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Pastor Elio Marrocco's "How To Improve Your Hearing" sermon at New Life Christian Church on March 16, 2014. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca

Pastor Elio Marrocco's "How To Improve Your Hearing" sermon at New Life Christian Church on March 16, 2014. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca


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  • 1. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Text: James 1:9
  • 2. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING James 1:19 "Take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry."
  • 3. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING What is listening?
  • 4. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Listening is loving.
  • 5. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION Proverbs 18:13 "He who answers before listening, that is his folly and his shame."
  • 6. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION "It's stupid to decide before knowing the facts."
  • 7. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Four Wrong Assumptions: 1. That there is only one way to see things. 2. That everybody thinks like I do. 3. People never change. 4. I can figure out your motives.
  • 8. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Ultimately only God has the right to judge because only He can figure out motives.
  • 9. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION BLOCKAGE #2: IMPATIENCE Proverbs 29:20 "Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him."
  • 10. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING How do we know when we're being impatient with somebody? 1. We interrupt. 2. We jump to conclusions. Proverbs 19:11 "A man's wisdom gives him patience."
  • 11. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION BLOCKAGE #2: IMPATIENCE BLOCKAGE #3: PRIDE Proverbs 12:15 "The way of a fool seems right, but a wise man listens to advice."
  • 12. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION BLOCKAGE #2: IMPATIENCE BLOCKAGE #3: PRIDE Proverbs 20:5 "Though good advice lies deep within a counselor's heart, the wise man will draw it out."
  • 13. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Somebody said, ‘Everybody is ignorant or uninformed about something, we're just ignorant on different subjects.’
  • 14. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? BLOCKAGE #1: PRESUMPTION BLOCKAGE #2: IMPATIENCE BLOCKAGE #3: PRIDE Proverbs 15:31 "If you pay attention when you are corrected, you are wise!"
  • 15. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING How do we distinguish between good criticism and bad criticism?
  • 16. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Key to Handling criticism: distinguishing between the critic and the criticism.
  • 17. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING ‘Is the criticism valid?’ NOT ‘Is the critic valid?’
  • 18. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Four types of critics: 1. The lawyer Type of Critic 2. The theologians Type of Critic. 3. The historian Type of Critic. 4. The psychologist Type of Critic.
  • 19. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. 1. Listen with our eyes. Mark 10:21 "Jesus looked at him [talking about the rich young ruler] and loved him."
  • 20. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. 1. Listen with our eyes. 2. Listen with your heart.
  • 21. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING We listen for the hurt by listening with the heart.
  • 22. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Listening with the eye and listening with the heart builds stable marriages, and stable relationships!
  • 23. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING ‘All anger is caused by fear or hurt.’
  • 24. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Hurt people hurt people.
  • 25. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. 1. Listen with our eyes. 2. Listen with your heart. 3. Make time to listen.
  • 26. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING Experts tell us that the average couple in North America spends 26 minutes a week in serious conversation.
  • 27. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. III. HOW WELL DO WE LISTEN TO GOD? Matthew 17:5 "This is my Beloved Son… listen to Him!"
  • 28. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. III. HOW WELL DO WE LISTEN TO GOD? John 5:24 "Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned."
  • 29. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. III. HOW WELL DO WE LISTEN TO GOD? Luke 8:18 "Therefore [in light of all this] consider carefully how you listen."
  • 30. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR HEARING I. WHAT HINDERS OUR HEARING? II. THREE HEARING AIDS. III. HOW WELL DO WE LISTEN TO GOD? Hebrews 3:7 "As the Holy Spirit says: TODAY if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart."