How to Hear God | Week 2: God Speaks in Scripture

Hearing from God can feel confusing. Like, how do we even know its God speaking and not our own thoughts? The difference between our thoughts and God’s voice is scripture. The more we act out on what we hear in scripture, the more we will see God’s power at work in our lives.

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Well, hey, guys, it's great to
have you tune in with us.

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My name is Tim and I'm
the community pastor of Crossroads

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Mason.

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It's a community
in northern Cincinnati.

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In fact, that's where
I am right now.

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And you may not know about who
Crossroads is, but we are one

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church with multiple physical
locations all around Cincinnati,

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down into central Kentucky and
with people all around the

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country who are streaming
and checking stuff out.

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And if you don't know who
we are, we have really three

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objectives: We want us to know
God, get connect with other

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people, and make an impact
in our world together.

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And hey, you've joined us in
the middle of this series called

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How to Hear God.

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And we're not talking about
some philosophical, ethereal, how we

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hear God.

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We're not talking about

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some, (deep character voice) "Tim, thou
must doeth this and that."

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I'm talking about the practical,
nitty gritty, tangible ways

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that people hear
from God everyday.

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Father, I thank you
for your faithfulness.

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I thank you that I've cried
out to you many, many times.

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You've pushed through the
noise to break through.

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Show me your goodness, your
kindness, your faithfulness, your

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power, Lord.

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I need more and
more of you, God.

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So, I come before you to say
that, ask you, bring more of you,

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your spirit, your power.

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More of who you are, God.

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I pray all this because of who
I see you to be in Jesus.

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Amen

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This place is built, it's
run by great, great leaders

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So, if you're a leader in here
or if you have an interest in

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being a leader, we have an
awesome event coming up on August

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24th.

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I just want to thank you,
because we at Crossroads prayed for

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this and Jesus prayed for this.

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And you're an answer to prayer.

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You are.

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You're in your position because
people have been praying for

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you.

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You're a huge, huge blessing.

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And I want to encourage you
that you are a qualified shepherd.

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God has called you for a season
like this for people like that.

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It's the nitty gritty of
spiritual formation with other people

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that makes us feel like we're
having an impact on the world.

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The Leader Summit is
going to be great.

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Listen, if you're leading people
around here, you should have

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received an invite.

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It's coming up on August 24th.

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For more information,
go to Crossroads.net/leadersummit.

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Well, hey, welcome
to Crossroads.

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My name is Tim and I'm
the community pastor at Crossroads

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Pastor at Mason, we're
in northern Cincinnati.

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You're like, "Where the
heck are you?".

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We're right here at
our Crossroads Mason location.

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And if you live in northern Cincinnati,
I want you to know we'd

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love to have you here.

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We'd love to introduce you to
some people here in our building

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and get to know some folks.

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And a small way we can say thanks
for coming, I want to give you

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a little gift, one
of these Crossroads tumblers.

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So if you find me and come here,
I'll snag you one of these or

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you can actually go to our
welcome center and get connected

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with someone in our atrium.

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You know, we've got a
lot that's happening around here.

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You might be streaming from
five or 10 miles away.

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I want to invite you into
the amazing things that are happening

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here, things like a concert we
have called Hillsong Young and

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Free that's coming
up in September.

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Or this 5k, 10k race called the
We Run Race in October where

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we're going to race,
have some fun.

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And in so doing, raise money
to build this amazing playground

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for kids with special needs right
across the street from our

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church.

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You know, also, you might be a
parent saying, "I want to help my

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kids grow.

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I want them to know about God.".

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We've got a great place
to do that here.

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It's called Kids Club and all the
stuff we have a kids club we

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say is safe, fun, and welcoming.

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So we'd love to
invite your kids.

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And all those things are great
ways that you can get connected.

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And so if you want more
different information, you can go to

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Crossroads.net/Mason.

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And if you don't live in
the northern Cincinnati area, that's

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cool.

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You can just
go to Crossroads.net/locations.

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You get connected with any location
that's in and around greater

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Cincinnati, down into
central Kentucky.

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And if you live nationwide
somewhere across the United States,

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go to Crossroads.net/anywhere.

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We want to help all of
us plug into relationships with other

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people.

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That's when the good
stuff starts happening.

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One of the best ways we
actually help people get connected is

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this thing we do annually,
it's called the Journey.

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You may say,
"What's a journey?".

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It's not just an 80s band.

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The Journey is actually something
that we do where everybody

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who's part of Crossroads gets
involved, adults, students, kids.

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And we do three things.

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We listen to a weekend message.

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We do individual challenges.

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And third, most importantly, we get
into a small group to

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discuss it.

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And this year's Journey, it's
called the Play and Purpose

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Journey.

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It's saying, "Hey, we've got
to be high on play.

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Having fun, having rest and high
on purpose in our lives.".

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And I think this topic is
going to push all of us.

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And I think the best part for
all of us here is getting into

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community.

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If you live in the northern
Cincinnati area, I'd love to just

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help plug you into relationships
and small groups of people.

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And we want to do that with
you no matter where you live.

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If you want more information,
just go to Crossroads.net/journey.

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We're going to be starting that
in September, and we want to

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help you get connected
here in coming weeks.

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Well, you know, there's a word that
I heard growing up and in my

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early 20s and I thought that's
a dirty word, it's the word

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submission.

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But until someone defined it,
that's actually when my

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perspective changed.

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They said, "Tim, submission is simply
making yourself sub to a

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larger mission.".

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And I thought, I
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That's really good.

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See God asks for our
submission all the time.

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He says, "Hey, I want to be
sub to the mission with your

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marriage, with your dating
relationships, with your

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friendships, with
your parenting.".

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He also says, "Be sub to
my mission with your money.".

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And my wife and I, we made
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years ago.

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And we've seen amazing things
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Quite honestly, though, the most
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happening in us through our giving
when we have put ourselves

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sub to God's mission.

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You have an opportunity to
do that right now.

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You can go
to Crossroads.net/give

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and help fuel this amazing mission
that God's doing through our

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church and also see
growth in yourself.

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Hey, we're in the middle of this
series called How to Hear God.

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And now we're going to hear
one person's story about how they

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are hearing God.

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One of the ways that God speaks
most frequently to me is through

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reading the Bible,
through Scripture.

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I am a big, big time reader.

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I'm a writer.

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I like words.

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I get caught up
in stories and narratives.

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And so I love to read
Scripture because although the Bible's

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divided up into little books,
it's really just one huge

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narrative about God rescuing us
from ourselves, from our bad

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choices.

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Oftentimes I see myself in other
characters or in what God has

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done in the past, and it gives
me a framework for what He may

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be doing now.

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As I got into Scripture, I
started to hear from God.

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I would -- I would not hear
his voice audibly, but things that

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are happening in the story or
specific words in the page would

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have to jump out and get me.

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And I perceive that to
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And the more that I acted on
those things, the more that I saw

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God do more things in my life.

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And it really just pulled
me into the Bible completely.

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I used to have a science background,
and so if you do an

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experiment and you keep getting the
same result, you start to

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think like this
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This is how this thing works.

