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The English language can sometime be rather misleading - especially where there are two or even three meanings for a particular word. For example ‘fair’ - can mean a country fair, it can mean a fair complexion, or it can mean to be fair. There are also other words that are spelt differently but have the same sound. For example to, too, and two, or there, their, and they’re.
An extreme example is the word "set" which apparently has 464 different definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary - the word "run" has 396 different meanings - and the word "go" seemingly has 368 different meanings. Far to/too/two numerous to/too/two get your head around.
How many times do you remember being told as a kid - to mind your language, when you have used words that we deem to be inappropriate or classed as ‘swear words’ - however they are all just words. Our words have their own way of conveying messages to other people. Sometimes that is straightforward and easy, while other times we misunderstand or only partially hear the words of another person and we may become annoyed, or shocked, or pleasantly surprised by what we think we hear. The words we receive from others are put through the filter of our own thoughts and own understanding of life - where we place specific meaning of some words, and almost no meaning on others.
In this way words can change people’s lives - they can destroy, and they can move people to such an extent that they change their whole life direction. For example allegations of sexual misconduct against a person can destroy that person’s future prospects - whether they are true or not - for often mud sticks. Likewise, the right words used at the right time, in the right manner, with the right attitude, can build up, and encourage, and support a person to stretch out their hands and walk forward with confidence and conviction.
Such words have the capacity to squeeze out despair, and replace it with hope - to replace desolation with possibility - and to remove misery, and replace it with hopefulness. These are words of life to the dejected and the hopeless - words of possibility to the downtrodden and despairing - words of new and exciting possibilities that a moment ago, were simply dust.
Jesus had a fantastic way of using words to challenge and to support, to confront and to comfort, to provoke and to enthuse. And we also know that Jesus lived in a physical world with all of its situational realities, and yet was not one to let people get away with simply feeling sorry for themselves because of another’s words - or by being fobbed off with well worn clichés - or by racing ahead of ourselves with half-truths and hear-say. Jesus was - and still is - looking for real answers - with real commitment - from real people.
At his eloquent best, Jesus spoke of enormously significant events in an easy and understandable manner. He would also often answer questions with questions - to bring about more thought and hopefully some insight to the questioner - or as modern theory goes - to practice mindfulness. He was also known for offending the people of his day - not out of spite, but to get them to look past their well trodden, habitual, and often restrictive cultural and domestic habits.
Jesus well understood that his words would have a deep impact on those who listened. Many of his words and his actions upset the local church authorities - troubled those who were traditionally in charge - and agitated those who kept strict control of the masses.
If you choose to be Christian, be prepared to answer hard questions. Jesus’ love comes in the form of questions and we can’t simply just fob him off. So choose your words carefully, as words have power - however, it’s ultimately our actions - motivated by our thoughts and our beliefs - that will make the difference on our world. We will be known by whether our actions fit with our words.
Peace Rev. Bruce Wood
What a great way to Celebrate Easter morning and the rising of the sun/son for a new day.
20 of our people travelled to the Shady Creek property of Eric and Margaret
Smith to participate in, and to enjoy a short dawn service —
At our Men's Group meeting on Monday 6 May, Don Cracknell shared his “Tale of Life's Journey: Forks and Choices through 80 Years”.
Inspired by the Robert Frost poem (The Road not taken) Don reflected on life’s “forks in the road” and the consequences of the choices we make.
“Two roads diverged in the wood, and I took the one less travelled and that has made all the difference”.
Don and Meryl’s story covered their life in Papua New Guinea, nearby Islands, northern Australia, south west Victoria and to finally settling in Gippsland.
Those who attended were blessed to hear Don and Merryl’s inspiring story.
Thank you for supporting our 2019 Church Fete. Saturday 13 April was a great day of activity, fun, and fellowship at our church! From apples and manure to model trains and books, from white elephants and plants, to a delicious lunch and the local band. A good time was had by all. The financial total at the end of the day was $5,556.60
However, with considerable ’post-fete’ sales of potatoes, apples and garden manure, we have reached a magnificent total of $6,683.64
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the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.
working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins,
day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass.