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Noise. Why is . silence. so hard to deal with ? . `. noise. 183 million people are regularly exposed to. levels. labeled as excessive by the Environmental Protection Agency. Do you have a cell phone ?. A pager ?. Voice-Mail ?.

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Why is

silence

so hard to deal with ?

slide3
`

noise

183 million people are regularly exposed to

levels

labeled as excessive by the Environmental Protection Agency

slide12
noise

Is there such a thing as visual

?

slide13
`

Do you wish there were more billboards

along the roads you drive ?

slide15
distant

Do you feel that God is

?

slide16
louder

Do you wish God’s voice would be

in your life ?

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noise

A bedlam of

shocks the senses and perverts

that which if conducted aright might be a blessing.

Ellen White, 2SM p. 36

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SUV’s and minivans come now come with

separate CD and DVD systems for the back seats

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You can buy “wired” clothing now

coats and jackets equipped with cell phones and MP3 players

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Try

this

slide21

Make yourself comfortable in your chair

and begin breathing

slowly

as you read

slide22

Then Moses and the priests, who are Levites

Said to all Israel, “Be

silent

, Oh Israel, and listen”

Deuteronomy 27:9

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But the Lord is in His holy temple

Let all the earth be

silent

before Him.

Habakkuk 2:20

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Come to Me

all who are weary and burdened

and I will give you rest.

Jesus in Matthew 11

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still

If I am not

and if I don’t listen,

How is Jesus going to give me rest ?

slide27
silence

Have you spent the same amount of time worrying and talking

about your difficult, confusing situations as you have spent

in

listening to what God might have to say ?

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listening

Why is talking so much easier than

?

slide29
withdrew

But Jesus often

to a lonely place and prayed.

Luke 5:16

slide32
What is it about

silence

that is so difficult ?

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Why is it easier to surround myself with

noise

and keep moving

Than to stop, be

silent

and listen ?

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How much

noise

do I voluntarily subject myself to ?

slide35
Does my schedule, my time, my life look like that of a person

who wants to hear God’s word ?

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healing

Maybe the

and guidance we desperately need

Is not going to come from one more meeting or seminar

or sermon or self-help book

slide37

But from simply

listening

for the voice of God

slide38

Do you really believe that God’s

voice

is more interesting

than the voices around you ?

slide39

Is it possible that you have been

searching

for God in the winds,