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You mix these two
chemicals and this happens.

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So I kind of approached the
Bible in a similar way.

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God says, try something.

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I go and try it.

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And when it turns out the way God
says it will turn out, when it

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turns out even better than I could
hope, I have to assume that

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God is speaking to me through
that passage or through that

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Scripture that I have
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So one of the most important times
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Scripture was about
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Me and my wife had been
married for three or four years.

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And at that point, we
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And it seemed like that should be
a pretty easy thing to do.

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And we tried and tried and tried
and like an entire year passed,

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maybe even more and we were
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pregnant.

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And we began to doubt like
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or maybe we waited too long.

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And God took me to a really
ancient and tiny book called Joel.

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It is about a prophet named
Joel who speaks to God's people.

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And one of the things he says is
that God will give you back the

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years that were taken from you.

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And I feel like he said,
just wait and keep trying.

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Now, I want to say that like
the next day we were pregnant, but

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we waited six more months.

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And by the time Christmas
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And we're super excited.

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Right?

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And I was thinking back to
that Scripture: God will give you

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back the years that
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And then it even says he will
give you even more than that.

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We found out we
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We went into the first ultrasound
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we were having twins.

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And so the first thing I thought
was like, "That's what God said

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in the book of Joel, he would
give you back what was taken from

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you. And he'll give you even
more than you had the first

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time.".

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So not only were having one
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And I don't know how to explain
that, except that I read that in

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Scripture.

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I feel like it
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It wasn't, "This is what I want
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I couldn't get it out of my head
that God had pointed me to that

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Scripture that specific moment.

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It was hard to wait.

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It was hard to hold onto
that promise, but it was eventually

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fulfilled about a half
a year later.

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And when we found out that
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first thing I thought of was that
Scripture and Joel and how me

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and my wife have been holding
onto that promise and praying it.

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And that's what happened.

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My name is Caleb and one of the
primary ways God speaks to me is

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through the Bible.

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Hey, everyone.

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How are ya?

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You can clap for that.

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I love that story.

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[applause]

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I work with Caleb.

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He's awesome.

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It's great to be with you here
on week two of the series that

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we're calling How to Hear God.

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We're exploring the idea that there might
just be a God who has

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something to say to us.

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And if that's the case, how
exactly does that go down?

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And I was at Crossroads East
Side last weekend with my family.

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That's where we regularly gather
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And I experienced what many of
you experienced, which was the

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invitation to come forward at the
end of service for prayer.

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And in -- I think Chuck
said something like, "Hey, sometimes we

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can hear God through the words
that other people might pray for

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us. Maybe God will do
that for you today.

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If you want to do that, get
up out of your seat and come

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forward.".

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And it was so amazing to witness
in the room that I was

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in hundreds of people at the same
time got up out of their seat

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and said, "I would
like to hear God.

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I'm gonna get up out of my seat
and go and try to do that right

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now."

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And as I thought about that for
this weekend and I learned that

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it had been repeated at every
site, in every service that we

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had, I came to the understanding
that today was even more

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important than I thought.

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Because today we're gonna talk
about the foundational way that

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we all need to hear from God,
and that is how to hear God

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through His Scripture.

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And the reason that I say
it's the foundation of all other

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hearing is because it's in the context
of the Bible that we get

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exposed to the language
of his spirit.

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God has a language.

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I don't know if you realize
this, but we actually form language

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of all different kinds in all
the different groups that we are

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a part of.

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Maybe you have a
family group text.

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And if I were not part of
your family, I might not understand

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some of what goes down
in that group text.

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I asked around and some of the
people that I talked to said that

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they do things like this.

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Like one person told me that
their group text that they have

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sends SpongeBob memes
back and forth.

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That's kind of their
language that they have.

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And I have a friend who tries
to slip country music lyrics into

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her conversation because a couple of
her friends always pick up

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on them and it's
like their secret language.

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My husband and I used to be
big watchers of the show called

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Friends.

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And so, of course, when we got
a cat for Christmas this last

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year, I, of course, had to
sing (singing) Smelly Cat, Smelly

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Cat.

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And if you don't watch Friends, you
have no idea why I just sang

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that.

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That's the exact point.

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There's a language
of relationship.

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There's a language that gets developed
when we are exposed to

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people over a long period of
time and we can communicate

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effortlessly that way.

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We actually learn that those words or
that meme or that quote or

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whatever you're saying, it comes not
just with those words, it

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comes with so much more.

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It comes with the whole
history of that relationship.

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And it comes with all the meaning
that only you know is even

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there.

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This is language just
like in the Bible.

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My friends and I actually went
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There were four couples.

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We went to Asheville, North Carolina,
and some of our language

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was crafted on that trip.

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We show up in the house that
we rented and there are four

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couples who all brought food
and drinks to share.

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And apparently you need two things when
you do a trip like we

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were gonna do, where you're gonna
hike and you're gonna raft

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and know, just have fun.

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No kids, just grownups.

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And you need beer
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Those were the two things
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I don't -- we didn't talk about
it, but right then and there in

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the kitchen, #beer&granola
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We still use that hashtag today
and it recalls the whole

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experience of the trip.

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Like when we were sitting around
the fire and somebody said,

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"So. what were you
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Because none of us
knew each other then.

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So we start talking
about high school.

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And one of the women said, "What
did you wear to your prom?"

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And oh, a light bulb went off
for me because I said I can

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actually show you because I remembered
my junior prom dress was

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in a magazine ad that year for
one of the big makers of prom

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dresses.

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So thank you, Google.

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Twenty seconds later, we
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Which one of those beauties do you
think I wore to my junior

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prom?

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Sequins we're very in, but I don't
want you to go to bed

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wondering so...

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Oh, yeah, baby, I
brought it with me.

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Got some cammo, jewel toned
head to toe sequins.

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Come on, this is awesome.

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So my friends did what you're
doing is -- Thank you.

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They snorted out their beer and
dropped their granola on the

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ground because they were
laughing so hard.

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And they said, "No, you
did not wear that dress.".

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And I said, "Oh, yes, I did.".

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And the legend of the
prom dress was born.

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You cannot imagine how many times
that picture showed up somehow

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in the context of
this group of friends.

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How can you resist that?

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It became part of the
fabric of our relationship.

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It's the way that we talk to
each other and it's baked in all

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kinds of good, meaning.

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That prom, it actually happened to
be one of the more formative

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nights of my
entire teenage life.

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They know that about me and
now they know what I wore.

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When we expose ourself to the
Bible, that is exactly the way

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that it should feel with God

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We meet him in
the course of history.

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We get to see
what he's been like.

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We get to know his character.

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We get to see what He cares
about, though even some of the exact

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words that appear over and
over and over again.

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And they start to sink in in such
a way that we can now see a

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little bit better, hear a little
bit clearer in our own life

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about what He might be doing
and definitely hear better what He

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is saying.

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I'm passionate about this because this
is the thing that has

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unlocked and exploded the voice of God
in my own life over a

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long period of time, and I
still get excited about it.

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If we cannot get excited about hearing
the voice of God, I don't

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-- I get excited about that.

