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Tisdale United Methodist Church
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mark's Sunday School Review



I Samuel 3:1-10, 19



This week’s message was great and very insightful. I think communication breakdowns may the biggest problem we face. It is prevalent in all parts of our lives. It causes everything from breakups in families to the starting of wars. I don’t know if it is any worse now than it ever was, but I think it might be due to the number of external distractions around us. “The Power of Listening” is so much more than just hearing. Listening, real listening, requires focus and intent. It is more than just the audible action of hearing the words someone is saying. Listening involves seeing as well. Facial expressions and animations can give us insight in to the emotions people are trying to convey to us. I think this is the reason that people are misunderstood when texting and emailing. How well we listen, or don’t, shows the level of importance we put on the other person. Listening is a learned skill, not something we are born with, which means that we can get better at it. This isn’t to say that some people don’t find it to be more natural than others.



Not only do we need to listen to other people, but we need to listen to God. Often times we hear God, but overlook what He is saying because we aren’t listening for Him. The story of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19 is a great example of how God can be talking to us and if we aren’t listening for Him we think it is something or someone else. Our faith comes from our listening to God. In verses 9-10 after three times of hearing God and thinking it was Eli, Samuel was listening and the “Lord came and stood there”. He called out as before and this time Samuel said “I am Your servant, and I am listening”. “And Samuel grew and the Lord was with him…”.



Listen for God and He will be with you.