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Search for the message God wants you to hear

Well 2009 is coming to completion and 2010 will shortly be starting, for me personally a milestone, my oldest is graduating. (Okay now that I am completely depressed, sigh.) What do we want to hear as we complete the year or better yet what are the words that we need to hear today? In today’s highly technological society we have multiple ways to communicate. Whose email do you just open up immediately? If a letter was received and then forwarded onto you in an email, would you delete it before it is read? I can say that I delete the majority of FW: that I receive no offense please. What if it read; Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints (that is you) in Christ Jesus at Northside, together with the overseers and deacons: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ Philippians 1:1&2 (NIV, with a personal touch.) What would be enough to get your attention? So what does the subject line need to say? Okay way to many questions. Now having a letter sent to me from someone who is in jail because they would not stop preaching the word. Paul is writing this because he wanted to encourage the church of Philippi even though he should be depressed. He is sending his encouragement to the Philippians as they were the one church that was living it.

So as you read this message and knowing we have been bombarded with so much information I realize that it is most likely being scanned from the beginning, stopping somewhere in the middle and then wrap up in the end. Ultimately being a culture of mass information and constantly searching for the most media bites we scan and move onto the next message. In the book of Philippians, we may start off with the praise to the “saints”, you all, then move into something in the middle “Watch out for those dogs…” Philippians 3:2, and then finish with Amen. Wow that was inspiring from Paul. The Bible is written to provide guidance, encouragement, instruction, life application, growth, and to become alive. So today as I read the whole Bible, “In the beginning” (Gen 1:1), “I lift my eyes on the hills—” (Psalm 121:1), and “…Amen.” (Revelation 22:21). If the soothing, informative, convicting, life changing, true, alive, relevant, God breathed, effective, … Word of God is all of these things then should we not have the desire to read, study, discern, learn, allow, be inspired, be excited, … from all the pages of the Bible? If we are just skimming the Word or searching the concordance for the perfect verse are we missing something amazing? God is the author and so often I hear from others you need to read from “  ”, he or she is amazing. God is inspiring and has written a personal letter to you and therefore we should not only be excited about what He has to say but long to hear what He has to say. So today, open the Word, don’t skim, learn it, love it, lead it, and teach it. Live your life out loud!


Mark A Williams


December 18, 2009 - Posted by | Mark |


  1. Thanks, I needed that encouragement.

    Comment by Dick | December 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you. Very well written and inspirational because I am determined to read the Bible this new year (over the course of the year.) I love your last line – I hear you loud and clear!!!

    Comment by Lisa | December 18, 2009 | Reply

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