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I find that it still amazes me and
it still draws me in and it

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still makes me want to
come back for more.

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And that's what I hope today will do
for all of us, is leave us

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wanting something more from God,
wanting more of his voice.

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The same thing that got us up out
of our seats last week, I hope

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will propel us today to actually start
to read the Bible in a

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new way.

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I knew that the Bible had a
phrase for this kind of life, and

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it's called being led
by the spirit.

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When we learn the language of God,
we actually open up a whole

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life that the Bible calls being
led by the spirit, because his

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spirit is speaking.

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And if we know his language, we can
be led by that spirit on a

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daily basis.

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This is actually the life promised to
anyone who wants to be a

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follower of Jesus.

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And sometimes I feel like I
have settled and that we have

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settled for something that's far,
far less than that.

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I knew that this
happened in my life.

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I knew this dynamic of
hearing God through Scripture was

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happening in my life.

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And so in preparation for this
weekend, I thought, you know

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what? I'm just going to take
a note anytime I hear that

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happening naturally.

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I'm just going to open
a note on my phone.

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I'm going to make a
quick: What is it?

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What do I hear?

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What's going on?

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Just to remind myself.

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And I started compiling this note and
I didn't really look a lot

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at it.

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I would just add to it over
the last probably I would say about

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eight weeks, maybe
about two months.

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And so I had this open and I
would add to it and I was doing

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this little experiment, just hoping to
maybe get a couple of

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examples that felt, you know, real
and timely for me in my

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life.

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And what I found was, whoa,
something I did not expect.

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I found the richness and the
frequency with which it was

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happening was a surprise even to
me who knew what was

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happening.

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It really did surprise me.

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And there were three categories of
ways that God was speaking to

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me.

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And I'm going to take you through
each of those categories for a

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chunk of our
time together today.

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They are: God was
trying to lead me.

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Lead me.

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This has to be the most common thing
that I hear is that we want

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God to lead us.

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We want we want
direction from him.

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Well that was happening.

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Lead me.

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The other thing that I noticed is
that he was trying to help me

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learn, learn and
grow and mature.

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And the last category was he
was trying to lift me up.

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He was just trying
to encourage me.

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And every single example as I went
back to kind of compile them,

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I notice every single one fit
into one of these categories,

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some fit in to more than one.

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And the first one was lead.

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So I'm a pastor and people talk
to me about how they feel about

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God.

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And this has to be the
most common thing that somebody wants

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direction.

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I want that.

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I want God's direction
for my life.

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And usually we mean that in kind
of big picture ways, like what

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am I going to do and what
relationship and what job and where

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am I going to go?

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And those are great
questions to ask God.

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But rather what I saw over the
last handful of weeks are tiny

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ways that he was trying to
intercept me, to lead me every

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single day, even in ways that
I didn't suspect that he would

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even care about.

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One of those examples happened when
I was pulling in my

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driveway.

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So I drive a big Expedition
because I have four kids.

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They got to fit in something.

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They've got to fit in something.

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So and my driveway is like a one
lane until you get to the top

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where it widens out so you can
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So I'm driving and I have to
maneuver kind of weirdly because we

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had an extra car sitting in the
-- at the top of the driveway.

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So I have to kind of swing
around and back up to get the

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Expedition in the garage.

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And so I'm doing this.

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And as I'm doing this awkward
backing up and turning around

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thing, I hear in my mind:
the good you ought to do.

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Those words just flashed through my head
in such a way that I

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couldn't ignore them.

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The good you ought to do.

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And God knew I would instantly
recognize it from my reading the

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day before in the book of James.

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James 4:17, says:.

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Now, why would God
say this to me?

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Because the car that I had to
maneuver around it was a car that

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three months earlier we had decided
to donate to the Wheels

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Ministry here at Crossroads, and
we had never followed through.

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And God cared about that.

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And he was trying to lead
me in the right direction.

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Why didn't I?

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I don't know, why wouldn't you
have the title, the guy's

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email, the plates are expired.

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All of the -- the getting
it over to 45 minutes away.

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All the reasons that I had
God demolished with that one phrase:

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The good you ought to do.

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And within 10 days, we had gotten
rid of that car that had been

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sitting in our driveway for three
months because I realized God

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cares about this.

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He's got someone's name on this car
and I'm out of line with

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what he wants.

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So he wants to
lead me someplace new.

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I had all kinds of
examples in this category.

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I wish I could tell
you all the stories.

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I had trouble picking which ones
because there were so many.

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Just a couple other quick ones I
had where I felt super weary at

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the -- right at the beginning
when I first started taking this

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note on my phone.

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I was feeling very weary.

481
00:33:30.540 --> 00:33:34.160
I'm in school and my spring
semester ran straight into my summer

482
00:33:34.160 --> 00:33:35.660
semester and I had no break.

483
00:33:35.690 --> 00:33:37.820
And I was just -- I didn't
want to cram anything else in my

484
00:33:37.820 --> 00:33:39.670
brain. I was just weary.

485
00:33:40.580 --> 00:33:45.200
And he led me out of that
weariness through a story that I read

486
00:33:45.200 --> 00:33:48.950
in the Book of Exodus about how
he provided in the desert for

487
00:33:48.950 --> 00:33:50.020
the nation of Israel.

488
00:33:53.070 --> 00:33:56.880
My daughter asked me a question one
day, "Mom, if church, we can

489
00:33:56.880 --> 00:33:58.500
seize church on the computer.

490
00:33:59.070 --> 00:34:00.380
Why do we have to go?".

491
00:34:02.060 --> 00:34:05.520
And I thought, "I can see
why she would be asking that

492
00:34:05.520 --> 00:34:06.240
question."

493
00:34:06.810 --> 00:34:11.490
And there's an answer that I had
just been reading in the book

494
00:34:11.490 --> 00:34:16.200
of Hebrews and I was able to talk
to her about that and why it

495
00:34:16.200 --> 00:34:19.680
matters that we actually gather
together and what God does

496
00:34:19.680 --> 00:34:21.480
uniquely when we do.

497
00:34:22.960 --> 00:34:27.280
I also avoided a fight with
my husband at the outlet mall.

498
00:34:28.180 --> 00:34:31.870
You men get very grumpy at
outlet malls, may I just say.

499
00:34:32.350 --> 00:34:34.120
And my husband was no different.

500
00:34:34.870 --> 00:34:38.560
He doesn't like rugs and candles and
suitcases as much as I do.

501
00:34:38.920 --> 00:34:41.860
And he got super grumpy, said
something snarky, and just as I

502
00:34:41.860 --> 00:34:45.470
was about to
respond, bam! Intercepted

503
00:34:45.470 --> 00:34:45.970
by God.

504
00:34:46.820 --> 00:34:49.580
Totally changed my response to
him, totally changed it.

505
00:34:49.790 --> 00:34:54.350
How many of us wish we could rewind
and have a do over in one of

506
00:34:54.350 --> 00:34:56.750
our relationships and how
we responded to someone?

