Sacred Silence (3 of 4)
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)
Society and Solitude
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?
Alone in Solitude (3 of 5)
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.''
The Secret Place (2 of 4)
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.
Paralleling Contrasts! (Spiritual Oxymorons!)
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.
A Secret Place Found
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.
The Ministry of Silence
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.
Serving in the Silence
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...
Entering The "Prayer Closet Door! (3 of 9)
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.
Silence (2 of 3)
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.
Faith in the Face of the Savior's Silence
by Robert Dawson
School is back in for our students and their families. It's always seems to be a struggle for those first few weeks of the school year for parents, faculty and students. Getting back into the hectic routine that defines our lives for 9 months of the year can easily drain you. It takes a little getting used to. You have the...
The Sin Of Silence
by Adrian Rogers
Take your bibles please and turn to Second Kings, chapter seven, as we're continuing to think on the miracles of Elisha, and how your life and my life can be the life of miracles through the supernatural life of the Lord Jesus Christ in us. And we are saying that the life of Elisha is an Old Testament illustration to us who are in...
The Sin of Silence
by James Merritt
‘‘You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can And will be used against you in a court of law. You have the Right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will Be provided for you. Do you understand these rights?’’ If you’ve ever seen a TV show, or a movie, or if you’ve Unfortunately been arrested, you...
The Sin of Silence (5 of 6)
by Stan Coffey
I want to say how much I appreciate young people and the youth choir. Praise God. We'd let you go down but there is no place to go. Amen? So I'll just preach to you up there and every once in a while I'll turn around and just preach to you a little bit. The choir enjoys that on Sunday mornings so much. I know it...
The Silence of a Father, the Sins of the Children
by Ken Trivette
There is one thing I have learned in the past 23 years; being a father is not an easy job. It is at times a delightful experience, but there are times when it is also a difficult excursion.As every parent knows, parenting is not without it's rewards, but it also not without its responsibilities. It is not without its thrills, but it also not...