The Important Noise Called Silence Pt. 2

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“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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What To Do About Rainy Days

The sun came out for a few hours yesterday. Other than that this has been one of the rainiest and cloudiest Springs I can remember. This morning I woke up with this song in my mind.

I think the song was something left over my subconscious, a tickler letting me know I am feeling a little less than stellar. Now, Mondays are my days off so I have decided it is not Mondays that are getting me down. I keep telling myself that highly effective people carry their own weather with them, but I have to admit their is something in me that is longing for the sun and it is making me just a bit cranky.

I spent some more time in prayer over a cup of coffee and then I launched into my day. I pushed aside the normal assortment of polos and tee shirts and got out some of my dress clothes and  dressed up. So far I have been asked five times why I am all dressed up. Just so everyone knows I have only seen seven people today. But that’s not important. What is important is that I am feeling  a little more sunny even though…once again it is raining.

What do you do when life’s circumstances get a little depressing?

Some Thoughts On the Prophetic Pt. 3

God is currently putting His finger on a prophetic thread in our church. By that I don;t mean there are a bunch of people seeing into the future. A prophetic work of God in a church is a work in which God begins to give a community a Divine direction and those same people begin to obey and carry out the plans of God for their community. That is what is happening at Cornerstone right now, a prophetic move. there is a price to pay for this wonderful adventure we are on and we as a church community are currently in the process of considering if the call is worth answering. My answer is “Yes”! Others though are on the fence.

Here are some things I gleaned from our lead pastor’s sermon this last Sunday.

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Accuracy in the prophetic requires a purification of the secret life. It requires a strengthening of integrity.

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Accuracy in the prophetic requires a love for the Word of God, the Bible.

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Accuracy in the prophetic requires a non-judgmental spirit.

To here the full service from which these thoughts were extrapolated you can jump over to NOTES FROM THE VICARAGE HERE. 

Some thoughts On the Prophetic Part 2

Here are some more thoughts I extrapolated through meditation from Sunday morning’s sermon at Cornerstone Church in Winchendon MA. To see the whole service you can click  HERE TO GO TO OUR NEW FAMILY BLOG.

Accuracy in the prophetic requires us to love like Jesus loved.

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Accuracy in the prophetic requires that we not be ashamed of our faith.

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Accuracy in the prophetic requires that we stop insisting on comfort. We have to give up our carnal ways and pleasures. We have to be willing to be inconvenienced.

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