507
00:34:56.930 --> 00:35:00.560
It doesn't happen all the time,
but it did happen that day

508
00:35:00.560 --> 00:35:06.260
because God had access to me,
quick access where I would

509
00:35:06.260 --> 00:35:09.020
immediately recognize
his language.

510
00:35:11.700 --> 00:35:14.550
So what do I
do after this happens?

511
00:35:15.940 --> 00:35:16.720
Well, I follow.

512
00:35:17.840 --> 00:35:21.350
That's what we're actually called,
we're followers of Jesus.

513
00:35:22.550 --> 00:35:25.290
And anyone who wants to hear the
voice of God, the best thing we

514
00:35:25.290 --> 00:35:29.130
can do when we hear it is
to follow where the spirit is

515
00:35:29.130 --> 00:35:29.730
leading.

516
00:35:30.030 --> 00:35:31.230
That's what his job is.

517
00:35:31.230 --> 00:35:35.460
It turns out the spirit has a
job, in John 14:26 that says this:

518
00:35:46.890 --> 00:35:48.660
That's exactly what
was going on.

519
00:35:48.900 --> 00:35:52.500
He was trying to lead me and
he would bring to remembrance his

520
00:35:52.500 --> 00:35:58.590
words that came with all the context
that I knew that they had

521
00:35:59.070 --> 00:36:01.980
and all of
our relationship together.

522
00:36:03.480 --> 00:36:05.760
The second thing I noticed is that
he was trying to help me

523
00:36:05.760 --> 00:36:06.180
learn.

524
00:36:06.600 --> 00:36:12.810
Now, someday I'd like to be a
grown up, but I'm not, I guess

525
00:36:12.810 --> 00:36:13.290
yet.

526
00:36:13.530 --> 00:36:15.150
We all have growing to do.

527
00:36:15.150 --> 00:36:17.030
And he was trying
to help me learn.

528
00:36:17.040 --> 00:36:18.840
This is another category
of my notes.

529
00:36:19.200 --> 00:36:21.030
And I was on Instagram one day.

530
00:36:21.130 --> 00:36:23.940
I'm sure you never spend any
time scrolling Instagram like I do.

531
00:36:24.510 --> 00:36:27.990
And I was scrolling through Instagram and
I saw a meme and it

532
00:36:27.990 --> 00:36:31.110
stopped me because I don't know,
I guess I'm a pastor.

533
00:36:31.130 --> 00:36:33.240
I'm interested in
spiritual sounding things.

534
00:36:33.240 --> 00:36:35.830
And so I just stopped and
considered this for a moment.

535
00:36:36.090 --> 00:36:37.560
And this is the
meme that I found.

536
00:36:38.580 --> 00:36:40.980
I know you've heard this
sentiment, this spiritual sentiment

537
00:36:40.980 --> 00:36:42.750
that everything happens
for a reason.

538
00:36:43.620 --> 00:36:45.120
That's a very popular thought.

539
00:36:45.630 --> 00:36:48.300
And just as I was considering it
and doing a little head tilt

540
00:36:48.300 --> 00:36:53.920
about what I really thought about
it, what I heard was, "Don't

541
00:36:53.920 --> 00:36:55.450
be blown around."

542
00:36:57.450 --> 00:37:00.180
I had to search this one by
the word blown because I couldn't

543
00:37:00.180 --> 00:37:02.730
quite remember where it was,
but that's what I do.

544
00:37:03.090 --> 00:37:04.740
I know that's God.

545
00:37:04.770 --> 00:37:05.520
I know it is.

546
00:37:05.790 --> 00:37:07.030
I know that's from the Bible.

547
00:37:07.050 --> 00:37:08.850
This time I couldn't
quite remember where.

548
00:37:09.030 --> 00:37:13.260
So I got on to a search
function and I searched the word blown.

549
00:37:13.530 --> 00:37:14.440
And here's what I found.

550
00:37:14.460 --> 00:37:18.300
This is absolutely -- this is
absolutely what he was saying.

551
00:37:27.330 --> 00:37:31.080
Do you know how many spiritual means
you scroll by on a regular

552
00:37:31.080 --> 00:37:31.650
basis?

553
00:37:32.550 --> 00:37:36.210
Do we have a grid for
which one of those is right?

554
00:37:37.080 --> 00:37:37.980
What's true?

555
00:37:38.400 --> 00:37:40.710
What's just making us feel
better in the moment?

556
00:37:40.740 --> 00:37:45.600
God wants to intercept us and
teach us how to recognize his

557
00:37:45.600 --> 00:37:46.020
truth.

558
00:37:46.200 --> 00:37:49.110
I started collecting memes with
this sentiment because I

559
00:37:49.110 --> 00:37:50.820
realized, "Oh, I hear
this all the time.

560
00:37:51.360 --> 00:37:52.980
Oh, everything happens
for a reason.

561
00:37:52.980 --> 00:37:54.530
That sounds really nice, right?"

562
00:37:54.780 --> 00:37:56.880
Well, what if that
reason is physics?

563
00:37:57.390 --> 00:38:00.240
That's what one of them says,
"Everything happens for a reason

564
00:38:00.770 --> 00:38:01.590
and it's physics.".

565
00:38:02.910 --> 00:38:08.400
Or what if someday everything is
going to make perfect sense?

566
00:38:08.880 --> 00:38:11.490
So I can just believe that
everything happens for a reason.

567
00:38:12.000 --> 00:38:12.660
Is it?

568
00:38:14.110 --> 00:38:18.310
My life experience certainly does
not bear out that someday

569
00:38:18.310 --> 00:38:20.260
everything will make
perfect sense.

570
00:38:21.540 --> 00:38:22.530
Is that true?

571
00:38:23.500 --> 00:38:25.560
And if so, what part
of that is true

572
00:38:25.560 --> 00:38:29.290
Or maybe this one is the closest
to truth of all, and the truth

573
00:38:29.290 --> 00:38:33.700
is sometimes you're just stupid
and you make bad decisions.

574
00:38:35.050 --> 00:38:36.500
That might be the truth for me.

575
00:38:36.610 --> 00:38:38.440
That might be the closest
one to the truth.

576
00:38:38.890 --> 00:38:44.020
And lastly, maybe this is all
for not and actually nothing

577
00:38:44.020 --> 00:38:44.920
happens for a reason.

578
00:38:45.850 --> 00:38:46.490
It just doesn't.

579
00:38:48.360 --> 00:38:52.170
It took me no time at all
to collect these, and I kept going

580
00:38:52.170 --> 00:38:56.490
back to the verse that God doesn't
want for me to blow around

581
00:38:56.490 --> 00:38:57.090
in the wind.

582
00:38:57.120 --> 00:39:01.110
He doesn't want for me to be
led astray at some moment where I

583
00:39:01.110 --> 00:39:04.170
can't figure out which one of
those is closer to the truth.

584
00:39:04.800 --> 00:39:05.880
He wants to help me learn.

585
00:39:07.280 --> 00:39:11.920
And unfortunately, he also wants to
help me learn about myself.

586
00:39:12.790 --> 00:39:16.590
And the reason I say unfortunately
is because sometimes it isn't

587
00:39:16.590 --> 00:39:17.310
very pretty.

