Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Year – New Options

December 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

“Use a barometer to calculate a building’s height.” 

This physics exam question expected students to compare roof-top and ground-level air-pressure readings.

One student’s answer: “I’d drop the barometer from the top, time its fall, and calculate from the formula for gravitational speed;” was rejected. He challenged his lecturer who said, “You used the wrong formula.”

“But there are at least four other ways,” the student protested.

“I could measure the length of the building’s and barometer’s shadow, and then use Pythagoras’ Theorem for right-angle triangles.

“I could mark off the building in barometer-lengths as I climbed it with a ladder.

“I could lower the barometer on a string and measure the string’s length.

“I could tell the janitor: ‘If you tell me how high this building is, I’ll give you this barometer!’”

The lecturer relented.

New Year is a marking point; an opportunity to try new methods if old ways fail to engage whatever the future holds for us.

Openness always involves uncertainty, which also invites faith in God; so we may personally discover how His love and wisdom can infuse our plans and our decisions.

Faith never requires us to shut our brains down. Instead, it expands our thinking with God’s wider purposes, his limitless resources and his amazing generosity. For He invites us to discover the inner peace that He releases within His balance; so we can be confident that He will always be with us, whether we stay with what needs no change – or explore totally untried methods.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to theDisciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.


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