The Positive Power of Words: A Tree of Life

  Last time, I talked about the negative power of words.  We saw the destruction of man’s words in other people’s lives. Proverbs 15:4 says “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life—but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” I have seen this happen with my children. I have seen my words “crush the spirit.” I have struggled all of my life with what I say.  It has been my natural inclination (sin nature!) to use my words in a hurtful way.  And it is not always just the words, but the tone of my voice that carries the meaning of hurt. My youngest son has a tender heart and when I use harsh words, his countenance just wilts.  I’ve watched this with my own eyes as his shoulders sag, and his head goes down showing his heartache of...

The Negative Power of Words

Words They seem so small.  They flow so easily.  They can bring life or they can cause death. Really? Yes, really! I was listening to a sermon a few weeks back by an elder in my church, Ralph Lewis.  A lot of my ideas and words here come from his sermon, More Than Words…It’s the Heart.  In Ecclesiastes 10:12-15 we see that, “words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him;” (12) Have you ever heard someone talking who is just spouting off nonsense?  It’s as if he just enjoys hearing himself talk, and he goes on and on.  His own words consume him. “the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness”(13) I’m thinking here of someone who devises evil plans.  They just go from bad to...

Why Does God Use Stories? Part Two

  Last time we saw how much of the Bible is narrative, and I talked about God using stories to capture our interest and our hearts. So… we read the stories of the Bible and we see these superman-type people who do awesome things for God, and we get inspired to be just like them, right? If you think this, then maybe you ought to read about Gideon. Yes, he did do some amazing things for God, but when the angel first came to him in Judges 6:11-12, where was Gideon? Hiding in a winepress.  Afraid of the Midianites.  And the angel called him “valiant warrior.” Really?  Are you kidding? What kind of valiant warrior was he?  Why would I want to read about a loser who is hiding in a winepress from the enemy out there.  How can that encourage me? But...

Why Does God Use Stories? Part One

  I have had people come up to me and say, “We never read fiction, only the Bible.”  I’ve thought about that.  Now I know that everyone has their own opinion about what they should read and what they shouldn’t read. And I am all about reading in the Bible. If I am going to grow in my walk with the Lord, I have to be  in His word daily!!!  And if I am too busy to be reading in the Bible, should I be reading a fiction instead? I don’t think so, although I have fallen into this trap many times. But should I make the decision that I should only read the Bible and never any fiction or stories at all? Let’s examine the Bible and how God teaches throughout the Bible. 40 % of the Old Testament is narrative.  They are true stories that are told in a...

How God Uses Stories to Change Us to Jesus’s Image

Welcome to Fiction for Christ!  I am so glad you have meandered over to my blog.  And this is my very first post. When I started thinking about blogging, I wondered what could I write about that would benefit others by pointing them to the Lord.  I have always felt that God reaches our hearts through stories so I knew that was what I wanted to do. I began to look at the Bible to see where Jesus told parables and gave illustrations, trying to see how I could copy his style.  Because, after all, if Jesus told stories, then we should too.  But I began to think about it.  In most of the Bible, God uses stories.  They are true stories, but still stories, just the same.  They are stories of regular people doing regular things, sinning just like I do, and still...