588
00:39:18.210 --> 00:39:23.290
Like this, as I was driving onto
my street one day, I -- you

589
00:39:23.310 --> 00:39:24.720
know, I just kind of glanced up.

590
00:39:24.840 --> 00:39:28.050
Nothing, doing nothing, just kind of
caught a glimpse of a

591
00:39:28.050 --> 00:39:28.830
neighbor's house.

592
00:39:29.310 --> 00:39:34.920
And the woman who lives there, I
was like, "I really do not like

593
00:39:34.920 --> 00:39:35.200
her."

594
00:39:36.920 --> 00:39:38.240
This is what's going
on in my head.

595
00:39:38.290 --> 00:39:41.360
All I did was catch a
glimpse of the poor lady's house.

596
00:39:41.930 --> 00:39:44.780
And in my inner
dialogue here's what's happening.

597
00:39:45.140 --> 00:39:47.030
Boy, she's really frowny.

598
00:39:47.840 --> 00:39:50.540
I like smiley people,
she's super frowny.

599
00:39:51.020 --> 00:39:55.040
And, you know, she
has this nervous energy.

600
00:39:55.370 --> 00:39:58.190
She always makes me feel uneasy,
like I can never just feel

601
00:39:58.190 --> 00:39:59.590
at ease when I'm around her.

602
00:39:59.600 --> 00:40:01.340
She's not very pleasant.

603
00:40:01.860 --> 00:40:04.490
She just kind of don't
like to see her.

604
00:40:04.790 --> 00:40:05.420
You get it.

605
00:40:05.960 --> 00:40:10.820
Right in the middle of this
terrible train of thought I hear

606
00:40:10.820 --> 00:40:14.270
three words, harassed
and helpless.

607
00:40:15.370 --> 00:40:18.670
And this one really got me,
you all, it really got me.

608
00:40:20.780 --> 00:40:22.460
Instant change.

609
00:40:23.030 --> 00:40:24.890
It was an instant change.

610
00:40:25.310 --> 00:40:28.370
I could -- if I could draw it
for you, it would be like a flood

611
00:40:28.380 --> 00:40:31.160
that, like, rushed over me
from head to toe.

612
00:40:31.190 --> 00:40:36.860
It was an instantaneous change because
God knew that I might not

613
00:40:36.860 --> 00:40:39.590
be able to write this Scripture down
for you word for word, but

614
00:40:39.650 --> 00:40:40.520
I would know it.

615
00:40:41.150 --> 00:40:45.670
And here's what it
was, Matthew 9:36-37:

616
00:41:07.030 --> 00:41:11.530
That one hurt because I like to
think of myself as a nice

617
00:41:11.530 --> 00:41:15.520
person, as somebody who cares
about other people and actually

618
00:41:15.700 --> 00:41:16.660
wants to love them.

619
00:41:17.450 --> 00:41:22.950
And right in the middle, I realized
I've got to see this about

620
00:41:22.950 --> 00:41:23.580
myself.

621
00:41:24.090 --> 00:41:28.620
And man, God loves this person and
maybe I could join him in

622
00:41:28.620 --> 00:41:32.670
loving her instead of driving
by her house, having terrible

623
00:41:32.670 --> 00:41:34.760
thoughts that I just
affirm in myself.

624
00:41:39.380 --> 00:41:43.760
The last thing I noticed was
that God was trying to encourage

625
00:41:43.760 --> 00:41:43.950
me.

626
00:41:43.970 --> 00:41:46.740
And after that interaction, I
need a little encouragement.

627
00:41:48.140 --> 00:41:52.580
But that was the other
major category that I noticed.

628
00:41:52.910 --> 00:41:57.110
And sometimes the voice of God
trying to encourage me through

629
00:41:57.110 --> 00:41:59.180
Scripture was just a quick one.

630
00:41:59.480 --> 00:42:04.100
Like sitting at a stoplight or
walking into a meeting or

631
00:42:04.100 --> 00:42:04.850
something like that.

632
00:42:04.850 --> 00:42:08.540
One of my favorite verses, which
I only really thought about

633
00:42:08.540 --> 00:42:13.640
today was that I heard several times
was: I can do all things

634
00:42:14.420 --> 00:42:15.830
through Christ who
strengthens me.

635
00:42:15.830 --> 00:42:17.590
And that would pop up sometimes.

636
00:42:17.600 --> 00:42:21.980
And then actually this just happened
earlier, but I was thinking

637
00:42:21.980 --> 00:42:24.290
of it and it was on my
note because I was speaking somewhere

638
00:42:24.290 --> 00:42:24.710
else.

639
00:42:25.190 --> 00:42:30.860
And every time I speak or
maybe almost every time I speak

640
00:42:31.310 --> 00:42:35.600
anywhere, I will remember
suddenly Psalm 45:1.

641
00:42:36.620 --> 00:42:38.540
And it's part of
my history with God.

642
00:42:38.600 --> 00:42:40.070
It's part of our shorthand.

643
00:42:40.430 --> 00:42:44.390
It's part of the way that
maybe you text your friends an

644
00:42:44.390 --> 00:42:46.910
abbreviation or a phrase
or something like that.

645
00:42:46.930 --> 00:42:51.110
And God knows that I know this
verse because it's part of our

646
00:42:51.110 --> 00:42:52.010
history together.

647
00:42:53.620 --> 00:42:57.460
Psalm 45:1 I read the week before
I ever spoke at Crossroads for

648
00:42:57.460 --> 00:43:05.260
the very first time,
and it says:

649
00:43:07.170 --> 00:43:09.480
God knows me, he knows
I like to write.

650
00:43:10.170 --> 00:43:12.910
He knows I love words and
I'm actually very comfortable with

651
00:43:12.910 --> 00:43:14.580
them on paper.

652
00:43:16.850 --> 00:43:21.830
And this verse will often come back
to me as his shorthand to

653
00:43:21.830 --> 00:43:24.740
encourage me before I
speak, to say,.

654
00:43:24.770 --> 00:43:29.060
"Hey, I've got you, you've
got this, it's all good.

655
00:43:29.570 --> 00:43:30.350
It's all good.

656
00:43:30.370 --> 00:43:33.830
Just as comfortable as you
feel writing, you've got

657
00:43:33.830 --> 00:43:36.500
it. You should feel
just as comfortable speaking.".

658
00:43:37.220 --> 00:43:40.760
And he still uses that because he
knows it will take me all the

659
00:43:40.760 --> 00:43:43.100
way back to the very first time.

660
00:43:44.420 --> 00:43:48.200
The other shorthand, I like to
think of this one, honest to

661
00:43:48.200 --> 00:43:51.660
goodness, as like sort of a prom
dress that I have with God.

662
00:43:53.140 --> 00:43:56.590
This next one is definitely
part of our history together.

663
00:43:56.770 --> 00:43:59.320
And think about it, this is
how you encourage your friends,

664
00:43:59.590 --> 00:43:59.860
right?

