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The Mar. 1, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine

Let’s face it. We run to noise. Often times, we do it without even thinking about it—it’s as if we are subconsciously conditioned to check our social news feeds (all the time…at a red light…while traveling at 75 MPH on I-65!), turn the television on as soon as we get home, and open our laptops as we lay in bed.

When do we hear from God?

He wants to be in conversation with us, but do we hear His voice amidst the noise? Psalm 46:10 (ESV) Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The King James Version says, “I will be exalted among the heathen,” as opposed to “nations” in more popular versions. Ouch—does this speak to you, like it speaks to me?

He is coming back to reign, and when He does every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Isaiah 43:25, Romans 14:11)—but I don’t want to be in that number. What am I missing from God, right now, by not shutting up or turning off the gadgets, for even just a few hours a day?

What is it that He is trying to tell me now, prepare me for, or teach me before He comes back and has to say, “This… You missed out on this earlier, Kevin.”

Before turning the pages of this edition of CCM Magazine—turn it off, unplug it, and be silent for a few moments. What does God have to say to us?

Hitting the power button…now,
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About The Author

Kevin Sparkman
Managing Editor

After both on-stage and front-office experience in the Christian recording industry, (including co-founding Exit 3 Entertainment, Inc. and General Manager of hip-hop label Beatmart Recordings), Sparkman returned to Salem in 2014 from a Dir. of Communications position in the United Methodist Church. He became the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine in January 2015.