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On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote in “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” (1834)

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Listen

“I have much more to say to you, but you can’t handle it now. However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won’t speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and proclaim it to you.”

John 16:12-14

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Think

Think about all the voices you hear all day long: Your parents, family, teachers, co-workers, employees, friends at school; people on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, TV, YouTube, radio, podcasts, commercials, infomercials, memes, magazines, comment sections, videos, politicians, newscasters… Aaaahhhhh make it stop!

Whew.

Before Jesus died, he told his friends, “Look, y’all. Everything you’ll need to know in the future will be handled by the Spirit.”

We don’t have to get on social media or rely on “likes” to find out who we are. Instead we’re looking for the One True Voice. We get the truth straight from the Spirit, who gets it straight from God — we are the recipients of God’s direct knowledge! Want truth? Want guidance? Listen for the Spirit, get your info straight from the Source, and stand firm in the source of Truth.

Erin Spengeman Hutchison

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Pray

God, I know that you are speaking to me and guiding me. I will hear so many voices today. Help me to sort through all the noise so I can hear your voice speaking to me. Amen.

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Go

There will be winds that blow against you, like storms against a lighthouse.

But go, knowing that the very Spirit of God is within you, stirring you to be brave, love always, and stand firm in God’s grace.

Erin Spengeman Hutchison

Rev. Erin Spengeman Hutchison is a Baptist pastor and has worked with youth for nearly 20 years. She loves to preach, laugh, and listen to Bruce Springsteen. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a super cool husband, two awesome kids, and a crazy dog named Cricket.

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