(P)Salty Language

Words matter. Every single word we use to paint our explanations or descriptions matter – every one. With that in mind, reports of the language used in a meeting between our President and those of Congress caught the attention of not only our country but the global community as well. My point today is not judge the merits of the language used in that meeting – or, was not used in that meeting. Though if factual, it was a sad display. Even though we know that individuals are sinful, we have reason to expect more out of those who lead us; irrespective of the arena – be it civil or church. Isn’t sadly true that all of us have wished for an opportunity to retract words untimely spoken – whatever the variety? My point today will simply be that our words matter – and they deserve our utmost attention.

Having spent four years in the Navy my ears were regularly subjected to – shall we say – colorful language. Because of that, regrettably, there isn’t too much that shocks me today – and that’s sad in many respects. Don’t get me wrong; I greatly detest the use of words that neither glorifies our Maker or those made in His image. At same time, if I’m being honest with myself - and you - I have to admit that in a given moment an errant expletive has found an avenue from my heart to my lips all too quickly. Once more, an additional regret.

Words matter. And from the opening pages of our Bible, nothing could be more clear. From those first words that spoke into being that which was not, to words used by John to declare the living Logos – our Lord Jesus Christ, the scriptures communicate the importance of words and language. So it shouldn’t surprise us that these very writings are replete with stern warnings about the use of our words. To list those warnings would take far too many pages today. But trust me, they’re there!!!

Words matter. And as those who identify with Christ our words are a witness to that reality. The Apostle Paul knew that and shared the importance of that timeless truth with the believers in the Ephesian Church.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption...Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk
nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Ephesians 4:29-31;5:4

Paul’s clear here – isn’t he? As believers we need to move from salty language to psalty language. It’s an apt word for young and old alike – none of us are immune to the dangers of the tongue. In closing, let’s listen to David’s self-admonishing words that remind us to raise the level of our language to a Love that gave life!

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:4

To the Word of Life,



“But Wait – There’s More” Text: Ephesians 1:1
Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES (Pre-K through Adult): Youth Classes for the following ages: Pre-K/K; 1st – 3rd Grade; 4th-6th Grade; Jr/Sr High. Adult Sunday School will be resume next week.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING to present the 2018 budget will be held Sunday, January 28th, immediately following worship.

SIERRA LEONE MISSION TRIP – Items for Sierra Leone are being collected. There are two suitcases in the foyer to receive supplies for Kid’s Camp, School supplies and Office supplies for Makeni World Hope office. List of needed supplies are on table as well.

ROSZELL LIFE GROUP – Roszell Life Group will meet Sunday evening, January 28th at the church at 6:30pm.

LADIES EXODUS STUDY – There are two opportunities to study this great book of the Bible with the CPC Ladies. Join us on Monday’s from 6:30-8pm the Exodus study meets at the Fowler’s. Please contact Lori Fowler if you would like to join in. Another group meets on Wednesdays at noon at the Harrington’s. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington if you plan to attend.

TUESDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY – This overview of the Old Testament led by Pastor Bob Clark, d meets Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

LIFEMATES VALENTINE EVENT – Progressive Dinner on Saturday, February 10th from 6-9 pm. The cost is $20 per couple. Child care provided at the church for a donation. Final day for dinner and child care sign up by Sunday, January 28th. Sign up in foyer or by texting Jodi McKinney @ 765.914.1978.

BABY SHOWER – You are invited to a Baby Shower celebrating Morgan Harrington (Ben Harrington's wife) and baby girl: Saturday, February 10th, 10:30-12noon at the church. Brunch will be served. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Emily Fredrick emilharr12@gmail.com or call/text (765) 977-5363 no later than Monday, February 5th. Morgan is registered on Amazon and at Target. Morgan's favorite colors for baby girl are gray, mint blue, purple & coral. Since they will be flying home, if you are interested in contributing to a group gift please indicate so with your RSVP and we will work out the details.

Song of the Month – “We Look To You” – from “Prayers of the Saints” by Sovereign Grace

About this album:

“The prayers of the saints in Revelation are the cries of God’s people for his intervention, justice, and deliverance. They reflect the ‘already but not yet’ nature of living between the first and second coming of Christ. Christ has truly triumphed over Satan, death, and sin, but a full and final deliverance awaits his return, when he will destroy every rule and every authority and power (1 Cor.15:24).

