Thoughts from Amanda. Mamelodi, South Africa. April 17, 2011.
We woke up at 630 today and left at 8 for church. And when we got to church around 9, everything was in full session.
Worship and prayer.
I even joined in on what I believe to be Zulu worship songs.. they had lines like "Qhawe Lamaqhawe" which essentially means warrior and "Makabongwe".. which I can't figure out just yet.
Church got out at noon. Yes.
But let me give you the sermon notes, so you can see what a church around the world studies weekly:
Five different kinds of lies:
Cruel lie--motivation: anger, revenge.
Protective lie--motivation: fear: protect yourself, avoid consequences/punishment/embarrassment.
Covering up lie--motivation: insecurity: to impress people, boost self esteem, exaggeration.
Calculated lie--motivation: selfishness: get way through lies, people who love money, flatterers (the worst kind of traitors: praise you without meaning it, to gain your affection).
Convenient lie--motivation: laziness: avoiding involvement
Three ways to tell the truth:
Tell it completely. Someone who doesn't tell the truth causes trouble. Or you undermine your relationships. "Don't tell me what I think, tell me what you feel and completely." Prov 28:23 NLT --"In the end people appreciate frankness more than flattery." "So let's tell the truth, amen?" "Lift your hand up and say Lord, I will tell the truth!"
Tell the truth lovingly. Eph 4:29 (GN): "Speak only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who hear." Truth stinks. If you don't tell it lovingly, people will interpret it as an attack. Avoid saying" "You never do this!" "You always do that!" "Always you are like this!" "Always you useless!"
Tell the truth tactfully. Proverbs 12:18 "Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal." You have an option. How to tell the truth. "I can break, I can hurt, I can heal with words." "Plan your presentation. Contemplate, think it over, how am I-um-going to tell it." Think before your mouth says it. "Because sometimes our mouth goes before our thinking." "Timing is everything in solving any problem." "There is a right way and a right time for everything." "And never say behind backs, go to your brother and sister and say it." "Let's be real friends. You can help make me a better person, a better pastor."
~~Pastor Titus spoke in English and Pastor Julius translated.
Bonus pic of the day
Connor and Ameha (yeah coolest name ever) arm-wrestling after church