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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 14, 2013 - No Trash Talk

By Scott McChrystal

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" (Ephesians 4:29, NIV).

Military leaders at all levels spend huge amounts of time communicating with other people. If this is true and you are a leader, doesn't it make sense to develop your communications skills to a high degree?

This Scripture sets forth a powerful mandate toward better communication, but certainly one easier said than done. Take a close look at the verse again and think about what it's saying.

Doesn't the bottom line tell us to omit trashy, destructive kinds of speech and start using language that will meet the needs of others by building them up?

You ask, "Can this really work in the military?" Of course it can. And in any other environment as well. You can communicate any message required and be as hard as woodpecker lips without using profanity or tearing a fellow soldier or an employee down.

But you'll never know for yourself until you try it.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 1.



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