Pastor's Corner February 2017

There are two ideas on my mind. First in this era, there is more rapid communication yet less understanding among people. Secondly there is a decreasing use of Bible ideas and concepts in our words of communication. Both of these situations have gotten worse with each passing decade. We live in a self-centered world where more problems arise from misunderstanding of emails, texts, voice mail and interpersonal relationships. People get hurt often by Facebook in pictures or words. I don’t want to talk against a program or application of a program, nor against how it is used. King David said, “Let the words of my mouth… be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD,…” (Psalm 19:14), and this should be our concern also. However in the last few decades the use of words and how the sentences are structured have changed and cause pain which unknown to the author of a communication. People are communicating but with a loss of understanding between those in the discussion. An example is, that in the past, words in bold, underlined, or all capital letters were acceptable. It drew attention to a point being discussed. But beware. Now someone may say the writer is yelling at them! In our world of millions, people are living without Christ, and using harsh words, there is more road rage and unhappy homes. There is help from pastors, spiritual leaders, counseling books, videos, and the Bible. Examples of videos can be “Fireproof” and “An Ounce of Prevention.” Let’s look at a few Bible verses for instruction from God. If one is not using the Bible, Jesus said “… Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29). We all must “Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read:…” (Isaiah 36:16). Remember, we serve the Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus “…in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (or words) (Romans 7:6). Our words should be just “…written not with ink, but with the Spirit…” (II Corinthians 3:3) for “… the letter (our letters) killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” (II Corinthians 3:6). Our communication with others must be encouraging, spiritual and loving which will let Christ’s love shine from us to the world.

Pastor Ed Lewin

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