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The Telephone (2 of 4)
Series: ReINVENTing LIFE - Accomplish More by Doing Less
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• John 1:14 (NIV)
1. PAY THE PRICE TO REVEAL MY HEART
"The word became flesh ...."
• Share my time
• Share my troubles
2. STOP TALKING AND START LISTENING
"The word ... made his dwelling among us ...."
When I was a kid, if you wanted your own, personal mobile phone, it would look something like this. Two tin cans and a string. A lot has changed over the last few years because kids now have these - cell phones with all the features so they can talk to and text message their friends while they down load video games and music. We have all these complicated communication devices today, but it seems like very few people are really communicating. The lines of communication are breaking down between husbands and wives, parents and teenagers, bosses and employees, co-workers and friends. That's why today we are going to talk about the 411 on communication as we continue the series that I'm calling ReINVENTing LIFE as we've been taking some of the great inventions of the past and using them to talk about some deep principles from God's Word on how to accomplish more by doing less. Today we are going to use Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone to dial into God's information on communication. In 1876 when Bell spoke the first words Mr. Watson come here into a crude invention called the telephone no one could have ever imagined how the world would soon become so much smaller as the lines of communication would connect us all. But like every great invention that creates convenience, it also created complications. Before the telephone if you wanted to communicate with someone it wasn't very convenient. You would have to go to where they were and talk to them face-to-face. Experts tell us that 80% of all communication is non-verbal. That is, facial expressions, hand gestures, body language. So, when you talk to somebody on the phone you are only giving to them about 20% of what you are trying to convey. Now to make life even more convenient in our communication we have text messaging so you don't even have to hear their tone of voice. So when you text message someone they are missing about 90% of what you are trying to communicate. Now, I'm not advocating throwing away your cell phone. I don't know what I would do without one, but I am saying that we need to get serious about God's principles for communicating effectively. Because communication breakdowns are the greatest cause of stress and conflict in the workplace and in our homes today. Military commanders know if you are going to win the battle, the first thing you do is you knock out the lines of communication of your enemy.