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How To Bless Your Neighbor

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PROBLEM

  • Something was lost when we learned to record sound; relationship to isolation. 
  • Conversation has been replaced by personal broadcasting (texts, emails and social media). 
  • we require shock and awe to get our attention. 
  • It is harder to pay attention to the subtle because we are used to the loud.
  • it’s more fun to talk than to listen. milkshake- squats/ corporate report – cinnamon bun.

GOD

James 1:19-21 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  • Mother Teresa said, “I always begin my prayer in silence, for it is in the silence of the heart that God speaks. God is the friend of silence, so we need to listen.”
  • Listen for the value and direction of others and God!

APPLICATION

  • There is a connection between listening and anger.
  • Anger is a measure of our distrust of God.
  • If you respond to people according to how they make you feel…
  • Don’t respond until you have had a chance to pray about it. 

VISION

  • We are like this full cup. Their lives are very busy and full.
  • We overdo it, and just pour it on. 
  • But when you take time to listen you’re now providing capacity for them to listen.

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