June 03, 2012 journal, Charles Stanley sermon on forgiveness, have no root of hatred from In Touch Atlanta First Baptist Church. The cost of uncontrolled anger. Self righteousness. READ James 1:19-20-Anger is an extremely powerful emotion. It can destroy lives, tear relationships apart, and ruin a believer's witness. The apostle Paul understood the negative potential of resentment, and he offered this advice on how to deal with it: "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:31-32). When we're right in the middle of tense situations, Paul's recommendations may seem unrealistic and impractical. But unless we apply his advice, we could easily face the devastating consequences of uncontrolled rage. For example, our anger can shut down communication with others. It can also lead to a silent but very damaging type of resentment-the "passive-aggressive" person takes out his bitterness on others in subtle ways. One of the most harmful consequences of uncontrolled anger is depression. Over time, inner turmoil and unresolved conflicts will take their toll on a person's mental health. But we have a choice. We can let our anger control us-which means we opt to suffer the consequences. Or we can release this debilitating emotion by forgiving those we feel have stirred our bitterness. Try to identify causes of anger in your life, and bring them before the Lord. Trust that He will empower you to overcome these sources of strife. Read Ephesians 4:31-3 once more, and let the truth of God's Word strengthen you. Read the message and apply it to your heart today. "Anger is the most dangerous of all emotions. But not all anger is bad. In this message, Dr. Stanley explains how we can determine if our anger is righteous or sinful and how to deal with it. He also describes inappropriate ways of handling this volatile emotion. Anger is an extremely powerful emotion. It can destroy lives, tear relationships apart, and ruin a believer's witness. But we have a choice. We can let our anger control us-which means we opt to suffer the consequences. Or we can release this debilitating emotion by forgiving those we feel have stirred our bitterness." (Continue reading The cost of uncontrolled anger.) I see a need for this simple grassroots preaching. Stanley's mission statement-"Why We Do What We Do, Our mission is to lead people worldwide into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to strengthen the local church. Every activity of In Touch must support this mission; and every employee should be experiencing his or her own increased intimacy with, and knowledge of, the Lord. As our vision states, we at In Touch are proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people in every country of the world. It is our desire to do this as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible to the glory of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the ministry has eternal consequences in the lives of others, our personal area of responsibility is of vital importance to the success of our mission and requires that our service be rendered with excellence, enthusiasm, and in harmony with our fellow employees. In Touch has been privileged to receive enormous blessings from the Lord during its history. None of us can take any personal credit for the ministry on In Touch. Nevertheless, because we are all part of the Body of Christ, each employee of In Touch is key to disseminating God's truth. Each person here, like each part of the Body, is dependent upon the others. As members of the Body at In Touch Ministries, we hold dearly to the following: Values-Ministry-Minded-In order to be used of God fully in the Ministry, we must continue to grow spiritually by being in the Word, in prayer, and in fellowship with other believers, "so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10). Integrity-The truth is our banner. We recognize the need for strict honesty in our dealings with co-workers, partners, and others."In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us" (Titus 2:7-8). Humility-All credit and acclaim for success is rightly given to God. We duly recognize that this is His work and we are vessels of His power and purpose. "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3). Innovation-Nothing we do is found in its final stage. We desire to improve, expand and sharpen every communication method, process, and procedure. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10). Excellence-The call of God requires a commitment to high standards. All that we do together must pass this test. "Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence" (Ruth 3:11). Initiative-The responsibility to excel lies on all of us individually. We must be willing to communicate our ideas, dreams, and concerns even at risk of possible professional embarrassment. "You yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed" (Acts 10:37). Accountability-Just as in our physical body, our partnership with the Ministry requires interdependence, respect, and inspection to perform our best. "Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God" (Romans 3:19). God has promised to avenge our enemies so there is no need to be angry at them, be happy". This is a lot to live up to but may God bless In Touch Ministries to be heard and felt around the world preaching the gospel. Why I Returned My Medals-Graham Clumpner, Truthout: "I could see things deteriorating every day. Our contact with the locals only isolated us and made things worse. Our treatment of the prisoners was what changed me. When they were blindfolded and handcuffed, it was easy to see them as less than human. So, we treated them that way. The medal I returned outside the NATO summit was the Global War on Terrorism Medal or GWOT. I refer to it as the Global War OF Terrorism. That's what we are, the purveyors of terror to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq." Arun Gupta and Steve Horn | The Silver Lining in Walker's Victory Arun Gupta and Steve Horn, Truthout: "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not win the June 5 recall vote because a parade of Daddy Warbucks stuffed his suit full of six-figure checks. The Democratic challenger Tom Barrett did not lose be-cause he raised a scant $4 million to Walker's $30 million war chest. Walker won because he had a vision, however brutish, and he forged a rich-poor alliance that supports it."