian. The idea, according to Gmail engineer Jon Perlow, is to help those who are a little too tired and emotional to foresee the consequences of their actions. Accountability is a good thing in this area! James 3:8 says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

Our current sermon series is focusing on the power that 1 word has to damage or heal, inspire or deflate. (Tyler McKenzie did a great job with the first message last weekend, huh!?)

I am using my words this week (with 5 others from WCCC) in Huehuetoca, Mexico, working with the King of Kings Church where Casey Hancock ministers. The Whitewater Crossing Mexico missions team has been busy renovating two combination basketball and soccer courts in the community where the Hancock’s are ministering. Everyone has been working hard, including my son Tyler [see photos at bottom]. We have been treated extremely well by the King of Kings Christian Church and I am very proud of the work being done by the Hancock’s here. It is an exciting experience to be working together hand in hand with our Mexican brothers and sisters in Christ here as we clean up the park where the church meets. This is a giant mission field (25 million people), and through your partnership we are winning people to Jesus ONE amigo at a time. I look forward to sharing more when I return to Cincy. Please pray for the King of Kings Church, the Hancock family, and our team as we return. Thanks for your words of prayer.

Look for a letter from me in a few days giving you an update on our extraordinary (and ambitious) 3-5 year Strategic Plan. Many have been working for months behind the scenes on this, and I want you to see where we are with it. It will be a big part of our goals/programming going forward.

Please take note on the upcoming Volunteer Summit for all who volunteer at WCCC. It is Sunday night, August 28th (6:00-8:00pm). Please RSVP to the office. (You can also use our online registration through our website.) Speaking of volunteering, we have a need for anyone who can paint down at the 2:42 building beginning Monday, Aug 22. We will have the paint (if you could bring your own paint brush/roller, that would be helpful). Contact Bruce Halfenberg or the office if you can help.

Finally, I hope you are planning on joining a small group Bible Study this fall. Our annual Small Group Campaign will start on September 18th with the theme of The Power of One Question where we will discover life transforming truth through questions that Jesus asked. In addition to many small groups studying through this curriculum, we have new Sunday morning classes, Financial Peace University, and new ladies Bible studies available. You won’t want to miss out!


P.S. When I get back, I will share some news we just received about some back taxes that the State of Ohio/County Auditor office owes us. Here’s a hint – it’s good news!


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