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									Can You Hear Me Now?                                               Page 1

                We’ve heard the Verizon cell phone commercials…Can you hear
                me now? The company claims to have the best service, with the
                fewest dropped calls anywhere. They continually check the network
                to determine where new towers will increase our reception. They
                want to make sure we can hear important messages that come
                through our cell phones.

                We don’t use Verizon, but it won’t help my male selective hearing.
                Instead of “Can you hear me now?” it’s more like “What did you
                say?” There is something about my wife’s pitch and soften spoken
                voice, that I regularly miss important messages. I think it can be a
                universal husband and wife miscommunication issue. Maybe
                Verizon can help us all hear one another better.

                Dallas and Nancy Demmitt wrote a book entitled “Can You Hear
                Me Now?” to encourage active listening for couples. They present
                couples with practical skills, motivate with Scripture, and confirm
                their thesis through success stories. They guide us in listening to
                our spouse and listening to God’s spiritual guidance.

                Imagine if Jesus’ disciples knew these listening skills and listened
                for God on their way to Emmaus. They heard Jesus teach from the
                Scripture, but did not recognize him. Only in retrospect did they
                acknowledge that their hearts burned from God’s warming love.
                They encountered the Risen Christ, but did not understand God’s
                grace. They walked along through life without being aware of the
                special God moment as it happened.
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                Samuel also could not recognize God calling his name. Three
                times, God called and Samuel thought that Eli called him. Three
                times, he heard the voice of God but did not listen. He did not yet
                know the Lord even as he served in the Temple as an aide to the
                Priest. Eli provided Samuel with wise counsel to listen again for
                the Lord to call.

                While God does not call on our cell phones, God is still calling
                faithful servants to listen. We can listen to God’s voice calling us
                through Scripture. We can encounter Jesus as we walk along our
                daily lives. We only need to develop good reception to God’s
                important messages.

                I’m intrigued with the recent interest in racial issues. With Barak
                Obama running for president, America seems to be listening again.
                Forty years, after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
                people are marching again to highlight racial tensions and
                inequality. It becomes easy for us to be deaf and blind to the
                discrimination elsewhere, until God calls our attention to it.

                We can walk through life without being aware of God’s call to reach
                out to God’s children. Samuel first delivered a message of
                correction then a message of hope in the Lord’s continued interest in
                personal lives. The disciples immediately began to proclaim a
                message of joy in God’s wonderful grace. We too have a message
                to share of the Risen Lord’s activity in our life.
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                Today, we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism. God encounters us
                in our baptism and calls us to listen. God’s welcoming grace
                touched our lives. As we pour water on Rory today, I invite you to
                open your eyes to God’s grace and remember what it means for you
                to be a Child of God. Rory will not remember this day, so the Lord
                will use us as a congregation to help her see and hear the important
                message of God’s love for her as we minister in Christ name to the
                impoverished. To God be the glory, now and always. Amen
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The Walk to Emmaus – Luke 24:13ff
  Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles
from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While
they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes
were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each
other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18Then one of them, whose name
was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the
things that have taken place there in these days?” 19He asked them, “What things?” They
replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be
condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem
Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took
place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this
morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had
indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us
went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.” 25Then he
said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets
have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then
enter into his glory?” 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them
the things about himself in all the scriptures.
      As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were
going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and
the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with
them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened,
and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, “Were not
our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the
scriptures to us?” 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the
eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, “The Lord has risen
indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and
how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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THE FIRST SCRIPTURE                        1 Samuel 3:1-11
  Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare
in those days; visions were not widespread.
     At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying
down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the
temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4Then the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!”
and he said, “Here I am!” 5and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said,
“I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. 6The LORD called again, “Samuel!”
Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not
call, my son; lie down again.” 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the
LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he
got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the
LORD was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you
shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his
      Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel
said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11Then the LORD said to Samuel, “See, I am about
to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.

HYMN # 656            “Open the Eyes of My Heart”

THE SECOND SCRIPTURE                       Acts 2:14, 36-41
   But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea
and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.

     Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other
apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far
away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” 40And he testified with many other
arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41So
those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons
were added. 42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and the prayers.
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Can You Hear Me Now?
By Martha Noebel
CBN Staff Writer -- We've all seen the little guy on the telephone company commercial walking around with his cell phone saying,
"Can you hear me now?" Then he walks a few steps and repeats the words, "Can you hear me now?" I love that clip so much. I
laugh every time. (Ok, I'm easily amused.) Anyway, I thought about that phrase and wondered if I could write an article, with
those words. I wondered what the spiritual perspective would be.

I questioned should the devotional be a picture of us asking God the question, "Can you hear me now?" You know the many
times we wonder if God is aware of what is going on in our lives. Sometimes we may find ourselves asking the question, just to
be sure. How silly we can be. Of course we know that God is in control of our lives if we have given our hearts to Him. So that's
not the issue.

Then today I heard a new song by Bob Carlisle entitled, You're Beautiful. It was off his latest CD: The Best Of Bob Carlisle -
Butterfly Kisses & Other Stories. As I listened to the words I knew what I should write about. The song tells of a new father
getting ready to see his daughter for the first time. The doctor stops to warn the excited father with a bit of news that he is sure
will upset him. The baby is healthy but not perfect. There is a "flaw" in her appearance. The song never says what exactly is
wrong but what followed the conversation with the doctor brought tears to my eyes.

