Isn’t it amazing how sometimes we get all tangled up with the words we speak
and end up not being clear about what we’re trying to say? Back when I was
in high school I had a poster that read, "I know you think you understand
what I said, but what you don’t understand is that what I said wasn’t what I
meant." Are you ever misunderstood? I’ve noticed that it happens everywhere,
at work, at home, at school. Believe it or not, it even happens at church.
Every so often, Abigail Van Buren in her column, Dear Abby, runs a list of
church bulletin misprints and church sign bloopers that prove that we in the
church occasionally have problems saying what we mean. Here are some recent
The bulletin of a church in Iowa announced: The Low Self-Esteem Support
Group will meet Thursday from 7 to 8:30p.m. Please use the back door.
Another church’s bulletin carried this announcement: Due to the Pastor’s
illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further
During a service one preacher made this announcement: "This being Easter
Sunday, we will now ask Mr. Vassilas to come forward and lay an egg on the
Another church newsletter had this: At the evening service tonight, the
topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and hear our choir practice.
Not to pick on the choir, but an announcement in one church read: Eight new
choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members
and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Steve Jackson, "The Power to Change Your Life"
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Contributed by Kyle Meador on Dec 18, 2000
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
Why do you suppose that some people are able to maintain intimate communications with God when others cannot? In this passage we are given some insights into how the apostles experienced benefits from their pure spiritual communications.