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The title of this blog is a slogan that I seem to see regularly in the Daily Telegraph. ‘Words are powerful, Choose them well’. In the following examples, selected from today’s news, you will see the powerful and sometimes devastating effect that words can have.

Comments on Social Media can affect the outcome of court cases

The Attorney General has recently commented that the justice system needs to catch up with the modern world. In the past, only the Media had the power outside of the courts to influence jurors and if they did not have access to newsprint this could generally be avoided.

Now with the advent of social media, the possibilities are endless. Members of the public don’t understand the implications of the Contempt of Court Act and may comment on cases without realising the damage that this can do to the outcome of a case.

The power of words!

Threats and accusations can wreck lives and careers!

A recent court case in the U.K., between two former lovers, brought out into the open accusations that resulted in Matthew Baron, a palaeontologist being banned from his college and ending with his reputation in tatters. He said his life in Cambridge became almost “untenable” after Miss Cooke (his ex-fiancée) accused him of beating her when he ended their year-long engagement in February last year. Miss Cooke had an affair during a trip to the Pacific islands. The defendant, Baron, who lectures at Cambridge said that Cooke had made threats to ruin him when he broke the engagement and asked her to move out of the apartment they shared.

The devastating effect of words!

A certain type of accent, voice and words can win hearts and minds. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg – Tory MP for NE Somerset, and, assumed to be, future Conservative Leader uses words and phrases that have not been heard for a generation on the BBC. On a recently hosted radio phone-in people heard phrases such as “Not a brass farthing,” in relation to the UK’s debt to the European Union. His voice sounds like it has travelled in a time machine and takes us back to the Edwardian era with quaint expressions and an accent to match. 

The persuasive effect of words?

Scrabble – words you never thought existed now are acceptable. 

I am told that a new edition of the word game ‘Scrabble‘ has been launched in Australia. The glossary of the new version allows slang words such as “cozzie”, “flanno” and “schnitty” to be played.

‘Scrabble’ purists will no doubt feel aggrieved that this has happened but they can rest easy as the change only applies to ‘Scrabble‘ sets sold in Australia. ‘Scrabble’ was the brain child of an out-of-work New York architect, Alfred Mosher Butts, in 1948.     

The distressing effect of words!

Words are powerful; especially the Word of God 

Christians have believed for a long time that the Bible is the word of God, we believe that men wrote it but that they were somehow communicating the very words that God intended us to read. I am going to finish this post by quoting a number of passages from the Bible. I believe that whether you believe the Bible is the word of God or not that God can speak to you through it. In other words, the powerful words of scripture are not effective because any individual believes them to be God given but because they actually are. My prayer is that God will bless you, today, through His word.

Hebrews 4:12-13

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

1 Peter 1:22-25

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Romans 10:5-18

For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “ ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

The life changing effect of words!

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On His Plan For Your Mate

Everyone longs to give himself completely to someone: to have a deep soul relationship with another; to be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But, God to a Christian says, no, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content with being loved by Me, alone. With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me. To having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me, alone. Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, will you be capable of the perfect human relationship that I plan for you.


You will never be united with another until you are united with Me, really united with another, exclusive of anyone, or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing…one that you cannot imagine.


I want you to have the best, please allow Me to bring it to you. Just keep watching Me...expecting the greatest things. Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I Am. And keep listening and learning the things I tell you.


You just wait, that’s all…wait. Don’t be anxious, don’t worry, don’tlook around at the things that others have gotten or I have given them. Don’t look at the things you think you want. Just keep on looking off and away to Me, or you will miss what I want to show you. And then, when you are ready , I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than anything you would dream of.


You see, until you are ready and until the one I have for you is ready, and I am working even at this moment to have both of you ready at the same time. Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me and the life I prepare for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me. And this is perfect love. And, dear one, I want you to have the most wonderful love.


I want to see in you, in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me. And I want you to enjoy materially, the everlasting union and beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself. I know that I love you utterly. I am El Shaddai-most loving Father, God Almighty. Believe it and be satisfied and I will satisfy you.

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Bank Holiday Monday. 

It is great to get away and relax on a Bank Holiday. I should say, for the benefit of those who don’t live in the UK, that a Bank Holiday is a national holiday. Everyone is off work for the day. Our tradition is for everyone to go to the same places to relax. As a result we have gridlock on country roads and motorways (Highways). We all enjoy the excitement of sitting for hours in a car and wondering what time we will arrive home. All in all, it’s a pretty relaxing day! I am talking a little tongue in cheek. You can have a great day out and be very relaxed if you choose well, where and when you are going. 

