“Tweets” at their best are a brief, concise, memorable, pithy summary and statement of a position that one believes and holds to be significant
At worst, they are a simplistic, opiniated and nonsensical reduction of a complex issue to less than 120 words.
As Christians we should be able to express succinctly and well our faith in a tweet.
We also need to both defend or our faith and argue persuasively for it in a substantial debate.
This monthly series of “Triumphant Tweets” is intended to give us examples of concise expressions of what we believe and why. You are free to use them as you wish, as personal reflection, home group study or in family studies.
They set out to be encouraging and to help us reflect on what is means to belong to Jesus.
Triumphant Tweet: November 2018
As I tweet, we await the electoral results of the US elections for Congress and Senate. Nothing is known and virtually anything can happen. It is right out of my control. I am powerless and this is of huge importance. Often life is like this. We seem to have no real choices – just bad options.
But by facing our challenges, we overcome them. But only if we accept and face the power and grace of Jesus.
“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” Marcus Aurelius
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Hebrews 11:1
Triumphant Tweet: September 2018
The great chess player Bobby Fischer said some interesting things. For example, he said (and today, he might have tweeted)
“I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.”
Christians believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in understanding Him, who God is and what God has said and done. This is commonly called Theology” (literally, “the study of God”) Our “good moves” are inspired by Jesus and we follow his good moves.
Fischer also said: I like the moment [in chess] when I break a man's ego.
We all know that crushing moment when we feel defeated. But Jesus has all the best moves to prevent that breaking us.
Triumphant Tweet: August 2018
“My momma always said; “life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” Forrest Gump
When I was young, I always wanted to get the Turkish Delight in the chocolate box. Turkish delights had a flavour all of their own. I know this is a bit of absolute trivia, but the first Turkish delight was made by Bekir Affendi in 1877 in Istandbul. Amazingly his original shop still stands and is run by his direct descendants. If you want the real thing, you have to look for it. And it may be in the obvious place – where it was in the beginning.
“Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we'll skip and dance all the day long.” Forrest Gumpwpoi;ld have loved that.
Triumphant Tweet: June 2018
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
Not all of us are musicians. Not many of us are acknowledged as good musicians. The vast majority of us are consumers of music. But music is food for the soul, both through the music and the words. Good music makes us think and feel higher than we expected!
The great hymns of the 19th century expressed faith in thought-provoking ways and provided good, popular tunes for their time. We can do the same today. Listen to good music both the music and the words, and see what God says to you.
From Bridge over Troubled Waters
When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all (all)
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Triumphant Tweet: May 2018
North and South Korea sign an historic agreement and take the world by surprise. It is better than taking the world by force, or deception, or cyber-bullying or terrorism. Sometimes words are important, especially when there is a hand shake and a written and signed document. Jesus is God’s word to his, an agreement or covenant sealed by God’s “handshake” with us and recorded in the Bible. God is no cyber-bully.
Reconciliation in Korea will be long, hard and slow. But as Martin Luther King Jr might have tweeted:
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Or Albert Einstein:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Abraham Lincoln also gives us a warning:
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”
Or a tweet to Job (and us and may be the people of Korea) “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favour.” Job 11:18-19
Triumphant Tweet: April 2018
“Holy sites near where Jesus was baptised could be landmine-free by Easter 2019” NZ Herald
You can’t be baptised or visit the Jordan river this year because you might get blown up. It is a scandal against heaven itself that landmines prevent Christians seeing where Jesus was baptised.
Kids of course pick up shiny, colourful, interesting looking things. Landmines are made to look shiny, colourful and interesting looking. Is there anything anywhere more evil that this? Landmines remain a curse throughout the world.
“Life is about making choices: you can either spend three quid on a glossy magazine or you can spend it clearing three square metres of minefield and help give people their lives back. As simple as that” Twiggy.
[Twiggy was a super slim teenage model in the 1960s who had a brain and a conscience, some acting ability and a sense of fashion design.]
Triumphant Tweet: March 2018
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10: 36
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Socrates (died 399BC)
“Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. Why deadly? Because it can distract you from God and make you unhealthy so that you can’t serve him fully. It makes us want more, to try the latest burger – or autumn fashion accessory. Healthy, enough, tasty washed down with a glass of gratitude should do the trick.”
Don’t forget to celebrate good food and good company when the right occasion arises though.”
Anyone who has seen an eagle flying effortlessly through the sky, or a snake sliding across a rock to bask in the sun, even just on TV, knows how simply beautiful and spectacular those sights are. Their movement is sheer poetry in motion. Sex is an amazing art and a a wonderful work of art. It is a gift given by God to two people to express their love for one another. I wish Solomon hadn’t mentioned the ship though. I get the point, but it reminds me of getting sea-sick. Maybe Solomon means that we should choose our times well when we go sailing and check the weather before we set out.
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