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Topics Of Conversation

Jul 24th 2010 at 9:25 AM

Author: Woodrow Kroll
Tony Beckett
Psalms 35–36, Acts 25
Key Verse: Psalm 35:28

Weather probably tops the list, followed by sports and perhaps something
in the news as typical topics of conversation. It’s so easy to bring up
these subjects. But do we really need another person to verify that it is
hot today?

If these three are probably among the most common topics of conversation,
what might be toward the bottom of the list? Our failures would probably
make that list. Not too often do we bring them up in a conversation. “Let
me tell you about how I messed up yesterday” is not an oft-used
conversation starter. Also toward the bottom of the list might be these
two: God’s righteousness and praise.

David said, “My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your
praises all day long” (35:28). Does that mean David never commented on the
weather or talked about current events? No, but it does mean that the
subjects of God’s righteousness and praise were not absent from his
conversation, as they are often missing from ours. We can go days without
praising God and telling others about Him. Here’s how to change that:

1. Read the Bible, especially the Psalms, where we so often find God
praised.
2. Make a conscious effort to remember not only what you have read but
what you have experienced of God’s goodness and greatness.
3. Repeat these things to others. Look for opportunities to speak of God’s
righteousness and praise.

Take this as an assignment for today. Decide on one specific thing about
God or something to praise Him for, and determine to tell that to at least
one person you talk to today.

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Aug 1st 2010 at 11:32 PM by GTBulmer
Hi, Nathan: Thanks for posting this article by Woodrow Kroll and Tony Beckett. It is so true! Topics of conversation most often begin with the weather, sports or a topical news item. I think we use these to "warm up" to more personal subjects. I agree with the authors that there is great inspiration in scripture and that we should acknowledge God's righteousness and offer praise – without a doubt, we are SO blessed, even through the adversities common to our existence. Today, I praise God for our newest grandchild, number five, a boy, who was born this week and is home and healthy. :-)
   
Jul 24th 2010 at 9:26 AM by Siamak
Great! Thanks for sharing this.
   

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