Here are 12 words that can help transform your life, by transforming the way you talk. “Please” and “Thank You” … These words show appreciation and treat others like people and not things.  This is especially true for those who have managerial or supervisory responsibilities.  Remember, if you ever see a frog on a fence post, he didn’t get there by himself.  Parents should also use these power words when talking with our children, so that we are modeling for them how they are to speak to others. “I’m Sorry” … These words demonstrate humility and break down walls to build bridges in relationships.  We tend to struggle at relationships and friendships mostly because we will not shed our pride and put others before ourselves.

Our inability to take responsibility for our actions and words causes God’s grace to be blocked from flowing through our lives. “I Love You” … These words carry tremendous power to encourage and affirm people.  Husbands and wives need to learn to say these words to each other every day.  I heard of one man who said he told his wife on their wedding day, “I love you and if that ever changes I’ll let you know.”  Parents need to be intentional about telling our children that we love them. In a culture that bombards our families with thousands of mixed messages, let us be certain to be clear with them that we love them. “I’m Praying for You” … When you talk to God about people, then you can talk to people about God.

What an encouragement to know that someone is actually praying for us. It’s hard to be mad at someone when we are praying for him or her. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).  We begin a new teaching series this Sunday at Centennial Baptist Church on the subject of forgiveness … No Longer Bound: Living in the Freedom of Forgiveness.  What is forgiveness?  What does it mean to forgive someone else?  How do I forgive someone else?  Why is it important that I forgive others when they wrong me?  How can I know that I have really forgiven the other person?  How do I forgive myself? The truth is that many of us are harboring resentment toward someone or a group of someone’s.

When we are unforgiving it is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Forgiving others is necessary for our health and well being. I would like to personally invite you to join us at 10:30 a.m., as we seek to understand what it means to forgive and then apply the lessons to our lives.  I believe that our lives, our families and our communities would be radically changed by what God teaches us in the Bible about the need for forgiveness in our lives. Centennial Baptist Church is located at 5321 Brownwood Road, Rutledge, GA.  For more information call 706-557-2120.  To listen to Podcasts online, go to http://www.centennialbaptist.org/media.  Dr. Michael Stovall’s messages is now online LIVE on Sunday mornings!

The following link lets you watch a live stream of the message portion of our Sunday services!  It will start at about 10:45 -10:50 a.m.  You will notice at the bottom right of the screen when we will be ON AIR. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cbc-sunday-worship .  Also you can follow us on twitter @CBC_Ministry.  Have a blessed day!