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Showing posts from May 22, 2012
May 22

Manie P. Ferguson, 19th century
  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only that which is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29, 30)
The Holy Spirit performs many important ministries in the life of a Christian. One of these is to give us a calm and tranquil spirit, despite the stormy circumstances of life that may come our way.
One of the great tragedies of the Christian life, however, occurs when, through apathy or neglect or overt attitudes and actions, we allow the Holy Spirit’s ministry to become grieved and even quenched, leaving us powerless and restless. Perhaps it might be due to: self-centeredness and lack of concern for the needs of others; negative and critical attitudes toward others; practicing known sin; or lack of times of worship and communion with God. Wh…
May 22

Background Noise

In the distance, a siren sounds as an ambulance races against time. The base notes from the neighbor’s stereo thunder through the wall and shake the knick knacks on the curio shelf. Your children slam the front door and run through the hall as the television is showing the first of fifteen consecutive commercial messages.

Have you considered how noisy life is?

Yesterday I was sitting at my travel agent’s desk as she checked the lowest rates for a trip I’m planning to make. As she stared at the computer screen, I kept hearing an intermittent loud buzz. “What is that noise,” I asked. “Oh that,” she said, “that’s the signal that someone just walked in the door. After a while you get used to it—I don’t even hear it anymore.”

Is it possible to hear something so often that you don’t hear it anymore?

I was day dreaming with a friend the other day about getting out of our Condo and buying a house near the church. He said, “I’d never live down there; its too close to the…