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Dear Congregational Family,

Ships & Rudders; Lives & Tongues: Presently we are on vacation and are passing through Superior, WI/Duluth, MN while visiting family and friends. We lived here years ago while I worked as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin – Superior. Yesterday we saw this ship (pictured below) pass through the canal from Lake Superior, and under the famous Ariel Lift Bridge as it came into the harbor. It is amazing to see these ships line up to navigate their way through this narrow channel. Ships over 1,000 feet long are turned and steered by a small rudder. In 2014 the ship, Paul Tregurtha (1013 ft) ran aground in the harbor due to a minor error in turning, while loaded with 62,000 tons of coal.

I am reminded of James 3:4,5 which reads, “Look at the ships also, though they are so great . . . are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a very small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.” James does on to further explain how important it is to guard our tongues because words are so powerful. What we say can run our lives aground, as well as run others into the ground! With our words, we can tear people down or build them up. We can bless or curse God and others with our tongues. This little instrument has great power and can steer our entire lives. Let’s be a congregation that intentionally uses our tongues/words to build each other up in the faith and in our daily life.

God bless you as we continue “Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”.

Pastor Carlson

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