We closed out The Difference: Winter Retreat 2012 this morning with the fourth and final session. Jeffery Portmann, our Network Youth Director, encouraged the students to consider the importance of our words.

The Bible reads, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (Proverbs 18:21, ESV). Portmann proposed, “We are wired for encouragement but live in a world of discouragement.” Imagine the impact of a youth ministry that was devoted to bringing life rather than death? What a difference we would make.

Portmann brought up the POP principle – the Power of Pause. Think about the relationships that would have been saved if only people would have thought before they spoke?


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