Having "ears to hear"

One of the spiritual gifts is "discerning of spirits" (1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV). Other translations say "distinguishing between spirits" (ESV, HSB) while the NAS says "distinguishing of spirits." They generally mean the same thing. The word distinguishing in the Greek carries with it a meaning that someone judges, a passing of a sentence, a thorough …

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How to listen to a sermon: part 2 "Expository Listening".

Yesterday I'd posted a piece called How to listen to a sermon: part 1 "The mechanics of listening". It examined the surface elements of how to listen and looked at what distracts us from listening well. Listening is a skill that needs to be practiced and honed, actively. The ultimate goal of a good listening …

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How to listen to a sermon: part 1 "The mechanics of listening"

Part 2 here: "Expository Listening"As I'm sure you do, I like to listen to sermons. I listen at my laptop, while I am doing dishes or cooking, and in church. The former means I have no visuals to accompany the listening, and the latter does.The catch is finding a good preacher who treats the scripture …

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