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"You never get to the point where everybody knows your story, where there is no more criticism. Remember, you are talking not to a crowd, but to a parade that is changing all the time. You must communicate with all the marchersyoung people are growing up, new people are assuming the burdens of the old, different people are moving into your area, even the same people are changing their thinking."
Dr. Ellin Greene, of the University of Chicago, has said, "We get so quickly sidetracked from the simple story nature of our faith. We begin to think that theology saves us, that truth is somehow embodied in our theology of the Atonement, or our mastery of eschatological charts. But when Jesus wanted to communicate the truth of God’s kingdom, he left out the polysyllables and told a story about a woman who lost a coin or a man who dug for treasure. The kingdom of heaven is like this … he said. Dare we ask for more scholarly explanation from the Son of God?”
"We can communicate an idea around the world in seven seconds, but it sometimes takes years for an idea to get through one-fourth inch of human skull."
One of the key problems in communicating is making yourself understood. A placard frequently seen posted on office walls reads:
“I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not...
"The worse the news, the more effort should go into communicating it."
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Here is how Max Lucado rates us as a society:
"Call us a fast society, an efficient society, but don’t call us a personal society. Our society is set up for isolation. We wear ear buds when we exercise. We communicate via e-mail and text messages. We enter and exit our house with gates and garage door openers. Our mantra: 'I leave you alone. You leave me alone.'"
(Source: "Out Live Your Life, page 54. From a sermon by Michael McCartney, Experience the Spirit in Service, 4/14/2011)
A Graduates Call
(Lord, teach us to pray)
Once Christian Graduates are continually feeding on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will move them to be like the disciple who came to Jesus and said, "...Lord teach us to pray..." (Luke 11:1)
A popular term used today is "What would Jesus do." He would pray about everything. Jesus prayed at His baptism, (Luke 3:21) He prayed before the choosing of the twelve, (Luke 6:12) when the crowds began to increase, (Luke 5:16) before He asked the twelve for their confession of faith, (Luke 9:18) and at His Transfiguration. (Luke 9:29) The disciples knew that He often prayed alone (Mark 1:25) and it is only natural that those who know Him would ask Him to teach them to pray. If Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God depended on prayer during His days on this earth (Hebrews 5:7) then why should it seem out of place for us to be obedient to God's Word that tells us to, "...pray continually..." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Prayer finds its heart in the personality of God, His ability and willingness to communicate with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. It involves a sure knowing that He has personal control in everything in our lives, in all things and over all creatures. Christians who believe these truths have no problem connecting with God in prayer. Abraham's servant connected in prayer and the Lord directed him to the person who should be the wife to his master's son. (Genesis 24:10-20)
Christian graduates are to be like Ezra and Nehemiah. Nehemiah prayed and asked the Lord to grant him favor with the Emperor of Persia. (Nehemiah 1:4-11) Ezra knew that it was God who put it in the king's heart to honor the house of the Lord. (Ezra 7:27-28)
Christian graduates who will enjoy Biblical success are those who will approach Jesus in every part of their lives and say, "Jesus, teach us to pray!
DEFINITION OF MISSION
I think mission was put very nicely by the ’Sunday Times’ journalist Matthew Parris – a man, who is by his own confession, not a Christian.
’The New Testament offers a picture of God, who does not sound at all vague.
He has sent His Son to earth. He has distinct plans for each of us personally and can communicate directly with us.
We are capable of forming a direct relationship, individually with Him, and are commanded to try.
We are told that this can be done only through his son. And we are offered the prospect of eternal life – an afterlife in happy, blissful or glorious circumstances if we live this life in a certain manner.
Friends, if I believed that, or even a tenth of that, how could I care which version of the prayer book is used?
I would drop my job, sell my house, throw away all my possessions, leave my acquaintances and set out into the world burning with desire to know more and, w...
Ben-Hinnon is also known as Gehenna, a word Jesus used for hell. At the time of Jesus, it was a garbage dump, where a fire constantly burned, consuming the relentless supply of garbage from a large city like Jerusalem. Gehenna is a place on earth which communicates the nature of hell. For example, in Mark 9:47, Jesus says, "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"
Edward J. Vasicek
OUR WILL IS WHO WE ARE
"A man’s will is his organ for decision-making. To want or not to want, to choose or not to choose are the typical operations of the will.
"Our emotions merely express how we feel. Our mind simply tells us what we think, but our will communicates what we want. The will is the most influential component of our entire person. It is deeper than emotion and mind.
"This again is one of the ways we are made in the image of God. Man is responsible for all his actions. The will within controls all matters both inside and outside him. He is not governed automatically by an external force. Rather he houses a principle within him which determines his acts."
"Even so noble an organ as the spirit must yield to the rule of the will. The spirit does not symbolize the whole man, for it is but his organ for communication with God.
"The will embodies man’s the real attitude of a person’s mind, the condition of his heart and his intention to do something. It is the mechanism in him that most nearly corresponds to the man himself."