2nd January 2019

Are You Dull of Hearing?

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed…”
Matthew 13:15 (NKJV)

Have you heard the story about the American lady pulled over for speeding? The officer asked her if she knew what speed she was doing. Unfortunately she was hard of hearing and asked her husband, ‘What did he say?’ He replied, ‘You were speeding.’ The officer asked to see her licence and she again asked her husband, ‘What did he say?’ He answered, ‘Show him your licence.’ The officer perused her license and mused, ‘Ah, you’re from Wyoming. Worse date I ever had was in Wyoming—dreadful girl.’ The lady asked her husband once more, ‘What did he say?’ To which her husband quipped, ‘He says he knows you!’

Are we hard of hearing spiritually? Jesus spoke about the hearts of people growing dull and their ears hard of hearing in Matthew 13:15 above. We can help to prevent this by studying the Word of God daily. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Day by Day is an endeavour to bring something from the Bible to enrich each day. Day by Day began with a post on 31 December 2008, so as of 1 January 2019 there have been 3651 posts in those ten years! This represents over 160 authors or contributors from Grace Communion International, UK. Because of the variety of authors, there are a wide variety of styles and topics that reach a variety of readers in different ways. One may not appeal to you but will resonate with someone else.

Our readership on-line has grown gradually over the ten years from 14,142 in 2009 to around 33,000 in 2018. The average to visit the website per day in 2009 was 69 and in 2018 it was 93. We have no way of knowing whether our readers are young or old, male or female. As far as I can see there are no days that get significantly more ‘hits’ in the week, nor are there months of the year that receive more traffic, however, the holiday months of June & July are often slightly down. Many readers receive their ‘Day by Day’ into their email inbox and Day by Day is emailed each day to 445 people in at least 21 different countries around the world from UK to Australia! We also know that in some areas it is used as a resource for group studies, sermons and presentations, etc. It is our hope that God will use Day by Day to be inspirational, instructional and beneficial to all our readers, and a Christian resource to anyone of any denomination, faith or non-believers.

Father in Heaven, may these studies be a blessing to all who find them through your Holy Spirit’s working.

Study by Nancy Silcox

About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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