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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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Is Jesus Christ the Son of God? Why are Christians so certain that is the case. Stephen points us back to the Bible to answer the question.

Life is full of questions and often the answers are difficult. Stephen Baker seeks to answer various questions about life and faith using the Bible as his only source. Listen to Stephen’s show, “Life Questions,” on HopeStreamRadio as he tackles the challenge of life questions.

is jesus the son of godIs Jesus the Son of God?

Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and why is it deemed to be so important? It’s an excellent question!

Christian belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe that God has revealed information, to the prophets who wrote the Bible, to point us in the right direction. Our beliefs are not just based on human research or discovery. In other areas of life when we want to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we seek information from a trustworthy source. So if you are researching space travel for the first time you would go to NASA or some other space agency to ask them questions. It is wise practice to go a reliable source.

The Truth About God

So, if you are serious about discovering truth about God and the spiritual world then you need to go to the most reliable source, the book of God, the Bible. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it’s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over a period of one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other and yet, amazingly, present the same message and principles from the beginning to the end.

The Bible 

The Bible has been proven to be God’s message to mankind. The evidence that the Bible we have today is the Bible that was written originally can be checked out from archaeology, history, geography and many other disciplines. To check this out you might want to read some of Lee Strobel’s books, he makes an excellent case for the veracity of the bible. In addition read John BlanchardJohn LennoxErwin W. Lutzer and Josh McDowell to name a few. This is not a myth but if you treat the Bible as one you will miss out on the most vital truths known to humanity.

is jesus the son of godFacts about Jesus the Son of God

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi, the time of his death, the method of his execution and His resurrection and lots more. Co-incidence, I don’t think so!

Predictions about Jesus

Finally look at the detailed predictions about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

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Angelic Words

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins‘. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God‘.

Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?

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Woman – onebowl

Signposts – GregMontani

 

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How much do we really value life? I watched a group of girls yesterday who were playing with a grasshopper. They weren’t hurting it just observing. The little creature had hopped on to their mat when they were having a picnic. It was fascinating to see their interest in such a tiny insect. 

When it came to putting the insect back in the grass what a fuss they made. You’d think that the little fella was a long time friend. It was so hard to say goodbye! It wasn’t going to be easy to let him go!
Is that the way you are with friends? How much do you value them, how much do you care about them?

My point? If a little creature can produce such rapt attention from a group of teenagers (they were all known to us, as we have been running a camp for them) how do you think God feels about us? He made us? We were made in His image. He loves us! 
What is our general response to God. As far as I can see we have at the least ignored Him and at the worst we have intentionally disobeyed and disrespected Him. 
The bible states that God still loves us despite our rude behaviour. He is not willing that any of us should perish. Unlike the insects and beasties we all see from time to time we are not dispensable. We have souls that are valuable in God’s eyes. 
Humans do not have the means to sort the problem of their sin of rebellion and ignorance which is why the gospel is all about Jesus, the Son of God. It’s focus is on the redemption he purchased by his death, burial and resurrection. The truth of the matter is that we are so valuable to God that he ‘spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,’ Romans 8:32. 
I close with a quotation from the book of Psalms. These verses highlight the value of the human, the impossibility of self redemption and the need for God to intervene and provide salvation.  I am so glad that God sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world. 
Psalms 49:5-13
Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,
Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?
No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—
That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.
For he sees that even wise men die;
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.
This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words.
Selah.


Many of you will now be on holiday. It’s a great feeling to be off but often anticipation of the holiday is half of the enjoyment. I always look forward to going on holiday. For weeks and often months I dream of the mornings when I don’t need to be up at the crack of dawn, when I can have lie in (and not feel guilty), when I can read my book and not think ‘O no, look at the time’ I’d better get to sleep’. Then the holiday comes and goes in a flash and it’s back to ‘brass tacks’ (I don’t know where the saying came from but I know what it means!).


I really enjoy my holidays. I like the time to reflect, meet my friends, discuss ‘everything under the sun’, eat, read, walk and doing lots of other things as well. The Bible teaches the principle of ‘taking time out’. The Lord Jesus told his disciples to ‘come apart’ and ‘rest a while’. When God made the earth he rested on the ‘seventh day’. It all adds up to the fact that we need to time to think, reflect, rest and enjoy the results of what we have been busy doing.


Do you take time out? Or is time to think and reflect wasted time in your reckoning?

I encourage you to take some time to think. Think about life, why we are here? What is it all about? Ask the dangerous questions! Read the Bible (the Word of God) and discover God who has the answers. 

God made us!

We will meet him one day!

He sent his Son, Jesus, into the world so that we could get to know Him. 

He understands that our sin and disobedience bars us from knowing Him personally. Like a good Father He holds us to account for our wrongdoing but unlike most, He is willing to pardon our sin because His Son, Jesus, took the punishment for us when he died on the cross.

Take time out today and learn the truth about you and your life. Read and thing about John 3:16 in the Bible, turn from your sin and trust the Lord Jesus for salvation.

John 3:16 says  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”

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Why are Christians are so convinced that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Well you might ask, it’s an excellent question.

Our belief is laid on a very solid foundation. First of all we believe in divine revelation not just human discovery. In fact to learn about something outside of our sphere of experience we all accept we need information from a trustworthy source. If you are serious about discovering the truth – check the Bible out. It is a trustworthy source. Read it, check it’s sources, speak to those who believe it, look at it ‘s accuracy in every sphere it touches. There can only be one answer to the question of the origin of a book that was written over one thousand five hundred years by forty different authors, many of whom did not even know each other. The Bible is God’s message to mankind.

Secondly check the facts concerning Jesus Christ. There are over three hundred signposts (biblical predictions/prophecies) which point to him. The chances of them all being fulfilled precisely in the life of one person, at the right time, in the right place are mindblowing odds apart from this fact – God planned it and implemented His plan in a person – His Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible predicts the mode of his conception, the place of his birth, his exile into Egypt, the slaughtering of the innocents, the gifts from the magi and lots more.

Finally look at the prediction about the way that Jesus would die. Psalm 22 and Isaiah 52 describe the horrific death of God’s Son a cross. Death by crucifixion was unknown when Psalm 22 was written about 1000 years before the death of Jesus but God knew that was the way that His Son would die.

In closing please listen again to the words of the angels who announced the birth of the Lord Jesus ‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’. Is he your Saviour? He died ‘for our sins’. He suffered ‘the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God’. Will you rest by faith on what the Lord Jesus did to save your soul?
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