Talking with God
One day while tending his sheep, Moses spotted a burning bush. It was a curious sight because as the fire blazed, the bush was not consumed.
Moses walked over to the bush, and the voice of the Lord called from within:
"Here I am," he replied.
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."
Moses was afraid.
God then had a conversation with Moses and shared His plan to rescue the Israelites from Egyptian enslavement.
"So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
I've never audibly heard God's voice, and I would guess most of us have not.
But God still speaks today often in a still, small voice.
So how do we hear God's voice?
What is your name?
I have been called by many names. When my mother was upset with me she would call me Paul Harrison. I have been called dad, grandpa, PaPa, father, brother, best friend, dear cousin. and a craftsman. Because I like to make things out of wood.
Preacher, pastor, minister and Rev. Also I been called stupid. In high school I was called bonze by my friends. Because I was tall and thin.
All of us have names we're called in addition to the ones on our birth certificates. Sometimes others give the names and sometimes they are self-imposed. ,
But God calls· each of His sons and daughters by different names .
Spring is a beautiful time of year.
Flowers bloom. Trees bud. Babies are everywhere. Daylight saving time provides an extra hour of sun nightly. Barbecues, backyards, and baseball are back.
Springtime is a testimony to God’s redemption. As temperatures warm, the snow and ice melt, the days lengthen, and a new world emerges from winter hibernation. What was dead now has life. What was brown now is green. What was dark now is light.
It’s no wonder God used the spring of the year to release his final redemptive act to mankind. The Easter story is perfectly pitched in the spring, when a world, gripped by evil frost and sinful darkness, is melted by the power of a single Son rise.
What is in the middle of chURch?
If "U-R" is not in ch-ch it is incomplete. We cannot have church without "U." If something is missing maybe it's because "U-R” not where "U-R" supposed to be.
Open your mind, I am not talking about attending. We say that we attend Worship., That in itself is misleading. We cannot attend worship; we have to do the worshipping. You may Say, "Well, that is what I mean when say, 'attend worship'." The time has come when we need to spell it out and make sure as many as possible understand. We cannot spell ch-rch without "U."
One of the great enemies of worship is the passivity of the people. We have drifted into a situation in which people want the drama of worship to be played out by the leader: "You do it for us. You are the minister. You do the whole thing. Don’t ask us to do anything more than stand to sing a few songs and throw a few coins into the offering plate. Don't ask us to get involved." That is what makes worship dull and uninteresting. When "U-R" not part of worship, there is something missing right in the middle of ch-ch.
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