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Hearing God

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A modified extract of a Seminar “Hearing God” given at 2013 Girl talk Conference, “Hope Wins” on Saturday 6th July 2013 - presented at SMAS on Sunday 2 July 2013

As Christians we believe that God speaks to the heart of each individual. But we will probably find it difficult to hear God's 'still small voice' if we fill our days with the noise of TVs, computers, phones, work and busyness of all kinds. Many people in today’s society are feeling an emptiness within and perhaps too many of us try to fill this emptiness within with busyness without. So, Is hearing God more of an issue today than in the past, with so much more background noise and clamour, busyness ..... ? I think the answer is probably, yes, and I believe that there is also a growing reaction against this as people seek to find an antidote to the ‘emptiness’ they feel.

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Fruits of the Spirit

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Psalm 1:1-3 & Galatians 5:1,13, 16, 22-25
Family Communion
(30-6-13)

Here we have a tree – just in case it isn’t immediately recognizable as such! You can see it has green leaves and it is meant to bear some similarity to the tree in this reading: Psalm 1:1-3. In many parts of Israel where the psalm was written it would have been unusual to see a tree because of the hot sun and dry winds. Can you remember what made the difference to this tree, according to the psalm? It was planted near a river. Some translations say near streams of living water. No matter how much sun there was this tree could still get refreshment and strength. You couldn’t see the water – but it was there.

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Is it possible to be both good and rich?

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1 Timothy 6:6-10 & Luke 16:19-31
(23-6-13)

A businessman visited by an angel was promised one request. He asked to see the stock market page one year ahead. Anticipating how much he’d make he studied the future list until he noticed his picture - in the obituary column. Suddenly his new wealth faded into insignificance.

Wealth’s a good tool, if used as God intended but its a dangerous trap if we don’t. Young John Wesley said he’d only known four men who’d not declined in faith by becoming wealthy. Later he corrected that and made no exception.

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Giving our all to Jesus

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Luke 7:36-50
3rd Sunday of Trinity
(16-6-13)

At the moment we’re looking at what the Bible teaches about money. We began last week with an Old Testament story of the Widow of Zarepath who was living at a time of great famine. Elijah told her to bring him some bread. She says that all she has is a handful of flour and a little oil with which she’s intending to make her son and herself one last meal before they die of starvation. Elijah tells her not to be afraid but to go and first make it for him and afterwards make it for herself because God will replenish what she uses.

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A Christian Attitude to Money

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1 Kings 17:8-16 & Matthew 6:19-21, 24-34
(9-6-13)

Last week we heard Jesus commending someone for their faith. Today we begin a short series of looking at how our faith can have an impact on our attitude to money. I admit to being someone who finds the subject of money very boring, (rather like sport!) but I know that for some people it is important and they put time and effort into thinking about it.

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