Two students, James and John were given a grammar test by their teacher. The question was, “is it better to use “had” or “had had” in this example sentence?”
The teacher collected the tests, and looked over their answers.
James, while John had had “had”, had had “had had.” “Had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.
welcome to the english language
epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkköhän. now, that’s a one word. welcome to the finnish language.
3:34 pm • 27 July 2014 • 461,053 notes
“When you can let go of the idols of relationships, wealth, intellect, success, beauty, and career: you can actually enjoy them for what they are. You don’t expect salvation or redemption from them. You don’t crush them with expectations or demand them to serve your every whim. You instead see them as gifts, as privileges, as an honor to respect and to cherish. Treat the earthly as divine and you will lose both; treat the divine as your treasure and the earth will be just as beautiful.”
— J.S. (via jspark3000)
2:25 am • 24 July 2014 • 610 notes
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
I’ve often read Corinthians 2:1-5 before I’ve “stepped on stage” to deliver a sermon to remind myself that it’s not about me. It’s brings me peace, just knowing that. Especially important this passage was to me after one sermon that didn’t go exactly as I excepted. It was the third part of the grace-series that I was teaching at my church, one of my first sermons. I had been at the this conference for two days just before and I was really tired. The speech started alright, but then I proceed to talk about my own experiences of God’s grace and its transforming power. And suddenly I felt the presence of God filling me completely; His love and grace surrounding me. First I was half confused/half-amazed and then this idea stroke me: “I’m going to start to cry. In front of all these people. Oh. My. Goodness. What I’m going to do? I can’t hold it back!” I was holding back the tears, but I just couldn’t anymore, my voice broke. I started to cry, or more like sob. I couldn’t speak, or say a word and for a moment I just cried there, while all the people just watched, compassionately (that - at that moment - looked more like confused staring).
Finally I managed to get myself together and finish the sermon, but I really don’t remember what I said. I got back to my seat and then escaped the room, embarrassed. I stayed in this room alone for a quite some time, so I wasn’t there to hear any comments (I didn’t want to be, to be honest). But then when I finally emerged from my hiding place, our youth leader came to me and said: “Where did you disappear? Many came to tell me after, how touched they were by your speech!” And these comments kept coming, some even sent me a message on Facebook afterwards telling me how touched they were. And I really had no idea what was going on: it was God who was working.
What Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 seems to be exactly the opposite of what you would hear being thought nowadays about teaching and public speaking. Somehow, I guess, we’ve got this idea in our heads that for the sermon to be good and powerful the speakers has to be good and eloquent, making funny jokes and speaking in charismatic tone. Perhaps it is, because we don’t trust the Lord enough: that He could actually speak thourgh anyone (even a donkey!) and get His message through. Because that’s what it actually is: His message. When the Word of God is being preached it’s not just a mere informational occasion where the speaker tells the people what they should think and what they should do. When the Word is being thought, God Himself is present trough His Spirit and that’s what makes it so powerful: God Himself working in each listener’s heart.
We want good speakers so that people could get excited, ‘feel’ it. But excitement that mere social and psychological factors bring (“the good vibe”, lighting, music, speakers tone), does not last and bear fruit so abundantly or encourage growth that sustains. It might make us believe that feeling excited is a sign of the message of the sermon understood, contemplated and the put to practice. But the real work of the Lord is often more quiet and hidden, it happens in our hearts as we hear the message being preached and our soul nurtured when hearing the Word of God preached. And it lasts, grows quietly by the grace of God and then – when the time is right -, bears fruit. And this is all His beautiful work, for His own glory.
So, whether you a teacher or a listener, just relax and open your heart to hear and see what God is doing in His great power and love. If you feel like God is asking you to do something and you think that you “haven’t got what it takes”, don’t worry! Whether it is teaching, leading, serving, loving, sharing… God will give you what you need and He will do what is necessary. You just have to say “yes”.
1:16 am • 23 July 2014