It’s been quite an incredible summer! After 3 weeks off, a truly memorable Commonwealth games, a great family holiday and then a fantastic week at our church holiday, Northbreak, I am excited to be back at Trinity, sharing God’s word and worshipping with my church family. Last Sunday was my first Sunday back and we had an awesome time in God’s presence in the morning and evening services. In the morning I started a new preaching series in Proverbs and over the next few weeks I will preach a selection of Solomon’s great Proverbs and share the down to earth wisdom that is found in them. I started with Proverbs 3 on Sunday past, and it was such a simple yet profound word reminding us all to ‘Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding’. Easy to say – harder to do. Especially when the going gets tough. At those times trust is less likely to be at the forefront of our minds and more likely will be questions of why? how? and when? Looking at the horrific situation of innocent people and Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq is one of those moments that it’s hard to simply trust that God is in control. But we know He is and we pray for his grace, mercy and protection. This week I am preaching on Proverbs 18 and the dangers of how we speak, why we say the things we do and the motives at the heart of our words. The Bible often reminds us of the dangers of the tongue and the importance to watch our mouth, choose our words carefully and prize good speech over poison. Gossip, criticism, anger, lies, false accusation etc are like wildfire that can spread so quickly and do so much damage. And let loose in a church community they are toxic and devastating. Solomon says, “The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts” (18:6-8) As followers of Jesus let us choose to use our words wisely; to bless and not curse, to build up and not break down and to praise and not destroy. It will not only build others up, it will advance the kingdom around us and make our lives much richer as people are drawn to us rather than repelled by us. So church, in the nicest way possible, please watch your mouth…..