If you followed the last few posts, you saw where I warned of terrible audio for Sunday evening’s message.
——————————— WARNING: AUDIO QUALITY IS TERRIBLE. I have no idea what happened with the recordings today but the entire audio file clipped. I hesitated even posting this evening’s message. I will try to find out what happened so we don’t have a “replay” next Sunday.
I have fixed this. It seems that I had inadvertently moved the “EXT IN” [external IN] selector to a different setting and the line levels were off the charts causing practically the entire audio file to clip.
THE REALLY GOOD NEWS …
The really good news is that in checking this out I discovered that I did not have the recorder set at optimal settings. It worked but the signal was weak. I really should have discovered this before. But now we should have much more clarity and depth in the recording. Yay! Woo-hoo!
(1 Chronicles 16:10 ESV) Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
(1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
(1 Chronicles 22:19 ESV) Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.”
(2 Chronicles 12:14 ESV) And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.
(2 Chronicles 14:3–4 ESV) He took away the foreign altars and the high places and broke down the pillars and cut down the Asherim and commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to keep the law and the commandment.
(2 Chronicles 15:12 ESV) And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul.
(2 Chronicles 20:3 ESV) Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
(Psalm 105:3 ESV) Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
(Psalm 105:4 ESV) Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
(Isaiah 55:6 ESV) Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.
(Amos 5:6 ESV) Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel.
(Zephaniah 2:3 ESV) Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.
WARNING: AUDIO QUALITY IS TERRIBLE. I have no idea what happened with the recordings today but the entire audio file clipped. I hesitated even posting this evening’s message. I will try to find out what happened so we don’t have a “replay” next Sunday.
Derek Thomas … We are never to approach any work for God from the perspective of our own natural abilities. “Whoever, therefore, shall acknowledge that God is sufficient for overcoming all obstacles”, Calvin concludes, “will gird himself bravely for his work; but he who delays for calculating his own strength is not only weakened but is almost overcome.” He continues: “Many are so full, yea so puffed out with confidence, that they bring forth nothing but wind. Hence let us learn to seek from God alone that fortitude which we need: for we are not stronger than Ezekiel, and if he needed to be strengthened by the Spirit of God, much more do we at this time need it.” [Thomas, D. (1993). God Strengthens: Ezekiel Simply Explained (p. 34). Darlington, England: Evangelical Press.]
We started in Ezekiel a few weeks ago. In my yearly reading I had seen some things that I thought would be good for us to give further study.
But I had no idea …
Wow … it seems that God took this series away from me in a hurry, and I am just trying to keep up. What a blessing! Written around 2,500 years ago but so very relevant for our times.
If we took these lessons of preparation seriously, our preaching and teaching would be dramatically transformed to the glory of God.
Think about it. Is God preparing us to speak for him? Do we see the absolute need for complete dependence on him to honor him in our service?