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. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
As we review these verses, it becomes pretty clear that Paul is addressing the role of “self” in our lives. Right off the bat, notice what he says about “unwholesome talk”; he does not say “Don’t cuss or you’re going to hell.” No, he tells us that our speech should be for the benefit of others. Yet he goes even further than that when he says our speech should benefit others according…
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by Doug Lewars
Fight scenes are somewhat similar to chase scenes. I wrote about the latter last month. Use action verbs and use terse sentences. Real fights tend to be sloppy affairs and they frequently end quickly. In addition to punching and kicking there is frequently a lot of shoving. Staged fights are much better as reference material. YouTube is a good source of both so have a look at a few before writing them.
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Window, pillar, window, pillar
Walking down a long corridor
Too black ahead to see
Light, dark, light, dark
Ecstasy, depression, ecstasy, depression
Leading on a whole life
With no future to see
Light, dark, light, dark
Up, down, up, down
Day, night, day, night
So is life.
-written in 1999
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Harmony and Love
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
A person who is always right carries a great burden with them; even more so if they know everything. Do you know anybody like that no matter how wrong they might be they are always right? Even when they don’t know something, they have an opinion and you’d better agree; I don’t know about you, but folks like that just wear me out!
Harmony, compassion, sympathy, humility; these may not always come naturally, but they are empowering. These attributes will set you free from always having to know everything, of always having to be right, not to mention the arguments that follow.
The older I get, the more I come to realize that having the approval others in everything that comes up is really not that important. What does matter…
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