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"Can You Hear Me Now?"

    We’ve seen the commercial more than once.  You know, the one where the little guy walks around with his cell phone, pausing every couple of steps to ask the question "Can you hear me now? Good."  We are reminded that some companies go to a lot of trouble to keep the communications lines open.  We can all identify with those areas where cell phone communication breaks down…where we can’t hear at all.

    Stop for a moment and think about the effort God has made to communicate His unending love for us.  His message is clear…He loves us and wants us to respond to His love by living our lives in the truth… a truth that tells us to honor our Creator and to love and serve our fellow man.  The problem is that we don’t listen.  We are too wrapped up in self to notice His call to us.

    In the majesty of the mountains, the splendor of the oceans, the wonder of the skies, God reveals His power through His creation.  All of this for us to use and enjoy.  "Can you hear me now?" He asks.

    In the eyes and faces of others…through family and friends He reveals His love.  Those who have sacrificed for us, so we can live fully lives…those who share our joys and sorrows… the body of Christ.  "Can you hear me now?" God asks.

    In the stories of His word… the miracles, the parables, and the lives of those who believed from the beginning… the twelve, the apostle Paul and the many unnamed disciples who left everything to follow the truth.  God calls through His word, "Can you hear me now?"

    In the quiet of our sanctuaries, personal and man made, where the Holy Spirit speaks to our heart about the truth… about the direction for our lives… about the purpose of our being.  "Can you hear me now?" He asks.

    Then one day, on an old rugged cross, His Son Jesus hung in our place.  His grace was freely given for our sins though the sacrifice of Christ.  There God’s only Son bled and died.  Why? Because He loved us…because He loved us… because He loved us.

"CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?"

Love in Christ,
        Billy

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