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Day 25 Say Shibboleth three times fast!

Watch the link and read both bible passages.

Read: Judges 12.5-6. (NRSV)

It can be fascinating to study the various dialects of different languages. With the influence of different cultures, regions, and social intention words are sounded with different styles and inflections. An example might be seen referring to ‘you’, ‘ya’ll’, or ‘yous guys’ – all regional examples of the familiar you. Sometimes the wrong word gets us in trouble. The character Peggy, in the television show, King of the Hill, is a substitute teacher with her very own elementary and southern-Texan version of Spanish lands her in a Mexican court until she tells her side of the story in her own words. She tells the judge, speaking in her version of ‘Espanola’, that he has a big cat in his pants. Then the judge realizes her misuse of the language caused the trouble in the first place.

In the text, the enemy troops had the right password, but the wrong pronunciation. Some of the names in scripture are difficult. The general rule for pronouncing names that are difficult is to speak them boldly and not to stop for comments. The power of scripture is not in how we pronounce it. It is not limited to one language or dialect. But our use of language may speak to knowing our audience when we share the gospel. Do not be bashful about share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Call to Action: Read Acts 2:1-13 aloud and know how you pronounce the names of the cities and regions is not as important as proclaiming the power of the Holy Spirit and power of the church.

Prayer: Thank you for speaking to each of us in our own hearts. Resonate with us through your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Lent: Day 11 What Have the Children Seen Us Doing?

Read: Numbers 14.33 (NRSV)

Where did he learn to do that?

God expresses frustration over the Hebrews lack of faith in the wilderness. God pronounces a taste of their own words and actions. The punishment given by God is that none of the first generation that left Egypt would enter the Promised Land. Their children would be shepherded in the dessert to give them time and perspective to learn how to trust God in all things. God provides and calls for faithfulness.

The generation leaving Egypt complained and struggled for years and years and the children heard only the regret, fears, and problems. Who will tell them the stories of salvation? Who will teach them God’s promises? Who will show by example the life God hopes for the people?

Whenever we have children in our lives they watch carefully our actions and listen to our words. This is more true when they see our social media posts and we think we are only speaking to like minded adults.

Don’t miss out on God’s promises and don’t lead others into sin or temptation. We are more of a witness than we would like to admit in what we say and don’t say, and eat or drink. Be a witness of Christ.

Action Plan: By our actions, emotions and attitudes, what are we teaching the children of this generation about the love, power and grace of God? Take time to teach a child this week what God is calling you to make sure the next generation will remember.

Prayer: Yes, Lord, I receive your charge to keep the faith by sharing it with others. I will no longer be silent; you can count on me to be your witness. Amen.

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