665
00:43:59.890 --> 00:44:03.850
If one of your friends is
like really low about something or

666
00:44:03.850 --> 00:44:06.810
they're very worried about something, what
are you going to do?

667
00:44:06.820 --> 00:44:09.820
You're going to say something
like, I know you.

668
00:44:11.340 --> 00:44:12.630
I know what you're like.

669
00:44:12.930 --> 00:44:13.860
You're gonna be fine.

670
00:44:13.880 --> 00:44:14.670
You've got this.

671
00:44:14.820 --> 00:44:18.480
Or maybe you do have some words
of wisdom for them because you

672
00:44:18.480 --> 00:44:19.020
know them.

673
00:44:20.040 --> 00:44:20.760
You know them.

674
00:44:20.790 --> 00:44:22.320
That's how we
encourage each other.

675
00:44:22.890 --> 00:44:27.690
And God uses Psalm 139 for me
a lot because it's my favorite

676
00:44:27.690 --> 00:44:28.080
Psalm.

677
00:44:28.740 --> 00:44:31.590
It has been for as many years
as I can remember reading the

678
00:44:31.590 --> 00:44:31.980
Bible.

679
00:44:32.190 --> 00:44:34.010
It's always been
my favorite Psalm.

680
00:44:34.470 --> 00:44:37.050
And I don't know about you,
but I have a bad place.

681
00:44:37.340 --> 00:44:40.610
Do you have like a mental,
emotional sort of bad place?

682
00:44:40.620 --> 00:44:44.160
If you go into a bad place
in your head, what does that look

683
00:44:44.160 --> 00:44:44.940
like for you?

684
00:44:45.990 --> 00:44:49.920
For me, my bad
place is: you're alone.

685
00:44:51.340 --> 00:44:52.680
No one knows you.

686
00:44:56.280 --> 00:44:59.490
No other moms and very few
other moms have as many kids.

687
00:44:59.610 --> 00:45:00.420
You're by yourself.

688
00:45:01.050 --> 00:45:03.600
No other women really
do what you do.

689
00:45:03.900 --> 00:45:04.410
You're alone.

690
00:45:05.220 --> 00:45:06.270
That's my bad place.

691
00:45:09.720 --> 00:45:10.740
Psalm 139:.

692
00:45:41.900 --> 00:45:47.210
Sometimes all I hear is,
"Ali, I know you.".

693
00:45:48.450 --> 00:45:53.090
And it immediately takes me back to
Psalm 139 and I'll read it

694
00:45:53.130 --> 00:45:55.570
and I'll remember I have
a God who knows me.

695
00:45:55.590 --> 00:45:58.650
He'll just say, "I know you."

696
00:46:00.820 --> 00:46:03.610
We have a prom dress because we
have a history and we have a

697
00:46:03.610 --> 00:46:07.120
fabric and there's a foundation and
he can draw on it because

698
00:46:07.120 --> 00:46:11.230
I've exposed myself to the Bible
just enough to have learned

699
00:46:11.410 --> 00:46:15.520
some of the ways that he
might try to talk to me.

700
00:46:17.000 --> 00:46:20.330
In those three buckets, in the
three different categories that I

701
00:46:20.330 --> 00:46:27.100
discovered as I sort of compiled
this note: Lead, Learn, and

702
00:46:27.100 --> 00:46:27.700
Lift Up.

703
00:46:28.840 --> 00:46:30.880
I was thinking about those
kind of after the fact.

704
00:46:30.890 --> 00:46:31.930
I'd already seen it.

705
00:46:32.330 --> 00:46:33.700
I'd drawn them out.

706
00:46:33.820 --> 00:46:37.210
I had written them down and I was
like, oh, I like it it, you

707
00:46:37.210 --> 00:46:37.990
know, three L's.

708
00:46:37.990 --> 00:46:40.570
I had encouraged at first, but,
you know, three L's are better.

709
00:46:42.720 --> 00:46:48.480
And I've looked at those and
I thought to myself, "Oh, that's

710
00:46:48.480 --> 00:46:51.630
what every good dad
does for their kid."

711
00:46:54.020 --> 00:46:58.010
Whether you have a good dad or you
have a bad dad or anywhere in

712
00:46:58.010 --> 00:47:02.900
between, I think we can agree that
good dads want to lead their

713
00:47:02.900 --> 00:47:06.770
kids, that good dads want
their kids to learn.

714
00:47:06.800 --> 00:47:10.460
They want them to grow and mature
and grow up in all ways.

715
00:47:10.970 --> 00:47:15.260
And good dads always want to
be the voice of encouragement for

716
00:47:15.260 --> 00:47:15.950
their children.

717
00:47:16.140 --> 00:47:16.640
Always.

718
00:47:18.500 --> 00:47:22.650
Isn't it funny, I later thought,
as I was thinking about this,

719
00:47:22.650 --> 00:47:25.170
that Romans 8:14 says:.

720
00:47:25.920 --> 00:47:30.120
.

721
00:47:33.070 --> 00:47:37.000
As we learn his language, we open
ourselves up to be led by his

722
00:47:37.000 --> 00:47:41.320
spirit in some way it happens that
in that leading we end up

723
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feeling like we're part
of the family.

724
00:47:43.270 --> 00:47:46.630
We end up feeling like we have a
God who knows us, who loves us,

725
00:47:46.630 --> 00:47:48.220
who includes us in his plans.

726
00:47:48.430 --> 00:47:50.800
And this is the
way that it happens.

727
00:47:51.420 --> 00:47:54.370
And friends, I do believe that
God speaks in many other ways.

728
00:47:54.430 --> 00:47:58.150
I love seeing all the videos that
people send in about how God

729
00:47:58.150 --> 00:47:58.780
speaks to them.

730
00:47:59.110 --> 00:48:02.320
I, too, have experienced God
speaking in many other ways.

731
00:48:02.350 --> 00:48:07.990
But I will tell you what, none of
them I would ever be as sure,

732
00:48:08.020 --> 00:48:12.250
as confident, and as rock solid as
I feel when he can take me

733
00:48:12.250 --> 00:48:16.090
into His Word and I
can understand him there.

734
00:48:16.630 --> 00:48:20.380
I think that many of us
spend our lives reading billboards and

735
00:48:20.620 --> 00:48:24.010
reading -- wanting quotes, spiritual
quotes and also sifting

736
00:48:24.010 --> 00:48:28.270
our own thoughts or hoping that God
will speak to us in some

737
00:48:28.270 --> 00:48:31.750
way that we could ever understand
while we overlook the very

738
00:48:31.750 --> 00:48:36.860
way that a good father told
us to go and learn.

739
00:48:39.200 --> 00:48:40.550
Jesus actually affirmed this.

740
00:48:40.580 --> 00:48:42.470
He says the goal of
Scripture is not perfect

741
00:48:42.470 --> 00:48:45.410
knowledge, definitely not
perfect knowledge.

742
00:48:45.740 --> 00:48:48.740
It is instead to find Him.

743
00:48:49.640 --> 00:48:53.180
Listen to this interaction he had
in the Book of John 5.

744
00:48:53.480 --> 00:48:56.390
He's talking to some Pharisees
and these are religious leaders.