The songs on this album include songs of praise and adoration, but we’ve focused on giving expression to the confession, longing, intercession, and anticipation that should characterize the songs of ‘elect exiles’ (1 Pet. 1:1). We have a heavenly home that’s been secured for us through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus, whose death paid the full penalty for our sins.”

But we’re not home yet.
A great new album to add to – or start – your worship collection!! Here are the link and the lyrics to this

month’s song, “We Look To You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iia_owSfv-8 “We Look To You”

Deliver us from evil Lord
We sojourn in a broken world Though evil hands give rise to war Remind us this is not our home We look to You we look to You Sovereign King of all the earth We look to You we look to You In Your strength we will endure In Your strength we will endure

Deliver us from evil Lord
Our hearts so quickly run astray Temptation crouching at the door To turn us from the narrow way We look to You we look to You Christ the conquering Son of God We look to You we look to You Lord complete what You’ve begun Lord complete what You’ve begun

Deliver us from evil Lord
The devil’s seeking to devour
With trembling hearts we hear his roar But Your strong arm will crush his pow’r We look to You we look to You Come and end his earthly reign
We look to You we look to You Lord deliver us we pray

We look to You we look to You You will come again to reign We look to You we look to You All the earth will bow in praise


Tuesday Morning Ladies’ Bible Study, Old Testament overview, led by Pastor Bob Clark, meets 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

Ladies Exodus Bible Studies – There are two opportunities to study this book of the Bible with the ladies of the church. The first study of Exodus meets at Lori Fowler’s home (3800 Delwood Lane) from 6:30-8pm on Mondays. Please RSVP to Lori Fowler if you would like to join this study. Mindy Deckard is also facilitating the study on Wednesday afternoons. This study meets from 12noon-1:30pm at Kari Harrington’s home (12 Parkway Lane) Bring a lunch. Please RSVP to Kari Harrington if you would like to attend.

Inspire – The Next INSPIRE meeting will be held February 8th from 6:45pm -8:45pm in the CPC foyer (350 Henley Rd. Richmond, IN) Dessert & 2 speakers: 1 sharing a Practical focus & 1 sharing part of "Her Story" a testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. Fellowship, Connect, Discuss & Pray. All ladies of the church in high school or older are invited to attend the INSPIRE events.



Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,” says the LORD Almighty, “and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day (Zechariah 3:8–9). Before our family moved to the mission field, we enjoyed two professional salaries, a home with a swimming pool and lots of toys. The Lord provided our family with great financial blessings. As we left behind the American dream to move to the murder capital of the world, there was no shortage of friends, family and strangers who offered opinions of disapproval. We were told: “Honduras is the third world and no place to raise a family.”

The call of the Christian is not to seek false security or comfort. The call of each and every believer is to avail themselves to God’s plan for our lives. Not everyone is called to sell everything and move away, but we are all called to be willing to give up all we have for the Savior who sacrificed everything for us.

The prophecy from the prophet Zechariah combines two names for the foretold Messiah. He is referred to as both the Servant and the Branch. This Servant-Branch would remove sin from the world in one day. What a Servant indeed. From the almost extinct royal line of David, this Servant would serve like no other.

Jesus entered this world, not in luxury but surrounded by animal dung. He didn’t live a life of means but was an unassuming carpenter. He was not honored as nobility by the authorities but arrested, tortured and killed. As the Son of God, Jesus deserved respect, tribute, and worship. He knew before He came to earth He was coming to serve and supply salvation to the unworthy. His crucifixion was the most selfless form of service man has ever seen. C.S. Lewis said, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”

This suffering servant, this willing sacrifice, was sent to free the captives and provide sight to the blind. He demonstrated service to perfection. The New Testament is clear on what our response should be to hearing of Christ’s service. We are to follow in His steps, serving others as Christ has served us.

This was originally published in The Journey devotional. Mike Pettengill served in Honduras and Equatoria Guinea, and now serves as the director of the MTW West Coast office.



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5  John Hitch

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15  Kari Harrington

16  Gabrielle Todd

18 Samuel Allen

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25  Bill Trew

26  Twana Cheek

26  Amanda Nelson

27  Mike Cougill

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4  Mindy Deckard

4 Tom Deckard

8  Jane Robinson

9  Mike Luker

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12  Jon Pfeil

13  Kayla Owen

14  Bill Kehlenbrink

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20  Kim Gray

21  Olivia Pfeil

22  Diane Angilella

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