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SERMONS & MEDIA ON SILENCE/SOLITUDE

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SILENCE/SOLITUDE SERMON OUTLINES

by Kerry Shook

''The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.'' Hab. 2:20 (NIV) ''God is in His holy Temple! Quiet everyone-a holy silence. Listen!'' (Msg) The Benefits of Silence: - Draws me closer to God ''Draw near to God and He will draw near to you....'' James 4:8 (NKJV) ''And in the morning, a long time before daylight, (Jesus) got up and went out to a quiet place, and there He gave himself up to prayer.'' Mark 1:35 (BBE)

by George H. Morrison

In the early ages of the church-ages that teemed with fantastic speculation-there was a sect of mystics who spoke much of angels, and gave them a place that dominated everything. By them the gulf was bridged between God and man; by them creation and the law were mediated; and all these angels in their unceasing agencies were regarded not as single but in pairs. Now that was a dream of oriental mystics, but I think we can see the facts that gave it birth. For human life, when you begin to brood on it, is it not strangely paired in its experiences?

by Stephen Whitney

In November of 2000 writer John Daniel began a five month self-imposed solitude in the mountains of southwestern Oregon where he stayed in a 400 square foot cabin was made of rough-sawn planks and plywood with three small rooms. When he first arrived he was so happy that the first messages he left for his wife made her a little angry that he didn't miss her more. While fishing in early December, Daniel was surprised to hear somewhere down the river an orchestra playing Beethoven's ''Ode to Joy.''

by Duane Bemis

Are you ready to delve deeper into the scriptures to find out how to be a great man or woman of ''Faith''? The answer is found in opening our Bibles and knowing what it says. One lady who has been saved for 50 years does not think she has ever read her Bible through cover-to-cover. Great seeds of faith have their beginning and their end in the Word of God. But beyond knowing God's Word also demands that we act upon what it teaches and instructs us to do.

by Dennis Marquardt

INTRO: It is interesting to note that there are a number of ''Paralleling Contrasts'' in the Bible. What I mean by this are things that seem similar; but contrast with each in meaning. For instance; in the very beginning we have Satan coming to tempt Adam and Eve with an invitation ''take and eat - and so the first Adam brought death. The 2nd Adam Jesus comes later and invites the disciples to ''take and eat'' and it brings life. These are parallel invitations with contrasting results.

by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

As I prayed one Sunday morning before getting ready to go to church, all of a sudden I felt myself taking several deep breaths as this prayer came to mind, ''My soul pants for Thee.'' The previous week had been exhausting, mentally and emotionally. There were problems with a computer breakdown, then glitches in the computer software. Additional overtime and miles traveled to a part time job also had taken their toll. Saturday had been one of much needed rest with no demands, yet upon waking on Sunday, the fatigue remained. A cloud of depression was descending at full speed, and my soul was crying out.

by George H. Morrison

There are certain voices which we never hear save when everything is silent. They reach us as a revelation of the stillness. Sometimes on a summer afternoon one gets away from city or from village and climbs up the grassy hillside until all the noise of human life is lost, and it is often then that there breaks upon the ear a certain indistinguishable murmur as of the moving of innumerable wings. Travelers tell us that there are rivers flowing beneath the streets of the ancient city of Shechem.

by Joe Alain

The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is one of great faith and hope. We find their account recorded in Luke chapter 1. Verse 5 provides the setting for the story. The reference to "the days of Herod" reminds us that this was a dark time in the world. Herod the Great was an evil man (see Matthew 2) and a paranoid tyrant who held on to his throne at all...

by Dennis Marquardt

INTRO: Jesus when teaching about prayer invites His disciples not to be concerned about the public demonstration of prayer ... but to find a place of prayer in a special ''closet!'' The term ''prayer closet'' comes from this passage of scripture; but many really don't comprehend what it actually means, because they are thinking of a regular closet, not the ''treasure room'' which is the literal translation from the Greek word used. So, what was Jesus trying to say here? PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to have a private prayer life that is an important part of our relationship with God.

by Kerry Shook

1. SILENCE REDUCES MY STRESS 2. SILENCE EXPRESSES MY FAITH 3. SILENCE EMPOWERS MY COMMUNICATION 4. SILENCE INCREASES MY SENSITIVITY Silence is a powerful thing. In our noise saturated society, just a few moments of silence seems to scream at us and grab our attention like nothing else, but silence is an uncomfortable thing. We really struggle with it. It makes us feel uneasy. Dallas Willard says, the hardest thing to get Americans to do is nothing.