The father went to see his daughter and carefully picked her up in his arms. He held her closely and began to speak the words;
"you're beautiful." With all the rejection of imperfect things in the world today, that was not the response I was expecting. This
father didn't care what his precious daughter looked like he just loved her. More than that, she was the most beautiful thing in
the world to him. In fact he said if he had to choose between her and the whole world, he would choose her. I'm really crying by
now. The song is so beautiful.

Then the song turns and points at each of us. It tells of Jesus when He was given the pseudo option to gain the whole world or
die for the likes of us. His answer was the same, as this child's father; Nobecause you're beautiful. That is what God sees when
He looks at us. He doesn't see us in our "flawed" state, but He thinks we are beautiful. He does not see what we are now, but
what we will beperfect in every way.

Bob Carlisle's song says something like this

You're beautifulIn every way
So beautiful How I've waited for this day
When the world was offered to me
I just couldn't make the trade
Cause you're so beautiful.
How many of us feel beautiful? How many of us know how much God loves us? Can we really say, "God thinks I'm beautiful?"
His love is so great for everyone. Jesus died so that we can know this love. How many times has God said, " You're beautiful.
Can you hear me now?"

He is repeating that message to each of us today. It is up to us to hear his words of love as He sings over us. "You're beautiful.
Can you hear me now?"

"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will
rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17
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                                           Can You Hear Me Now?
                                    By Dallas Demmitt PH.D. and Nancy Demmitt, M.C.

                                           "Prepare to experience
                                           the Power of Listening"
                                                       -Gary Smalley

  Everyone longs to be understood, to be valued and to be heard. And yet every misunderstanding disconnects us from
  another person. The listening principles in Can You Hear Me Now? can restore that vital connection.

  In Can You Hear Me Now? you will learn how to anchor yourself spiritually as you explore the depths of another
  person's heart. Let this book inspire you with success stories, equip you with practical skills, and motivate you
  through Scripture to give the gift of listening to the people in your life.

                                  From conflict to caring through the art of listening.

  Learn how to:
        Partner with God, the Wonderful Counselor
        Help others help themselves
        Communicate effectively and respectfully
        Work together to solve problems
        Express and resolve conflicts without damaging relationship
        Achieve understanding, when you don't agree
        Initiate change
        Handle difficult people
        Establish boundaries
        Stop the bickering and/or withdrawing and hear each other!
       How to listen to someone else's anger
       How to express your own anger constructively
       How to turn anger and hurt into greater understanding and caring..
       How to stop arguments from getting out of control
       Four listening skills for helping others help themselves
       Four speaking skills for inviting closeness and resolving conflict
       How to listen to God
          That change is possible! And that change can begin with me.

  Stress and fatigue management for

          Pastors/Christian leaders who are weary from relationship conflict. -- conflict within their church, the lives of
           those who seek their counsel, and within their own families.

          Anyone in relationship with others -marriage, parent/child, in the church, in the home, and in the work place.

  Use the book, Can You Hear Me Now? with questions for discussion and action steps at the end of each chapter as a
  self-study or small group study. .

  Can You Hear Me Now? will help you discover the skill of listening in three different areas of your life - Helping your
  relationships, helping others, and helping your self.

  Helping your Relationships - Here, the focus is on the art of communication - relationship skills for moving through life
  with another imperfect person who needs the grace of God as much as you..
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Helping Others - You learn, in your role as a servant-leader, how to shine a flashlight on the path into another's
conflict - to help them discover their way back to God and people they care for. You learn how to participate with
them in self -discovery and confession at the foot of the cross. You show them how to leave their burden there
through the cleansing and forgiveness of the Lord.

Helping Yourself - to experience relief from pain, as well as to enjoy the peace, joy and love that come through a life
of faith empowered by the grace of God.

One of the most painful human experiences is feeling of being misunderstood. Solomon in spirit-breathe wisdom said,
"Through it cost all you have, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7). The human heart longs to be understood, to be be heard. As Christian counselors helping couples, parents, church and business leaders, Dr. Dallas and
Nancy Demmitt have put together some of the best information on listening to come along in many years.

Listening becomes a gift we give to others when we explore the depths of another person's heart, their true feelings,
thoughts, hurts, and dreams. Can You Hear Me Now? Will inspire with success stories, equip with practical skills, and
motivate through Scripture to give the gift of listening to people in your life.

You'll discover that listening is a "God Thing", a spiritual encounter where God helps the matters of the heart to
revealed. If yo want to start on a journey worth taking.. to the heart of your loved one.. Listening is the path on which
you must walk. It's challenging, sometimes frightening, but you have a great Guide and the end result is a depth of
love, understanding, and intimacy that you have only barely begun to experience. "


                 Chapter                                          Title

               1.             The Broken Bridge

               2.             The Cry of the Heart: Nobody's Listening

               3.             Why Listening Is So Hard

               4.             The Shaping of a Listener

               5.             Discovery Listening Skills

               6.             Are You Ready to Listen?

               7.             Additional Steps for Discovery Listening

               8.             Listening to God

               9.             Discovery Talking: How to Listen to Yourself

               10.            Take Every Thought Captive

               11.            Inviting Others to Listen to You

               12.            How One Couple Put It All Together

               13.            When You Need More Probelm-Solving Skills

               14.            The Empty Chair

               15.            Coming Full Circle
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