“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mark 4:9, ESV)
Hearing is a natural phenomenon. We don’t even have to try. It just – happens.
Yet, the physical act of hearing might as well be a miracle. There are so many things that have to be in place, so many things have to go right for it to happen, that it is a wonder we can hear anything at all. Think of how it works, and all of the things that can go wrong. Continue reading “Can I bend your ear?”
Jesus cited Isaiah 6.9-10 to explain why people didn’t understand his parables. Paul cited the same passage, and Luke uses it at the end of Acts, to explain the rejection of the gospel by the Jews.
What catches our attention about the Isaiah passage is that it follows directly the account of the prophet’s vision of God’s holy glory and his calling to go speak to the people. Continue reading “Hear his voice”
“The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails and put my hand into his side, I will not believe’” (John 20:25).
Any teacher or student will recognize the effectiveness of visual aids. We learn through our senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell) and the more of our senses which are involved in any experience, the more likely it is that we will perceive that experience correctly and remember it. Continue reading “Sufficient evidence”
Think of all the things one hears in the course of a day. As I was playing golf with my grandson today, we heard the nice sound a golf ball makes when it is well hit by a metal golf club. We turned at one point in the day and heard the rustle of a deer just before it broke through the woods into the fairway. What is more relaxing than the sound of rain falling gently on leaves?
Yet, there is more to hearing than the ability to detect sounds. There are many people who hear the biblical and moral advice of parents only to walk away without really hearing anything at all. There are those who have heard the truth once but now are so far away from it as to seem ignorant of it. Continue reading “How’s your hearing?”
“For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that which he hath” (Matthew 13:12, ASV).
Need something done? Find a busy person.
That’s the old saying, one that Paul would call “faithful.”
Tom Holland once wrote (and I’m not getting out the book, but I’m pretty sure it was The Preacher and His Work, but I’ll get it close enough) that a person who says, “I never have enough time,” is actually saying, “I am a poor manager of time.” Oh, how that statement stings with truth! Continue reading “Essence of the abundant life”
By John E. Werhan — The hearing of God’s word is not identified as worship in the New Testament. Yet, it fits the definition and purpose of worship as taught in the Scriptures.
In prayer the congregation communicates with God. Through the Bible, God speaks to the congregation. This is the manifestation of the two-way communication the Christian has with the heavenly Father.
As God communicates through his Word, the worshiper should be a humble, submissive listener. The Bereans “received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Continue reading “Hearing God’s Word”