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LISTEN!

11 Dec

I sent this word to the leaders of Revolución Juvenil today, and I wanted to share it out here!

I was impacted by something I found in our devotions a few days ago.  King Rehoboam had just received the kingdom from his father Solomon.  He had everything that he could ever dream of…power, money, influence.  But, in ONE DECISION, he lost most of it.  He was not willing to follow the advice of the elders, but rather he listened to the young men who had grown up with him (2 Chronicles 10:8), and this cost him most of the kingdom.  

One thing that impacted me was 2 Chronicles 10:15.  It says, “So the king did not listen to the people…”  Because he was not willing to listen to the people, he did not win their hearts or their trust.  So, 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel decided to no longer follow him.  This week, I want you to focus on something that could change your effectiveness in ministry, in relationships with family members, with co-workers, or students you go to school with.  Become a LISTENER.  Listen to what people have to say.  Hear their hearts. 

So many times we are ready to give people the answer, but what we haven’t done is listened!  King Rehoboam lost much of what he had, because he could not understand the principle of listening.  Let’s put it into practice this Christmas time.  When you listen, you will find the real needs of people, and instead of losing that person, God will open a door for you to minister the love of Christ to them, and their life will be changed!  LISTEN, then LOVE!

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1 Comment

Posted by on December 11, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “LISTEN!

  1. Doug

    January 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Jeff,

    Its Doug, I just wanted to share a prayer I came across,and you would apreciate and maybe share w/ the kids. I tried to e-Mail you, however the e-Mail got bounnced back:

    ——-Original Message——-

    A 15 yr old wrote this!!

    New Pledge of Allegiance (TOTALLY AWESOME) !

    Since the Pledge of Allegiance
    and
    The Lord’s Prayer
    are not allowed in most
    public schools anymore
    Because the word “God” is mentioned….
    A kid in Arizona wrote the attached

    ——————————————————————————–

    NEW School prayer :

    Now I sit me down in school
    Where praying is against the rule
    For this great nation under God
    Finds mention of Him very odd.

    If Scripture now the class recites,
    It violates the Bill of Rights.
    And anytime my head I bow
    Becomes a Federal matter now.

    Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
    That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
    The law is specific, the law is precise.
    Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

    For praying in a public hall
    Might offend someone with no faith at all.
    In silence alone we must meditate,
    God’s name is prohibited by the state.

    We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
    And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
    They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
    To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
    We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
    And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
    It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong,
    We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.

    We can get our condoms and birth controls,
    Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
    But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
    No word of God must reach this crowd.

    It’s scary here I must confess,
    When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
    So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
    Should I be shot; My soul please take!
    Amen

    If you aren’t ashamed to do this,
    please pass this on.
    Jesus said,
    “If you are ashamed of me,
    I will be ashamed of you before my Father.”

    =

     

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