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From the Pastor's Desk
For the world "noise" is a way of life. Sometimes you can't sit down and even eat these days without someone chatting away over a meal in a restaurant and doing more talking than eating.

One of our Sunday School Classes explored that reality recently. Someone shared that it use to take just a little while to be able to record a moment of silence. Now, it takes two thousand hours to do the same. We have become a noisy people.

That is why you should try stepping outside at 4 or 5am and looking up at the sky and "enjoying" the silence. Reflection is letting your imagination catch up with you inner soul as you seek to hear what God is saying and doing all around you.

Fall is a perfect time of year to begin "deep listening", because without reflection life quickly loses its depth, and the well runs dry because we do not stop to refresh our soul. That is why Jesus had to say things like…. "The Lord lifts up all who are bowed down."-Psalm 145:14, "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."-1 Peter 5:7, "Come to me all you who are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest." – Mathew 11:28, because SILENCE is that IMPORTANT.

Think of how busy people become at Thanksgiving/Christmas time. Something is missing if we rush through these season hoping they will all be over as soon as possible. Thanksgiving and Christmas are designed to help us let grace lift us out of our normal patterns and connect with the God who made us. Now the world blurs them all together…Maybe we should be celebrating "Hallogivingmas"!

So if you would like to find out how to overcome the world try some of the following:
1) Listen – to the still small voice that speaks in the quiet place inside you.
2) Leisure – take time to let God restore your peace, fill you with passion and put the balance into your living (the same way a vacation does by refreshing your inner being).
3) Light-let God illumine your way (inspiring you) before the world dampens your spirit. Seek the Lord by hearing the GOOD NEWS over the BAD NEWS!
4) Love – by being one with Christ and others.

It is through reflection that we see that God is speaking to us all the time. It is through reflection that we are able to connect the dots. It is through reflection that we by Prayer, Bible Study, Worship and real love can be in ministry to one another as God stirs us on.

So find a comfortable seat and spend time with a pad of paper listening to what God says to you as you open the word and put in your own words what you find. You may discover that John was right when he wrote about Jesus who said, "Behold I stand at the door knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me."

Blessings,
Pastor Mike  
 
"For the joy of the Lord is your strength"  Nehemiah 8:10

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Sunday Worship: 11:00 AM
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Sunday School: 9:45 AM
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