745
00:48:56.600 --> 00:48:58.370
Not just any kind
of religious leaders.

746
00:48:58.400 --> 00:49:02.000
These guys literally had the
Hebrew scriptures memorized word

747
00:49:02.000 --> 00:49:02.400
for word.

748
00:49:02.420 --> 00:49:04.730
It was part of how
you became a Pharisee.

749
00:49:04.760 --> 00:49:06.620
They knew the scriptures.

750
00:49:06.680 --> 00:49:09.860
I mean, they
knew the scriptures.

751
00:49:10.730 --> 00:49:12.010
And Jesus says to them:.

752
00:49:29.090 --> 00:49:32.330
Jesus says it's not about how
well you know, the scriptures,

753
00:49:32.330 --> 00:49:36.410
it's about can you see through
them and understand who I am?

754
00:49:36.950 --> 00:49:39.380
He was called the
word who became flesh.

755
00:49:39.560 --> 00:49:41.060
He is the word of God.

756
00:49:41.060 --> 00:49:44.990
And all the life that we
could ever want begins with a

757
00:49:44.990 --> 00:49:46.160
relationship with him.

758
00:49:46.190 --> 00:49:50.090
He criticized these religious people
because they had everything

759
00:49:50.090 --> 00:49:53.340
memorized and yet they
didn't recognize Him.

760
00:49:53.340 --> 00:49:57.440
And they were using the Scriptures
to the wrong end and they

761
00:49:57.440 --> 00:49:57.950
missed it.

762
00:49:59.780 --> 00:50:03.350
The Bible exists to
point us to Jesus.

763
00:50:03.650 --> 00:50:04.880
It's Him we're looking for.

764
00:50:05.320 --> 00:50:09.350
Better one verse, seriously, better one
verse that leads you to

765
00:50:09.350 --> 00:50:14.060
him than knowledge of all kinds
of all different books and all

766
00:50:14.060 --> 00:50:15.470
different concepts in the Bible.

767
00:50:15.470 --> 00:50:19.190
Better one verse that
you actually encounter Him.

768
00:50:21.610 --> 00:50:24.710
And I'm passionate about it because
this is -- this is life.

769
00:50:24.740 --> 00:50:26.120
This feels like life to me.

770
00:50:26.600 --> 00:50:30.410
This -- His voice feels like
it's leading me to life, that's

771
00:50:30.410 --> 00:50:34.430
being given by the Father through
His Son and unlocked through

772
00:50:34.430 --> 00:50:37.580
the voice of His Spirit for
you and me here and now.

773
00:50:38.090 --> 00:50:39.320
It feels like life.

774
00:50:41.190 --> 00:50:42.390
So how do we start?

775
00:50:43.050 --> 00:50:43.950
How do we do this?

776
00:50:43.980 --> 00:50:46.710
How do we get to the point
where we can actually hear God

777
00:50:46.980 --> 00:50:47.730
through His Word?

778
00:50:47.760 --> 00:50:49.050
Well, I'm so glad you asked.

779
00:50:51.370 --> 00:50:54.630
There is no substitute
for exposure and time.

780
00:50:57.730 --> 00:51:00.790
Just like in any other relationship
that we have, there is no

781
00:51:00.790 --> 00:51:05.770
substitute for time spent together
and just repeated exposure

782
00:51:05.980 --> 00:51:09.240
to get to know the language
that you're gonna develop together.

783
00:51:09.280 --> 00:51:10.660
There is no substitute for that.

784
00:51:12.220 --> 00:51:15.520
The other thing I think that we can
do is we can agree here and

785
00:51:15.520 --> 00:51:19.700
now today to drop our
story about the Bible.

786
00:51:20.180 --> 00:51:22.910
I actually do think that this
would help because I've had this

787
00:51:22.910 --> 00:51:26.750
story, many of you either have or
have had this story about the

788
00:51:26.750 --> 00:51:28.280
Bible and it goes like this:

789
00:51:29.090 --> 00:51:31.160
The Bible is so boring.

790
00:51:31.970 --> 00:51:32.990
Oh, it's so boring.

791
00:51:33.530 --> 00:51:35.240
It's so hard to understand.

792
00:51:35.330 --> 00:51:37.340
Sometimes I don't even
know what I'm reading.

793
00:51:37.610 --> 00:51:40.490
It's so frustrating when I get
stuck on something I don't know

794
00:51:40.490 --> 00:51:42.680
and I don't know the guy and
I can't remember the date and

795
00:51:42.680 --> 00:51:43.910
what -- Who's the king?

796
00:51:43.910 --> 00:51:45.710
And it's just so frustrating.

797
00:51:46.710 --> 00:51:51.460
And I think part of the reason is
we get caught up in that and

798
00:51:51.460 --> 00:51:54.310
we could instead begin to
read it in community.

799
00:51:55.540 --> 00:51:59.530
Maybe sometimes one thing someone else
has said to me is enough

800
00:51:59.530 --> 00:52:02.310
to get me over the hump of
understanding the thing I just read.

801
00:52:02.320 --> 00:52:05.050
It's so helpful to
do it in community.

802
00:52:05.410 --> 00:52:08.290
And we actually have an app
where you can do just that.

803
00:52:08.620 --> 00:52:12.700
And part of my job, because I really
care a lot about this, is I

804
00:52:12.700 --> 00:52:15.640
get to pick the Scriptures
that appear in the app.

805
00:52:16.840 --> 00:52:20.260
And so I've put some in
there, especially this next week, to

806
00:52:20.290 --> 00:52:22.220
address some of the things
that we've talked about today.

807
00:52:22.250 --> 00:52:25.210
There's some chapters from the Book
of John where Jesus talks

808
00:52:25.210 --> 00:52:28.060
about the Holy Spirit and how
he's going to connect with his

809
00:52:28.060 --> 00:52:30.520
disciples and all of
how that works.

810
00:52:30.520 --> 00:52:31.870
And I love those chapters.

811
00:52:32.200 --> 00:52:34.300
And there's some other things you're
going to encounter over the

812
00:52:34.300 --> 00:52:37.420
next couple of weeks in there
that I've picked on purpose.

813
00:52:38.560 --> 00:52:42.940
And it's so cool to read it
in community, because if you don't

814
00:52:43.000 --> 00:52:46.000
understand something or you have
a question, probably someone

815
00:52:46.000 --> 00:52:49.690
else has journaled and had that
question and maybe someone else

816
00:52:49.750 --> 00:52:52.000
is asking or
answering that question.

817
00:52:52.000 --> 00:52:55.780
And sometimes we can actually
help each other understand.

818
00:52:59.540 --> 00:53:05.720
A win for me would be if in 40
days you said to me, "Ali, I feel

819
00:53:05.720 --> 00:53:08.450
about the Bible like you
started to feel about water."

820
00:53:09.380 --> 00:53:11.420
This is a gallon of water.

821
00:53:11.810 --> 00:53:15.680
And a couple of years ago, I
started to drink a gallon of water

822
00:53:15.680 --> 00:53:19.190
a day just because one of my
kids said, "Let's do something for

823
00:53:19.190 --> 00:53:19.660
Lent."

