Proverbs 18:1-13 – Listen Up!

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The art of listening, and it is an art, is dying. Now that’s a bold statement and, if true, frightening. Today’s proverb is found in verse 13, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” Finding someone who truly listens can be hard. There are certain professions where the art of listening is key, such as doctors, lawyers, reporters, coaches, just to name a few. For them to be productive and successful in their jobs, they need to listen and understand those with whom they are interacting.

So often, people are either in a rush or too worried about their own problems to be totally present with another human. How do I know? Because I have been guilty of this. Listening is something I have to work on every day. I have to control my mind and tell it to slow down. So many things are rushing through my head, including things I could say or inject into the conversation. If I don’t blurt it out, how will I remember it when they give me a chance to speak?

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Matthew 12:38-45 – Don’t Refuse to Listen

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The Pharisees Question Jesus by J.J. Tissot

We have been teaching our clients lately about establishing authority. It’s important in business for potential customers to see you as an authority, that is, knowing what you’re talking about. Here, the Pharisees are doubting the authority of Jesus. How crazy is that?! Granted, we know who Jesus is because we have the Bible.

When people question your authority or know-how, they aren’t very likely to listen to you. Think how much the Pharisees missed out on because they were not able to see what was right before them. It is a bit puzzling how the leaders with the most knowledge couldn’t see Jesus for who he was. They knew what they were looking for and expecting. They had access to all the Scriptures. Prophecies of old were likely passed down from generation to generation. Yet, their radars must have been turned off. Did God do that on purpose?

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Hebrews 2:1-4 – Drifting Away

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Have you had times in your life when you have felt far from Jesus? Maybe you’re still searching to know him more and longing for a deeper connection. We are living in a time when there is so much evil trying to take control. It is sometimes unsafe to even proclaim the name of Jesus. It’s sad when we see how Christians seem to have to refrain from any reference to faith. Take for instance school music programs or public displays. How many times do we even see lawsuits being filed because we upset someone who was not a Christian that shared our beliefs?

We need to take the words of Scripture seriously. Today’s reading starts with these words, “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” There are answers, promises, and directions for life within the pages of Scripture, and we must cling to that truth as we live our lives. If we allow the temptations and ways of the world to infiltrate our beliefs and values, we will soon be selling our souls to the devil (so to speak). Continue reading “Hebrews 2:1-4 – Drifting Away”

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Luke 9:28-36 – Transfiguration

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What does transfiguration mean? One definition suggests: “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.”

This is precisely what the select few of Jesus’ disciples got to witness first hand in today’s reading. This has always been a reading that intrigued me. Imagine waking up from a nap only to see your friend in a changed form. The glory of the Lord was shining brightly. That is certainly something we don’t see every day.

Also, how did Peter know that it was Elijah and Moses? That has always puzzled me. Maybe they had pictures in their Bibles? I think it more likely God was imparting that wisdom. Continue reading “Luke 9:28-36 – Transfiguration”

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Luke 6:43-49 – What’s in Your Heart?

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Jesus’ own words, “What you say flows from what is in your heart.” He has been talking about good and bad trees, as well as good and evil people. We have all seen a bad apple. Can we assume it came from a bad tree and all of those apples were bad? If worms have infested one, they have likely taken over.

Here in Mexico, I’ve seen my share of ugly looking fruit. That was just the outside. You have no idea how delicious the fruit is on the inside. Probably the best fruit I’ve ever eaten. You would never find “ugly” fruit like that for sale in the United States in a grocery store produce department. Sad. How many times have we given up on someone because of their appearance? We have lost an opportunity for their inner beauty to radiantly shine. Continue reading “Luke 6:43-49 – What’s in Your Heart?”

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