Once
when my parents were visiting our home in Indiana, we took them to
Lake Michigan. It was a real delight, especially for my
eleven-year-old sister, who had never seen such a large body of water
before. As we visited that day about how relaxing it was to be in
nature and enjoy the sound of the waves, my Dad told me about an
interview he had heard with a woman who had been born deaf. By some
kind of surgical procedure a small portion of her hearing was
restored. And in this interview, she spoke with incredible gratitude
about how much she enjoyed even the sound of water running in her
sink when she brushed her teeth every morning! Something so
common-place, yet to her it was filled with glory! Why? Because she
suddenly had ears to hear.

That is what the
Holy Spirit does to us in relation to Christ. He gives us ears to
hear the Voice of Jesus, the Son of God speaking through the pages of
Scripture. He gives us eyes to see the brightness of the glory of God
shining forth from this Man of Galilee. He gives us new palates with
which to taste the sweetness of Him who gave His body to be the bread
of the world.

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Brian Hedges is Senior Pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, MI.

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The lead pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Mich., Brian G. Hedges started preaching when he was 18. His books include "Christ Formed in You," "Licensed to Kill," "Active Spirituality," "Hit List," and "Christ All Sufficient."

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Havner coined a word by combining the words squelch and quench. He used to say,
“Don’t ‘squench’ the Spirit.” Havner thought it was so descriptive
that he often used it in his preaching. Havner said, “We ‘squench’ the
Spirit in more ways than we suspect. We do so when we stifle the desire to speak
or act for the Lord. When we criticize or discourage others by an unspiritual
attitude, we ‘throw cold water’ on their inner fire. We have the Holy Spirit
as an honored Guest in every Christian gathering, and He can be grieved very
easily. A frivolous attitude, a rebellious frame of mind, or a fed-up complacency
will do it.”

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The lead pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, Mich., Brian G. Hedges started preaching when he was 18. His books include "Christ Formed in You," "Licensed to Kill," "Active Spirituality," "Hit List," and "Christ All Sufficient."

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