There are a lot of glitches, distractions, and excuses that can cause us to stop listening. What lies in store for us, though, if we power through and keep listening?
What if we could just say one encouraging thing to one person today?
When we refer to Jesus as "Lord", what does that actually mean?
Being in a church's "worship service" can be a little overwhelming and awkward if we get distracted by those around us. If we focus on God - the object of our worship - maybe we can more easily praise Him.
Since Jesus made time for those who weren't like Him, or - according to others - just didn't fit in at the time, let us do the same thing.
If we were to evaluate the background of Bible authors (before they encountered God), we'd find mixed results. It is only through the evidence of God's work in their lives that their testimony is completed.
When we study what others have written or said, we should understand where they are coming from, and be able to determine if they are telling us the truth.
Praying may seem challenging at first, but given time and practice - and maybe a little help - we can make it as natural as other skills that we don't even think about anymore.
God sends out His message to us in many ways, if we choose to look without preconceptions.
Sometimes, in countries with religious freedom, I think that we make things harder than they need to be. What do those who are persecuted for their faith - and the example of the early church - have to teach us?
The first step to having peace is not necessarily to find "quiet".
Just as we can't see certain details under filtered light, our understanding of the world around us is a function of the light that we use to illuminate it.
Sometimes one more word will ruin the moment, and we need to practice appropriately-timed silence, along with an extra share of listening.
Although we can pray to God at any time, sometimes it is helpful to have a few specific situations to start with.