824
00:53:20.450 --> 00:53:23.870
Usually, you know, as tradition
goes, you give something up.

825
00:53:23.870 --> 00:53:27.950
And I thought, I think I'm going
to take something on as opposed

826
00:53:27.950 --> 00:53:28.840
to giving something up.

827
00:53:28.850 --> 00:53:34.550
See, I knew in my head
that the experts, medical experts say

828
00:53:34.550 --> 00:53:37.150
that my body should have a
certain amount of water every day.

829
00:53:37.160 --> 00:53:41.150
I knew what that was and I
just didn't want to do it.

830
00:53:42.370 --> 00:53:43.090
I don't like it.

831
00:53:43.480 --> 00:53:44.770
It doesn't taste very good.

832
00:53:44.980 --> 00:53:48.460
It's kind of a pain to carry
something around and it makes me

833
00:53:48.460 --> 00:53:50.740
pee all the time and
that's sort of annoying.

834
00:53:50.980 --> 00:53:52.180
And so I you know what?

835
00:53:52.240 --> 00:53:53.410
I know what's good for me.

836
00:53:53.410 --> 00:53:55.060
And also, I don't care.

837
00:53:55.660 --> 00:53:56.420
I just don't want to do it.

838
00:53:57.770 --> 00:53:59.060
Totally my attitude.

839
00:53:59.700 --> 00:54:02.570
I'll just drink my Diet Coke at
lunch and have a glass of wine

840
00:54:02.570 --> 00:54:04.580
after work or something, that was
pretty much where I was.

841
00:54:05.690 --> 00:54:06.200
Nice, right?

842
00:54:06.470 --> 00:54:10.460
So I took on a gallon of
water a day for 40 days.

843
00:54:10.460 --> 00:54:13.400
And a year and a half later,
I was still carrying around this

844
00:54:13.400 --> 00:54:18.110
gallon of water to which my co-worker
said, "You and all the 20

845
00:54:18.110 --> 00:54:20.840
year old guys that work out at
Gold's Gym are the only people

846
00:54:20.840 --> 00:54:22.430
that carry around a
gallon of water.".

847
00:54:22.730 --> 00:54:23.930
And I was like, I don't care.

848
00:54:23.930 --> 00:54:28.010
It's working for me because I
was seeing there's an X factor

849
00:54:28.010 --> 00:54:28.320
here.

850
00:54:29.570 --> 00:54:32.840
There's some things that are happening to
me that I can't put my

851
00:54:32.840 --> 00:54:34.660
finger on, but I
know they're the water.

852
00:54:34.670 --> 00:54:35.480
I know they are.

853
00:54:36.170 --> 00:54:37.800
I didn't -- I thought
my skin was fine.

854
00:54:37.820 --> 00:54:39.110
Apparently, it could
have been better.

855
00:54:39.140 --> 00:54:40.610
My skin started to look better.

856
00:54:41.060 --> 00:54:43.160
I -- My nails were different.

857
00:54:43.460 --> 00:54:44.390
I felt different.

858
00:54:44.420 --> 00:54:45.350
I woke up. One

859
00:54:45.350 --> 00:54:47.870
of the weirdest things is I
would wake up easier in the

860
00:54:47.870 --> 00:54:48.320
morning.

861
00:54:48.970 --> 00:54:50.780
I was like, "Why
do I feel better?".

862
00:54:50.810 --> 00:54:54.470
It took me a while to notice that
one and that is -- that is so

863
00:54:54.470 --> 00:54:58.580
what I want for a new life
to take hold through reading the

864
00:54:58.580 --> 00:55:00.800
Bible, for me, for you,
for all of us.

865
00:55:01.010 --> 00:55:06.900
Because it takes a while of
constant exposure to start to notice

866
00:55:06.930 --> 00:55:08.880
that things feel different.

867
00:55:11.170 --> 00:55:13.450
I wish I could tell you it was
a one and done, but it's not.

868
00:55:13.550 --> 00:55:18.580
And so in 40 days, if you
feel about reading the Bible like I

869
00:55:18.580 --> 00:55:21.550
felt about drinking a gallon of
water, then this will have been

870
00:55:21.550 --> 00:55:21.850
a win.

871
00:55:21.880 --> 00:55:22.840
So I'm going to pray for us.

872
00:55:25.240 --> 00:55:26.890
Father, thank you for Your Word.

873
00:55:27.610 --> 00:55:30.640
Thank you that we can find You
there and that Your voice is

874
00:55:30.640 --> 00:55:32.210
loudest when we meet you there.

875
00:55:32.230 --> 00:55:35.890
Please teach us Your language and help
us to be able to hear

876
00:55:35.890 --> 00:55:36.520
Your voice.

877
00:55:37.000 --> 00:55:38.320
In Jesus name, I pray.

878
00:55:38.990 --> 00:55:39.310
Aman.

879
00:55:40.700 --> 00:55:41.040
All right.

880
00:55:41.090 --> 00:55:43.010
Thanks, everyone, we'll see
you next week.

881
00:55:44.300 --> 00:55:45.840
Thanks for tuning in
with us today.

882
00:55:45.870 --> 00:55:48.740
Hey, if you want any more
information about Crossroads, how you

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00:55:48.740 --> 00:55:51.710
can get plugged in, take
next steps, it's really simple.

884
00:55:51.830 --> 00:55:53.420
Just go to Crossroads.net

885
00:55:53.900 --> 00:55:56.780
and in the bottom right hand of
your screen you can click our

886
00:55:56.780 --> 00:55:59.060
chat button and get
connected with a person.

887
00:55:59.080 --> 00:55:59.720
It's not a robot.

888
00:55:59.750 --> 00:56:02.000
It's a real person who
will answer your questions.

889
00:56:02.390 --> 00:56:05.840
Hey, we'll see you next week for
week three of How to Hear God.
Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Chaser—a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations. If this is your first time in a group, or your group has new members, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Two truths and a lie is always a good place to start.

  1. Have you ever thought of God as a friend who wants to know and be known by you? Why or why not?

  2. It was said this week-end that the Bible is the foundational way of knowing God, not learning a book, but knowing God. Have you ever looked at the Bible that way? If not, how have you viewed the Bible?

  3. Do you think you can develop an ongoing, fun relationship with God, like you have with friends?

  4. The Bible is a key way that God speaks to us. God uses the Bible to lead us, to help us learn and to lift us up.

    Can you identify which one of those things you need the most right now?

  5. Read Psalm 139 together. Actually have 2 different people read Psalm 139 outloud from a different translation of the Bible. Do you know there are many different translations out there? Try New English Version and also try The Message. Talk through all the different things that God is saying to you as you read that Psalm.

Challenge

We got some great challenges given to us today. Which one will you commit to doing?

I’ll read the Bible for the next 40 days (the App or a Psalm a day is a great way to start) I’ll read it in community (we can text each other in this group) I’ll drop reading it light a text book (dull and boring), I’ll start reading it like it’s a relationship (alive with possibility)

Pick one and let the adventure begin!

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