Thanks for reading as always. My sermon for Sunday is found in
1 Samuel 3:1-10. It is the call of Samuel to become a prophet for God. You know the story. Samuel, who is an apprentice in the temple, hears a voice calling him in the middle of the night. Samuel goes to Eli, the chief priest, and says, "I'm here." Eli replies, "I did not call you, go back to bed." This is repeated several times when Eli realizes Samuel is hearing God's voice. When Samuel hears the voice again, he follows Eli's advice and replies to God, "Speak Lord, for you servant is listening."
I do not know about you, but I wish I could hear the audible voice of God clearly like Samuel did. Sometimes I wish God would just bend down and tell me exactly what I am supposed to do in certain situations. I would even be amenable to God throwing a brick through my window with a note tied to it if God would clearly explain what He wants from me.
I cannot tell you the number of people who have asked me, does God still speak to us today? The answer is yes. While it may not be as clear as the voice that Samuel heard, God speaks to us even in this day in time through a variety of mediums. To be honest, the problem is that often, we are not listening as we should.
Let me ask you a question, blog friends: what does the voice of God sound like? When have you heard the voice of God in your own lives? Please reply to the blog in the comment section, and share about a time when you have heard the voice of God, or you can tell us what that voice sounds like. Thanks.
This Sunday will be a time for us to listen and respond to the voice of God. Come, hear, and respond to Him by living the calling of Christ.
On another subject, I wanted to say that I enjoyed the State of The Oaks Town Hall Meeting last night. We had a great crowd, and as always, a good time.
For those that missed it, I wanted to tell you two things that we are working on here at the church. First is our building debt. We will begin fundraising soon, and I am counting on your full support. The second is that I want our teams to function more efficiently. To be honest, there have been some teams that have not met since I have arrived (3 1/2 years); that has to change. Furthermore, I want to apologize to you because I believe I have at times kept the teams from functioning properly. In my desire to be successful, (and because I am OCD), I often find myself doing the tasks to which the teams are assigned. That is poor leadership on my part. So with that said, I am giving the responsibility back to you. While I will lead with a vision and with servant leadership, I want you, as the members of the church and the teams, to be responsible to meet the needs of the church within your areas. By doing so, you will be better church members, I will be a better pastor, and we will all be a better church.
I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday.
In His Love and Grace,