Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many
commitments in too few days. He got nervous and tense
was snapping at my wife and our children, choking down
my food at mealtimes, and feeling irritated at those
unexpected interruptions through the day,” he
recalled in his book Stress
Fractures. “Before long, things around our home
started reflecting the pattern of my hurry-up style.
It was becoming unbearable.”
distinctly remember after supper one evening, the
words of our younger daughter, Colleen. She wanted to
tell me something important that had happened to her
at school that day. She began hurriedly, ‘Daddy, I
wanna tell you somethin’, and I’ll tell you really
realizing her frustration, I answered, ‘Honey, you
can tell me – and you don’t have to tell me really
fast. Say it slowly.”
never forget her answer: ‘Then listen slowly.’” *
the hustle and bustle of life, have YOU been listening
to your loved ones?
And, even more importantly…
you been listening... to GOD?
has a message for YOU and
for me in His Word, the Bible!
It is a message of His great love for us:
"For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life” (John
3:16). We are lost in our sins, but the GOOD NEWS is that God
sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins (1 Peter
NEWS OF GREAT JOY” is that ALL who will believe
in Him (Acts 16:30-31) turn from their sins in repentance
(Acts 17:30-31), confess
His name before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
(immersed) in the name of Jesus are forgiven of their
past sins (Acts 2:38).
Then, as one continues to “listen”
and "live" according to
His Word as revealed in the Scriptures, the blood of
Jesus will continue to cleanse that one from sin (1
"Therefore whoever HEARS these sayings of Mine, and DOES them,
I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on
the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and
the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not
fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Matthew
slowly… and obey Him!
A. Sargent, Minister
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
Bits & Pieces, June 24, 1993, pp. 13-14
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