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March 14, 2012 - "Salt Your Speech" Edition
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Rush Limbaugh has been in hot water lately for his comments about Sandra Fluke. Now, I'm not a Rush fan, but I am a fan of free speech, which can include, at times, criticizing others. That's freedom of the press. However, it wasn't so much an opinion or a criticism that is the issue here, but rather a simple case of "name calling". Thankfully, Rush is being held accountable for this... however, how often do we do similar and think nothing of it?
One of my favourite TV characters is Oscar Leroy of Corner Gas fame. Oscar had a habit of calling, well, pretty much everyone, a jackass. While that particular phrase would be characterized as a "mild" curse word... it still is a curse word and, is so, because it demeans the other person. Pretty much all the words/phrases that society considers taboo are words that either degrade a beautiful thing and/or degrade the person the word is directed at. And a word doesn't have to be an official "swear" to be damaging. Limbaugh used the word "prostitute", which isn't an offensive word by itself; but he was using it in such a way as to demean and belittle a person.
So, here's the rub. The Bible instructs us to watch our mouths and let our speech be seasoned with salt. We need more respectful speech with everyone, including our enemies! Explosive and abusive language has no valid reason to exist in our world today...however, it seems that the media thinks just the opposite! TV shows, movies, and music are all pulling us to the potty mouth instead of the salt mouth. Invectives are now common place on prime time TV, somehow making a show "edgy" or "hip" but, in reality, they are making it like a Jr. High locker room. My mom always said that a mature person can control his/her tongue.
By the way, many people attempt to enforce the "taking the Lord's name in vain" commandment with this stuff... but any biblical scholar will tell you that it doesn't actually apply here. The third commandment is more about swearing an oath than curse words.
Would it be too much to ask to have this whole Limbaugh/Fluke issue result in people respecting others with their words?
Is it too much to ask our Parliament to not hurl insults while others are talking?
Is it too much to ask TV/Movies/Music to tone it down?
Is it too much?
I actually don't think it is!
"I am always going into the far country and returning as a prodigal and thou art always bringing forth the best robe." - Puritan prayer
"Parties who want milk should not sit in a field waiting for a cow to back up to them."~ unknown
Proverb of the Week:
16:3 "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."
During his lifetime, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings.
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- Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. - Bolivia Team Meeting
- Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. - Ladies' Care Group
- Thursday - 9:30 a.m. - Coffee at the Bus Depot
- Thursday - 12:00 noon - Lenten Service & Lunch at Grace United Church
- Thursday - 6:00 p.m. - Alpha Marriage Preparation Class
- Thursday - 7:00 p.m. - Karie G.'s CARE Group at Terry & Penny G.'s home - watching "Amish Grace" this week
- Saturday - 7:00 p.m. - Steve D.'s CARE Group (Ask Lyle K. about location.)
- Sunday - Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Pre-Service Prayer at 10:15 a.m., Coffee Fellowship at 10:30 a.m., Sunday Morning Service & Sunday School (age 3 to grade 5) & Toddlers and Two's Program at 10:45 a.m.
- Sunday - 12:15 p.m. - Short Membership Meeting
- Sunday - 7:00 p.m. - Country Church
- Monday - 7:00 p.m. - Prayer Meeting
- Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. - Coffee at Humpty's
- Tuesday - 7:00 p.m. - Louise S.'s CARE Group
- Tuesday - 7:00 p.m. - Doug H.'s CARE Group
- Wednesday - 9:30 a.m. - Pastor Joell's CARE Group
- Spaghetti Lunch (SERVE Fundraiser) - Sunday, March 25
- Movie Night - "Apostle Peter & The Last Supper" - Tuesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
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Rushing back in, they found him crying hysterically. He managed to tell them that he had swallowed a penny and he was sure he was going to die. No amount of talking was helping.
His father, in an attempt to calm him down, palmed a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it from Sammy's ear. Sammy was delighted.
In a flash, he snatched it from his father's hand, swallowed, and then cheerfully demanded, "Do it again, Dad!"
To tell the weather, go to your back door and look for the dog.
If the dog is at the door and he is wet, it's probably raining.
But if the dog is standing there really soaking wet, it is probably raining really hard.
If the dog's fur looks like it's been rubbed the wrong way, it's probably windy.
If the dog has snow on his back, it's probably snowing.
Of course, to be able to tell the weather like this, you have to leave the dog outside all the time, especially if you expect bad weather.
Sincerely, The CAT
A burglar entered the house of a Quaker and proceeded to rob it. The Quaker heard the noise and took his shotgun downstairs.
Upon finding the burglar, he aimed his gun and said gently,
"Friend, I mean thee no harm, but thou standest where I am about to shoot."
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Devotional:"My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity." (Proverbs 3:1-2)
Do you ever wonder what it means to "trust God" or "have faith"? Those are kind of squishy words that can mean all kinds of things to lots of different people. You can say to yourself, "I will start trusting God . . . now." And then what?
We're going to spend this next week getting practical with Proverbs 3. It is full of wisdom from a father to a son (and from God to us) about what we should do to trust God. How do we put faith into action?
Step one, says the wise father (and God), is to remember. Remember His teachings. Remember the words and commands of God. And then store them permanently in your heart so you can obey them. That's bottom line wisdom: "Remember and obey God's Word; it leads to good things!"
Want to get practical about your faith? Find a way to keep from forgetting what God teaches and to do it.
Think: Do you do anything on purpose to try to get God's teaching into your head so you never forget it? Practically speaking, what could you do to make that happen?
Pray: Ask God to help you not to forget His teaching and to keep His commands in your heart.
Do: Install a couple of God's commands in your heart right now by memorizing (or brushing up on) Proverbs 3:5-6.
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