November 10, 2023

Dear Church Family,

We need to be careful when we speak. Once the words are out, they can’t be taken back in! Growing up, one of my favorite Proverbs was 17:28:

Proverbs 17:28 (ESV)
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

This is a strong warning against careless or thoughtless speech. We really need to think about what we say before we open our mouths. Is it worth saying? Is this the right occasion? Is it even true? What are my motivations in saying it? Obviously, there is more to becoming wise than simply hold our tongues, but this can be a first step towards wisdom. In fact, when we’re not speaking, we’re a lot better at listening and learning from others. Just a few verses later, we’re shown this:

Proverbs 18:2 (ESV)
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.

I can’t remember where I first heard this, but it humorously reinforces this truth: “Remember, God gave us two ears and only one mouth.” So, how are you at listening to others? Learning from them? At gaining understanding? Don’t just be ready to share your opinion, but think before you speak. Words can be very destructive, but they can also be incredibly healing when shared at the right time in the right way. I love this verse earlier in chapter 16:

Proverbs 16:24 (ESV)
Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

What’s Happening at Gospel Life:

Men’s Challenge “Facing the Giant”: Join the guys at Jump Creek tomorrow at 9:30 am – 2:30 pm for a hike, lunch, stories, talk of facing giants, and a further physical challenge.
Youth Group: Join us for youth group Sunday, November 12th from 5-7 pm. We’ll have dinner, games, worship, and continue our Bible study through the Book of Joshua.

Elder Training: The next elder training will be Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm at the Bronleewes’ house. We’ll pick up at 1 Timothy 2:9-15.

Communion: We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper as part of our Sunday morning service on Sunday, November 26th. Through the ordinance of communion, we remember the sacrifice Jesus made to save us from our sins.

Bible Challenge for the Year: Our challenge this year is to grow deeper in God’s Word. We will have a special celebration dinner for anyone who reads through the whole Bible. The point is to grow in your relationship with God, so whether you read through the whole Bible or just a portion, seek to know Him more!

Upcoming Dates: No Youth Group (Nov. 26th), Men’s Ministry Vision Building Event (Dec. 2nd)

Life Groups: If you would like to grow in your relationship with the Lord and other believers, please consider joining a Life Group. We have groups for men, women, and youth. You can check them out here:

Request Prayer: It’s important for us to be praying for each other as a church! If you ever need prayer, we would love to come alongside you. You can always turn in a prayer request on Sundays using the Connection Card, but you can also submit a prayer request online at any time:

This Coming Sunday:
Finding Redemption – Join us this Sunday as we continue our series in Ruth, “Finding God in Tough Times.” We’ll study Ruth 4:1-10 and see whether Boaz is serious about redeeming Ruth and how the issue of the nearer redeemer is resolved.

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Gospel Life Bible Church • 208-505-8974 • • 1123 12th Ave Rd. No. 286 Nampa, Idaho 83686