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When Edmund Gravely died at the controls of his small plane while on the way to Statesboro, Georgia, from the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport in North Carolina, his wife, Janice, kept the plane aloft for two hours.
As the plane crossed the South Carolina/North Carolina border, she radioed for help: “Help, help, won’t someone help me?
My pilot is unconscious.”
Authorities who picked up her distress signal were not able to reach her by radio during the flight because she kept changing channels.
Eventually Mrs. Gravely made a rough landing and had to crawl for forty-five minutes to a farmhouse for help.
How often God’s people cry out to him for help but switch channels before his message comes through!
They turn to other sources for help, looking for human guidance.
When you cry out to God for his intervention, don’t switch channels!
Illustration: The New York Times wrote an article on Jan 11, 1982 about Edmund Gravely.
A prominent business man from Rocky Mount, N.C. was flying his plane from Statesboro, Georgia, to the the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport in North Carolina, with his wife, Janice.
He had a flight plan, but he must have known something was wrong, because he turned the plane around and headed for home before he passed out, said, a Civil Air Patrol officer, Jim Carr.
While flying he died in the cockpit.
Janice kept the plane aloft for two hours.
As the plane crossed the South Carolina/North Carolina border, she radioed for help: “Help, help, won’t someone help me?
My pilot is unconscious.”
Eventually Mrs. Gravely, 60 years old and not a certified pilot made a rough landing and had to crawl for forty-five minutes to a farmhouse for help.
She incurred a broken pelvis.
When the authorities arrived, they said, “Ma’am, we picked up your distress signal, we heard you crying out for help.
but weren’t able to reach you because you kept changing channels.
How often God’s people cry out to him for help.
In times of confusion we cry out for clarity.
In times of needing answers, we cry out for instruction.
In times of loneliness we cry out for companionship.
In times of need, we cry out for love to Him.
But switch channels before his message comes through!
This is where I’m going today!
Today’s Teaching is, “Don’t Change The Channel!”
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
(1): a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes
(2) plural: a fixed or official course of communication 〈went through established military channels with his grievances〉
1chan•nel \ˈcha-nəl\ noun
e: a way, course, or direction of thought or action 〈new channels of exploration〉
f: a band of frequencies of sufficient
[Middle English chanel, from Anglo-French, from Latin canalis channel—more at CANAL] 14th century
d: a means of communication or expression: as
(1): a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes
(2) plural: a fixed or official course of communication 〈went through established military channels with his grievances〉
e: a way, course, or direction of thought or action 〈new channels of exploration〉
f: a band of frequencies of sufficient
1 a: the bed where a natural stream of water runs
b: the deeper part of a river, harbor, or strait
c: a strait or narrow sea between two close landmasses
The scriptural definition of a channel is.... PRAYER!
It is the official course of communication!
It’s the path along which information passes!
d: a means of communication or expression: as
(1): a path along which information (as data or music) in the form of an electrical signal passes
(2) plural: a fixed or official course of communication 〈went through established military channels with his grievances〉
The scriptural definition of a channel is.... PRAYER!
It is the official course of communication!
It’s the path along which informationpasses!
e: a way, course, or direction of thought or action 〈new channels of exploration〉
f: a band of frequencies of sufficient width for a single radio or television communication
If you were to translate this into an equivalent theological concept, it would mean to keep communication with God!
We communicate by praying to Him.
Don’t change the channel means to stay locked into communicating with God.
Be persistent in prayer and wait for his response!
Merriam-Webster, I. (2003).
Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary.
(Eleventh ed.).
Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
We are quick to turn to other sources for help, looking for guidance.
We’re to quick to shift to other voices, spiritual gurus, new age philosophers, and strange convoluted doctrines.
If you are a Christian we have no business consulting any other medium without first praying to God about it!
When you cry out to God for his intervention, be persistent, don’t switch channels!
We are quick to turn to other sources for help, looking for guidance.
We’re to quick to shift to other voices, spiritual gurus, new age philosophers, and strange convoluted doctrines.
If you are a Christian we have no business consulting any other medium without first praying to God about it!
When you cry out to God for his intervention, be persistent, don’t switch channels!
We are quick to turn to other sources for help, looking for guidance.
We’re to quick to shift to other voices, spiritual gurus, new age philosophers, and strange convoluted doctrines.
If you are a Christian we have no business consulting any other medium without first praying to God about it!
When you cry out to God for his intervention, be persistent, don’t switch channels!
If you were to translate this into an equivalent theological concept, it would mean to keep communication with God!
We communicate by praying to Him.
Don’t change the channel means to stay locked into communicating with God.
Be persistent in prayer and wait for his response!
The purpose of this teaching is to prepare your hearts for the 1 hour Sunday services in the month of July from 9a-10a, where the focus is on prayer.
PP- “Don’t Change The Channel, Stay on The Prayerline”(Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) Retweet this Friday and Saturday for me.
The purpose of today’s teaching is to prepare your hearts for the month of July’s prayer services each sunday morning.
Sunday service will be 1 hour from 9-10a.
The purpose of today’s teaching is to prepare your hearts for the month of July’s prayer services each sunday morning.
Sunday service will be 1 hour from 9-10a.
The Theme for all next month is… “Don’t Change The Channel”
Jesus teaches the power of locking into the channel of prayer!
Prayer is a channel, an avenue.
It’s a pathway to help, victory, power, strength, authority, comfort and hope.
The purpose of today’s teaching is to prepare your hearts for the month of July’s prayer services each sunday morning.
Sunday service will be 1 hour from 9-10a.
Jesus teaches the power of locking into the channel of prayer!
Prayer is a channel, an avenue, a pathway to help, victory, power, strength, authority, comfort and hope.
Our job is to be persistent!
What God does in answer to prayer in one case does not bind Him to do the same in some other instance.
He has liberty to answer in the way His wisdom and will incline Him.
He has unerring perception and sees all the factors in any case, whereas we do not.
He may give good health to one person, and entrust another such as Job with a great trial of ill health to accomplish some good purpose.
He may work safety to keep one person alive, but take another into the life after death (cf.
John the Baptist, ; James taken in death yet Peter spared, ).
He may permit a special trial as he did for Paul with his “thorn” to teach :”My grace is sufficient for you” (), or allow another believer an easier life.
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