Summary: The spiritual conduit, or pipeline, between us and God can get clogged - how can we lives unclogged lives to hear clearly from God?

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Living Unclogged

TCF Sermon

August 22, 2004

Rather than open with a reading from scripture - we’ll read many throughout this message - let me start by reading a few definitions from the Random House dictionary.

con•duit, n. 1. a pipe, tube, or the like, for conveying water or other fluid.

ar•ter•y n., pl. -ter•ies.

1.Anat. a blood vessel that conveys blood from the heart to any part of the body.

2.a main channel or highway, esp. of a connected system with many branches.

pipe1, n., v., piped, pip•ing. –n.

1.a hollow cylinder of metal, wood, or other material, used for the conveyance of water, gas, steam, petroleum, etc.

So, here we have three pathways described....A conduit, an artery or a pipe...All these things are paths or channels, things through which some substance flows, from one place to another... right?

Water, fluid of some sort, blood, gas, steam, petroleum...whatever...

One thing that the dictionary doesn’t mention is electrical power. Electricity – delivered through some sort of electrical wire or what we sometimes call an electric conduit.

What do these things have in common? What we’re looking at this morning is that they can get clogged, or somehow restricted in the flow of whatever substance they convey from one place to another.

illustration: show four pipes:

1. water flows clean and clear

2. water flows, but with some dirt and sediment included – a dirty pipe

3. one clogged, little or nothing flows

4. one’s dry – there’s no source attached

So any kind of conduit, a pipe like these, arteries that carry blood in our body,and electrical conduit, can get clogged, choked or shut down in some way, so that they do not convey, so that they no longer are able to allow whatever substance we can name, to flow freely, or flow at all.

clog (klog, klôg), v., clogged, clog•ging, n. –v.t. hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up: to clog a drain. crowd excessively, esp. so that movement is impeded; Cars clogged the highway.

as a noun a clog can be:

3.anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.

Let’s remember these definitions as we move along this morning. And let’s think back to Jim’s message last Sunday. Speaking of clogs – no just kidding...

Actually, Jim was kind of a roto-rooter last week. Jim encouraged us to be willing, to be available, even to eagerly desire, as he preached from 1 Cor 14, to be useful, as God’s instruments, to one be the conduit, if you will, the pipe, the artery, the channel,through which God’s Holy Spirit strengthen, encourage, exhort and console one another, using God’s various gifts of the Holy Spirit, and especially the gift of prophecy.

Now, Jim really messed me up last Sunday, because I was planning another message for today. Thanks a lot, Jim. I’d already begun to pray about and study Isaiah 40, with a message in mind to deliver this morning.

But when I returned to that passage to continue studying last Sunday afternoon, I struggled with a sense that I needed to connect in some way to what God brought through our brother Jim last week.

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