Malachi 3:16–18 (NKJV) 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name. 17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him.

I apologized two or three times for starting so abruptly with my Christian brother at the beginning of our planned 50-minute weekly phone call. My rant was about Christians’ various views on how repentance works.

He assured me that my abruptness was fine. I thanked him, and we had a great time.

Toward the end of our visit my friend said, “I need to just be quiet. I’ve talked too long.” He hadn’t, and I told him so. He thanked me, and we had more great time together.

Then, the verse above came to mind and I observed, “It’s good to talk to each other, so we can articulate our thoughts and hear other viewpoints. Talking to each other even when we are unsure of our thoughts, and sometimes feel stupid for having them, is good for us!”

Then my final rant began.

“The Christian church is mute!” I exclaimed. “We’ve been trained to sit quietly and have the professionals do the talking and singing and playing the music.” My brother cheered. He’s been frustrated for a while about his church experiences.

Finally, “two or three” is the recommended Dr. Jesus dosage for a gathering that he attends. So, how about it? With whom can you get some Jesus-talk-time started? And, when?

Remember, our visits are so important to the LORD that he records them. Plus, we “shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked…”

Giv’m Heaven!
John Parker
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