I was with my wife, son, daughter, son in law and granddaughter in Houghton Mill near Wyton. It was a beautiful day, the setting was perfect. We paddled in a stream, had a picnic, walked and talked, and laughed and played with our 14 month old adorable granddaughter. 
I had been in Northampton for the weekend talking to young people about God and why He deserves our worship and reverence. It was a fascinating study. The talks were all based on the experience of Ezekiel, an Old Testsment Prophet. 

The people of his generation had drifted away from faith in God. They had forgotten how amazing God is! Their lives had become routine, and complacency about spiritual issues had crept into their lives. Some of them had completely changed direction in life. Some of them had changed religion, some didn’t believe on God any more and some had become so busy with life that they didn’t think about spiritual issues any more. 

I have a feeling that this is pretty much the case with my generation. The categories that I have described sum up accurately the viewpoints of many people today. 

But in Ezekiel’s day something big happened. It all started with a vision that God gave Ezekiel. He was so blown away when he rediscovered what God was really like that it changed his way of thinking for the rest of his life. But the story gets better. Such was the change in Ezekiel that he became a messenger for God and spent the rest of his life persuading his peers about the reality of God. 

My prayer this Bank Holiday the light of the glorious gospel of Christ will shine in some person’s heart and that the result will be that they become a 21st century Ezekiel who God will use to communicate His message to their generation. 

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My first day in the district of Manyinga was spent with the Christians in the Manyinga Gospel Hall. It took fifteen minutes to walk there from Loloma Mission Station. To my surprise we were walking in sand, it felt as if we were crossing a desert. We passed a few washing and bathing areas as we approached the bridge to cross the river. This is a new bridge, parts of the old bridge can be seen beneath the new bridge lying in the river bed. The river depth markers indicated that the water, in the wet season, comes up to just under the level of bridge – this is quite a height! Crocodiles appear quite frequently, at that time of the year, so we were grateful that we are here in winter as are no crocodiles were to be seen. I am sure that I and some members of our party would have been a little more reticent to cross the river if there was any possibility of seeing one.


The conference day started with everyone congregating outside the Gospel Hall. Time was needed to greet everyone and to meet the elders of the church. The Regional Chief is a believer and so he came to the first two sessions of the conference. It is a cultural norm to kneel and bow before the Chief. Many of the congregation came to kneel before him, at the end of the second session, just before lunch. I am not convinced that people should kneel before the Chief in a church context but some people feel that this is right and culturally the locals find it very hard not to as they have been taught from childhood to do it (I will explain later that I do think people should respect the Chief). 


This particular chief has a lot of regional responsibilities due to the size of his region. The position of Chief is hereditary and is a long standing tradition. Head men in each village report in to the Chief and he is regularly consulted to settle disputes. The method of settling disputes is very intriguing. The Chief sits in an enclosure at his palace and has representatives who come to him with the particular issue under consideration. While the Chief is not seen he is sitting behind a screen close by and can hear all that is being discussed. His representative goes back and forth while the debate takes place and then the Chief makes a final decision which is binding. Sadly, Zambia, like the rest of the world is changing and some of his people do not feel that he has the same authority to make decisions that he once did. He is paid a salary by the government and has to work within government guidelines but I am told that, from time to time, there are some conflicts of interest. The Bible teaches that Christians should be ‘subject to the powers that be,’ in Romand chapter 13 verses 1-3 and 1st Peter chapter 2 verses 13-17. God created levels of authority for the good of society and expects people to acknowledge, respect and obey them. The only exeption to this is when a government forces a. Christian to disobey the word of God. In that case the Christian does not intentionally disobey the authorities but an act of purposeful obedience to the word of God unfortunately puts them in conflict with the law of the land. For a good example of this read Acts chapter 4 verses 1-22.


The conference went well. There were three bible teaching sessions. The topic for the day was ‘Four Proofs that you are a Chrstian’ and the evidence was drawn from the Epistle of First John in the New Testament. As I close this post let me list the four reasons for you. If you want the biblical references to back these points up please email me (stepcar61@gmail.com) and I will send them to you.


1. A Christian is someone who has their sins forgiven,

2. A Christian is someone who obeys the word of God,

3. A Christian is someone who loves their fellow believer,

4. A Christian is someone who believes that the Son of God was a real man called Jesus.


Thanks for reading this, 


Stephen