Serene and Calm

Sunday service at the Civic Center is always a surprise. We set up our instruments and microphones. Then their worker patches the wires up to our soundboard in the control room.

Every sound level remains from the last show. Every show is different. When we first turn everything on it is really loud. Our sound man has to adjust over 30 places to get the sound balanced for the church service.

Yesterday, the keyboard monitor shut off during the service. They could hear us in the house but we couldn’t hear the sounds we were playing. This happens often and I use headphones for that reason.

The poor synth player couldn’t hear anything! I unplugged the headphones to let her hear what I was playing from the external speakers on my keyboard. (Her keyboard doesn’t have external speakers.)

We kept playing. At the next song, the monitor turned back on – and we were together! Woo-hoo! Then it shut off again but came back on for the last song. Amazingly, we both were playing together – calm and serene. God did that!

Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But blessed is the man who trusts Me, God, the woman who sticks with God. (8) They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers  – never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.” The Message

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“Our trials are great opportunities, but all too often we simply see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove His love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter and rest, and a demonstration to others of His inexpressible power. If we would look for the signs of His glorious handiwork, then every cloud would indeed become a rainbow, and every difficult mountain path would become one of ascension, transformation, and glorification.” A. B. Simpson, in “Streams in the Desert” July 29

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Refuse Inane Discussions

My dad was a character. He loved giving his friends and family a hard time. A battle of wits was a favorite pastime.

We all inherited his wit. He found in his children a worthy opponent. As adults, we sometimes got the best of him. He always ended those discussions with 1 word…

“Stifle”

Stifle could mean several things:

  • I’m losing the battle and want to end the war.
  • You’re talking too much.
  • I don’t want to discuss that subject.
  • Your voice is too loud.
  • Don’t talk in here, (the car, church, etc).

If Dad were alive and had a Facebook page, I’m sure that would be his comment on many posts – “Stifle!”

2 Timothy 2:23-24, “Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. (24) God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth.” The Message

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“If we as Christians are going to be a witness in this culture, we must change the way we speak – not only about one another, but also about the world around us.” “The Timeless Voice: Civility is more than manners, it’s the gospel in action” Greg Baker, The Family Leader

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Proverbs 11:12, “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” New International Version

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“You’re to stand – not fight. …Our human methods get in God’s way.” The Word for You Today 7-6-2018

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“Living a life of faith often requires us to leave things alone. If we have completely entrusted something to God, we must keep our hands off it. He can guard it better than we can, and He does not need our help.” A. B. Simpson, in “Streams in the Desert” July 6

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