The Heart Of Communication

My 16 year old son, Caleb, wrote this blog post. He actually came to me and told me it first. I was so amazed by it, that I asked him to write it down for others to enjoy.

Talking Image

In all of life we use communication whether it is in the work place, school, church, home, or in other countries. Think about it, how many times do you read a sign on the road? That’s a form of communication.

There are three main tools of communication we use every day, which are the following:
1.Verbal
2.Non-verbal
3.Written.
Verbal means talking face to face, or the phone, public speaking, and more.

Nonverbal can mean watching a video on YouTube, a movie, music, the list goes on.

Movie film

Then there is written that’s books, articles, exactly what you are reading now.

Books

There is also a sub form of communication namely “Other“.
What is other? Well it means stuff like paintings, abstract art, drawings, and blueprints.
In order to perform any of these different types of communication you have to know what the heart of communication is.

At the heart of communication you need two key parts which are the following:
1.Giving
2.Receiving.

Here is an example: I give you the option to read this, but you have to receive it.
Now God has communicated with man since the beginning of time. In Genesis 1:27 you can find the first time God communicates with man, He blesses them. In Exodus you can find the account of Moses. God came to Moses through a burning bush told him to set his people free, but it would never have happened if Moses had not received the commission.

In 1 Kings in the bible you can find a prophet named Elijah, he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven. Yet again it would never have happened if God did not receive the prayer, and give the fire.

As you can see God has communicated since the beginning. It even gets better though. When a woman becomes pregnant, (hopefully in wedlock), God gave the child to her in the womb He knit the child together, created the child’s innermost being.

mother and child

Now when the woman gives birth if she is a follower of Jesus Christ, or attends a church, she would have the baby dedicated, or given back to God. This is when God receives the baby. If you fast forward a few years thechild one day has to choose whether to follow Jesus, or follow the world. God will knock on the heart of the child, and if the child decides to let God into his life. Than the child receives the gift of salvation God is presenting, and in doing so the child gave his life to Him.

But that’s not it. God receives your life with joy. But He also sends this child on a mission. God gives a command to the child to go to all the ends of the Earth and spread the gospel. This is the hard part for a lot of people to live out.

Why would you want to go out to the people in the mall and talk to people about Jesus, or at work, school, even in your own house? Yes you will be humiliated, mocked, ridiculed, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.

Take a look at what Jesus did for you. He, the Son of God himself, became a man for you, born in a manger which is a feeding trough. He grew up as a carpenter’s child, he taught people to love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and to pray for those who persecute you. He was taken captive in the night, he was accused of blasphemy. He was spat upon, mocked, ridiculed, and beaten. He was scourged, than carried a cross about three miles. He had a crown of thorns, and was nailed to the cross where he died. All of this was for you. But three days later he came back to life.

Jesus resurrection

Thank God he did, or else we would all have no chance to go to heaven.
I hope this helped someone out there. God has and will always be there.

Isaiah 56:6-7 Joy In Prayer

And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:6-7

Some things that have to be done in life are not always the most exciting or joyful things to do. For each person that list is different. Some people find great joy weeding a garden, while the other person finds it an extreme torture. Some find it challenging to work with little children, while others get great joy in it.

Prayer is something that many believers find as a great chore, often with very little to no joy. When a pastor calls for a prayer meeting, often very few show up for it. It is common to hear of people say that when they try to make a prayer time with God, they end up falling asleep. You may find this challenge sometimes or, maybe, all the time.

Yet, God says that He will give them joy in His house of prayer. Keep in mind that you are the temple of the Lord. Your body is God’s house. And is house, is one of prayer–communication with Him.

Think about how much joy it gives you to talk to your best friend. Most people find great joy in that.

It should be the same way, and even more so, with God. God is better than your best friend could ever be. He truly knows every little detail about your life.

Prayer is just communication, talking with God. It is not some solemn, spiritual act. It is talking and listening to each other. You do not need to use fancy church words, speak in your own words. He does not need doctorate degree words.

As you talk and listen to God, you will find great joy. You will learn God’s heart for you and this world. You will learn what God has for you each day.

Spend time talking to God. Don’t look at it as  just prayer, but a time to chat with God. And do it all throughout the day and night, not just on Sunday and meals.

I pray today that you will find joy in prayer to God; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will find time to talk and listen to God; and that God will work through your prayers.

Teaching To Change Lives

Title: Teaching To Change Lives
Author: Dr. Howard Hendricks
Publisher: Multinomah Books
Date: 1987
Pages: 152

Dr. Hendricks was a professor at the Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His focus of his teaching was in Christian Leadership. One of the things that he was passionate about was education. In this book he looks at what he calls “seven laws of teaching”.

Although the focus of this book is primarily upon teaching Sunday School classes or in ministry type classes, the information given can be used by any teacher, any where, teaching any subject. The methods taught are not strictly Christian or non-Christian. They do have Christian principles, but are good for any one to use. The author uses Scripture throughout the book to emphasize what the methods are to bring teaching alive in the classroom.

The seven laws are:
* The Law of the Teacher
* The Law of Education
* The Law of Activity
* The Law of Communication
* The Law of Heart
* The Law of Encouragement
* The Law of Readiness

At first glance it looks like he is talking about a bunch of rules and regulations, but that is not the case. He wants a person who is going to teach to be passionate about what they are teaching and knowing and understanding what they are teaching. In order to teach, the students must be engaged and encouraged. The information must be communicated well. The heart of the teacher must be in it for the information and for the student.

Think about the different classes you may have been in at some time in your life. Which ones did you really love and learn from? Usually they were the ones in which the teacher cared about you and made it fun to learn.

Regardless of who you are teaching, children or adults, the applications remain the same. The only difference is the words and methods change.

This book is easy to read and understand and will challenge you in your teaching if you do any at all. At the end of the book the author sets up a small study guide to go over what was said in each chapter and challenges the reader to apply it in teaching students.

If you do any teaching or are looking at doing some in the future I would highly recommend reading this book. Do not allow your classroom to be dead and boring, make it come alive.

Hebrews 9:24 In God’s Presence

“For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.” Hebrews 9:24

In the Old Testament the tabernacle, and later the temple, were built by humans to house the Ark of the Covenant. This Ark of the Covenant was the physical location for God to meet with the high priest once a year for the sacrifices required. God would come down from heaven to meet with the high priest. This location was only a representation of heaven itself.

Since Jesus was perfect with no sin, after His death and resurrection, He entered straight into heaven into God’s presence. With the Old Testament high priests, they could only meet with God at one location, once a year. This severely limited their communication with God. On the other hand, Jesus is directly in God’s presence day and night every day of the year.

Not only is Jesus in God’s presence, He is also there for you and I. He is there to appear before God for us. Jesus is our representative before God. Earlier in Hebrews it talks of Jesus being our mediator and that He prays daily for us. How much better could it be than to be directly in the presence of God for our mediator to be?

Often today a worker has a situation to deal with. He must go to his immediate supervisor and tell him. Then that supervisor must take some time to get a meeting with the head boss to decide what must be done. It takes a good amount of time to get the information back to the worker and get the situation dealt with sometimes. With Jesus, this line of communication is immediate. He does not need to work at getting to the head boss–God, He is already in His presence.

Today you can stand assured that Jesus is still in the presence of God in heaven. Jesus is standing there to intercede for you. We do not have to wait for that one day a year for one person to go in before God, we can go daily–all day everyday.

I pray today that God will give you peace of mind that Jesus is there for you in His presence; that you will know that you can go before God any time you need; that you will go before God all the time for everything; and that Jesus will bring you into the presence of God with Him in the heavenly places.