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Where Are Your Fingers Pointing?

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

It was a small village, which could only support a few traders to serve the basic needs of the villagers. Nobody traveled very far, and the simple strength of this community was held together by the trust people had in each other.

But the baker felt that the butcher, whose shop was right next door, had begun cheating him, and probably everyone else. Yes, those one-pound cuts of meat were regularly proving to be a few ounces short. Yet the butcher was a regular customer; buying bread each day before displaying his meat for sale; and in small towns, reputations are not lightly slandered.

The baker’s suspicions increased until it was time to take a stand, so he publicly accused the butcher and arraigned him before the visiting magistrate.

Angry villagers crowded the square as the baker’s damning evidence unfolded. Then, after the magistrate asked for his response, the butcher simply explained that, while waiting to have his broken scales fixed, he had bought a one-pound loaf of bread each day as a reliable measure!

The magistrate ruled:

Jesus warned us about judging others, lest we be judged by the same (harsh) measure, for four sound reasons.

· Being distracted by others’ faults blinds us to how we may overcome our own; · We cannot see into others’ motivations or backgrounds, to know the whole picture;

· Obsession with others’ faults can actually reproduce those faults within us;

· Whenever we point the finger at others, three more fingers are pointing back at us!   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 the Disciples 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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