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Sunday, 17 June 2012


(CFRA broadcast date: Sunday, June 17th, 2012)


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Rev. Juliet Schimpf
'Meet Rev. Juliet Schimpf'                               
Rev. Juliet Schimpf  is the Minister of First Baptist Church in Perth, Ontario:

Today’s broadcast starts with a conversation between Good News Christian Ministries Founder, Rev. Dr. Allen Churchill, and Rev. Juliet Schimpf, the third of four new pastors who will be presenting on CFRA’s “Good News in the Morning”, on a regular basis.

(Here is a poster for the upcoming event in Ottawa, Ontario, this coming week, to introduce all four of the new pastors: 

Join us if you can!

Today’s topic:
"Me And My Big Mouth!"

            Have you ever said anything that you now regret?  Do people ever accuse you of having a "big mouth"?  If so, take comfort:  the Bible has something useful and practical to teach us about how to "tame" our tongues. 

           It is estimated that the average person speaks approximately 30,000 words per day.  That's a lot of talking!  Of course, some people speak less, and others speak more.  Either way, our words steer the course of our lives.  The book of James teaches that the human tongue is like the rudder of a ship--namely, it can direct our lives just like a rudder can steer a ship.  Let's take a moment to learn more about the power of the tongue, the problem with the tongue, and the partner of the tongue.

The Power of the Tongue

            The human tongue is indeed powerful.  Proverbs 18:21 states that "The tongue has the power of life and death."  With just a few words, a judge can sentence a prisoner to a life in prison.  With just a few words, a school teacher can shatter a pupil's dreams.  For every word in Hitler's book, Mein Kampf, 125 people died in World War II. 

            The human tongue has the power to do many things.  First, the words of a tongue can rescue the perishing.  As Proverbs 14:25 puts it:  "A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies."  Second, the words of a tongue possess the power to encourage those who are burdened.  Proverbs 12:25 states, "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad."  Third, the words of a tongue can bring peace instead of war.  Proverbs 15:1 states, "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." 

The Problem with the Tongue

            The human tongue possesses a dangerous power, however.  As James 3:5-6  states, “How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire.  The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.”


           Madonna has made famous the phrase, "Express yourself."  But the Bible makes us wise by teaching us that, sometimes, silence is golden whereas speech is silver.  As Proverbs 17:28 explains, "Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues."

           A woman once came to John Wesley and said, “I think my talent from God is to speak my mind.” Wesley replied, “I don’t think God would mind if you buried that talent.”  Indeed, the tongue can become problematic if the wrong amount or the wrong type of words are spoken.  As Proverbs 10:19 puts it, "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable." 

The Partner of the Tongue

            Jesus Christ was innovative in his teaching.  He taught--contrary to the religious teaching of his day--that it was not what goes into the mouth that makes a person impure but, rather, what comes out of the mouth.  As Matthew 15 records, Jesus taught that "everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?  But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders." 

            Jesus was right when he taught that the condition of our heart determines the quality of our speech.   As Proverbs 4:23 teaches, "Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life."  On our own, we cannot "tame" our tongues because our hearts harbour all kinds of sin.  But if we turn to Jesus Christ, he will certainly help us to speak with wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3  states that, in Jesus Christ "are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge".  Have you asked Jesus Christ to help you with your speech lately?  Turn to him today and ask the Holy Spirit to be the "partner" of your tongue.

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Rev. Juliet Schimpf  is the Minister of First Baptist Church in Perth, Ontario:

Rev. Juliet Schimpf was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.  She has two older brothers who taught her all about fishing and basketball.  She attended the University of Ottawa, followed by the University of Oxford, to study politics and theology.  While studying in England, Juliet accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour.  She then went on to attend McMaster Divinity College, from which she graduated with the Principal’s Gold Medal in 2007.  Juliet is serving as the Minister of First Baptist Church, Perth.  Juliet is married Michael, an economist at Statistics Canada.  She enjoys travelling, and has visited India on two occasions.  Her favourite Bible personality is John the Baptist.  Juliet is passionate about preaching, evangelism, and discipleship.  Her personal mission statement is the following:  “To proclaim boldly the truth, the relevance and the urgency of Jesus Christ’s Gospel (Rom. 1:16)”.


  1. Short Video titled: "Controlling Your Tongue" is posted on the LINK:
    (Copy and Paste into your Browser.)

    The video mentions the psalmist David's prayer:

    "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips." —Psalm 141:3

  2. Originally Posted on Twitter:
    Christine Smith - (‏@LifeVerse on Twitter)
    "Anger makes your mouth work faster than your mind." Amish Proverb