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The Dangerous Tongue


Proverbs 26:21-28


“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly,” Proverbs 26:22.


We begin this week’s devotional studies with the little member that can do tremendous harm or good—the tongue. The tongue is powerful, and it must be bridled or controlled (James 1:26).


The Bible compares the tongue to a strong and powerful horse. The horse can be controlled by a person one quarter its size by placing a small metal bit in its mouth. The bit is connected to the bridle then to the reigns. As it puts pressure on the horse’s tongue, it gets the horse’s attention. It learns the cues and the pressure and will yield to it.


The tongue at times seems to have a mind of its own, especially when something foreign is in the mouth; for instance, new dental work. It will push against it until the tongue is raw and sore unless one involves it in another activity. The same is true for using the tongue as an instrument of speech.


Unless we control the tongue, it can do harm. The same tongue can speak kind, encouraging words and the truth, or lies , hate-filled or harmful words. The tongue must be bridled by a Spirit-filled mind. If one’s tongue is allowed to be used by Satan, the tongue can run people away from Christ or if controlled by God, it can encourage them to seek Him.





Our study in James gives us practical instructions for Christian living. We need to read this small New Testament book regularly, so that we do not forget.




Beverly Barnett



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264 – Sept. 21 – This Day in Baptist History Past


A Deist leads Judson from infidelity

1808 – Adoniram Judson secured his horse from the home of his uncle where he had left it, and then started back to his home to regroup after having left to try his luck in the theater in N.Y. City. On the way back he stopped at a village Inn and took a room and all night long a sick man disturbed his sleep.  The next morning when he inquired he was quite disturbed to find out that the man had died and that he was Jacob Eames, an upper classman at Rhode Island College where Judson had gone, and who had been a fellow Deist and unbeliever.  In fact he had been the very one that had led Judson into infidelity and away from his Christian roots.  For hours the words “Dead! Lost! Lost!” kept ringing in his ears. There was only one place for him and that was home, home to his preacher father and godly mother. And so it was that on Dec. 2, 1808, the young man found peace through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.  This was the man who became the first Baptist missionary to Burma. [Courtney Anderson, To the Golden Shore, (Boston: Little, brown and Company, 1956), p. 30. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 517—19.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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178 — June 26 – This Day in Baptist History Past


A Fearless Ambassador of Christ


I. B. Kimbrough was born in Tennessee in 1826.  While ministering in Tennessee, Kimbrough at one time served as the financial agent of Carson and Newman College and traveled extensively in his state attempting to raise money with which to train young Baptist preachers.


On June 26, 1886, at Waco, Texas.  Dr. Kimbrough recalled an incident from his days in Tennessee and his work with Carson and Newman College. As he was traveling from one appointment to another through a secluded forest, he was confronted by two highwaymen. Holding their guns on the man of God, they insisted that he dismount from his horse and hand over all his money.


Very well, gentlemen, please give me a little time, and I will obey your orders.” Kimbrough responded. After dismounting, he laid his money in two piles, then turning to the highwaymen he said: “Gentlemen, this small pile of money is mine: you are at liberty to rob me of that; the larger pile is God’s money, and I dare you to touch it. I collected it for the young preachers of the state who are struggling for an education at Carson and Newman College.”


The earnestness and courage of the man attracted the attention of the robbers, and they began to inquire into the work in which he was engaged. He told them he was a Baptist preacher and explained to them his mission. After hearing what he had to say, the elder of the two men said:


“We will not take either your money or the money of the young preachers.”
Turning to the young men, and looking them full in the face, Dr. Kimbrough added: “Young men, you are in a mighty bad business. I believe you ought to give it up. In the meantime, I will be grateful if you will help me in the work in which I am engaged.”


Following this appeal, the robbers gave him $5 each for the young preachers, whereupon the faithful minister mounted his horse, and all rode away, going in different directions.


I. B. Kimbrough was a fearless ambassador of Jesus Christ!


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 261 – 262.



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