Nonetheless, it is possible that, even in prayer itself, we could refuse to let ourselves be confronted by the freedom of the Spirit, who acts as he wills. We must remember that prayerful discernment must be born of a readiness to listen: to the Lord and to others, and to reality itself, which always challengesContinue reading “The call of prayer is to listen”
Reading for Today: Ps. 88, 91, 92 Gen. 47:1-26 1 Cor. 9:16-27 Mark 6:47-56 When we left Heights Church at the end of last year, the Lord gave me the thought of being in Troas. When Paul was on his mission and trying to get to certain areas, the Spirit closed the doors until PaulContinue reading “Journey to Troas — The Joy in the Journey”
His voice is love. His voice is power.
Our Sunday reading and my main message centers around the Lent reading guide we have been utilizing this season. This next Sunday we are in the Gospel of Mark, which has led me into the thought of, “How do we hear God?” The disciples had Jesus right there with them, and Mark is clear: they aren’t gettingContinue reading “Hearing God”
Breathe through the heat of our desire Thy coolness and Thy balm; Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm. (John Greenleaf Whittier) Be still before the Lord. Wait patiently for him. (Ps. 37:7) He always ready… and willing… to speak. It isContinue reading “Hearing the Voice of God”
Every once in awhile I blog on making a case for humming more. Or whistling. There’s not enough of it in our world anymore. My grandpa was a carpenter. I would watch him work and while he worked, especially when he was cutting a board, or measuring for the cut, he would whistle. As IContinue reading “The journey to hear his voice”
I reflected on this passage not too long ago, but the Lord testing me on this keeps it close. I need to HEAR! 11 The days are surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send hunger and thirst on the land; neither a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Lord ’s words. 12 They willContinue reading “The Silence of God”
There was a comedian I heard one time that said, “That person ministered in the pathetic.” Not prophetic, but pathetic. Too many times people think they have something to say and it turns out they’re saying nothing. To develop a prophetic voice, we need to develop a listening ear. To be the voice of GodContinue reading “Being the prophetic voice”
In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. (1 Sam. 3:1) The word of the Lord was rare in Israel in those days because no one was listening. Everyone was into their life. It’s not a matter of God “not speaking” in our world. It is a matter of us not listening.
After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. (1 Kings 19:12, CEB) The power of Elijah is found in his ability to hear the voice of God. He could separate out all the noise and know when God was coming by toContinue reading “The Power of Elijah”