Posted in Couples in Challenge

Words have meanings, please use them correctly

I realize this is my own amateur opinion. With that disclaimer I’m both NoahWebster180[1]giving and retracting my views all in one fell swoop. Huh? I’ll explain:

I’ve seen countless examples of family, spousal for example, communications take a hurtful toll over time due to the over use of confusing jargon. Sarcasm, for example, can be especially non productive when emotions or any stress level is involved. How do you know what your spouse is feeling on a subject deep down ? Whats ‘quippy’ and ‘cute’ to you may only be making the other persons view point seem of marginal value. Take the following for excerpt for example from Webster’s wiki.


In the early 1960s, Webster’s Third came under attack for its “permissiveness” and its failure to tell people what proper English was. It was the opening shot in the culture wars, as conservatives detected yet another symbol of the permissiveness of society as a whole and the decline of authority, as represented by the Second Edition.[25] As historian Herbert Morton explained, “Webster’s Second was more than respected. It was accepted as the ultimate authority on meaning and usage and its preeminence was virtually unchallenged in the United States. It did not provoke controversies, it settled them.” Critics charged that the [Webster’s Third] dictionary was reluctant to defend standard English, for example entirely eliminating the labels “colloquial”, “correct”, “incorrect”, “proper”, “improper”, “erroneous”, “humorous”, “jocular”, “poetic”, and “contemptuous”, among others.[26]


No compare to http://webstersdictionary1828.com/NoahWebster

In 1807 Webster began compiling a fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-eight years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Greek, Hebrew and Latin.

Noah Webster was a Christian and famously said “Education is useless without the Bible.” His dictionary contains seventy thousand words and over six thousand Bible references and remains one of the only mainstream dictionaries to use Bible references to demonstrate the meaning of words. His dictionary is an essential tool for anyone studying the Bible.

Christian readers will find it rewarding to compare his definitions of such words as “marriage”, “education”, “sin”, “law”, “faith”, “prayer”, etc., with those given in any modern dictionary.loving-god-withallofyourheart-ha8022215-14-638

He worked hard to use scripture as a base for word meanings.

Think about the old saying ‘its not funny if only one person is laughing’. Better yet, think about the scriptural passage “But let yourYesbe ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” Matt 5:37

Finally:

9dfa364d5f5ed011c60a0851b00bc629[1]…that’s just how I see it.

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Posted in Growing couples, Tools for Couples

Free Classes – for growth

We’ve already discussed the importance of having ‘tools’ ahead of need. bibleteachingOne resource I mentioned we use is http://odb.orgĀ  aka: Our Daily Bread. You can listen and follow along in many languages & translations. Further, the website offers classes – many free – such as these:

I pray this resource adds depth to your marital walk. What favorite resource do you have and why is it so useful in your situation ?