"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it
will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it
on a stand, so that those who come by may see
the light" (Luke 11.33).
Jesus wants us to be people of light. We should
live in his light, walk in his light. We are even
instructed to let the light of Jesus shine from
our lives. All of these ideas are one in the same.
Each is connected to this teaching of our Master.
The purpose of the light is to lead others out of
the darkness. Although God will, ultimately be
glorified in the good deeds of his servants, that
is not the primary reason for light. Light has been
appointed by God to combat the darkness.
You not only bring glory to God by your good
deeds (your light), but you are also a light to a
world that loves the darkness. Light is supposed
to shine in the darkness, even though the
darkness does not understand the light.
God has called you to be a light to someone in
darkness. Like someone sleeping resists the light
when turned on in the night, so will your light be
to those who love darkness, yet we are called into
this darkness to bring the light and expose the
deeds of the evil, with gentleness, in hopes that
God will lead them to repentance.
- Alex
Thoughts From Psalm 139
In this Psalm we find David expressing sincere awe
about what God has done in him and what God
knows about him. Many of us read these words and
sincerely believe that it would be a negative for God
to know us like David speaks of. However, it is
described in verse 6 as being too wonderful for David
to even imagine that God would see him and care for
him in the way that He does. Sometimes we need to
be reminded of God's interest in our lives.
In verses 11 & 12, David goes on to say that even in
his darkest of days, God has found him and has
made his darkest days as bright as the day. In our
worst moments, in our moments of fear, anger,
disappointment, and disgust, God is still actively
pursuing us to show us light. How can this not
encourage us?
Finally, in verses 23 & 24, David closes this time of
praise by asking God to search him fully and
examine his heart. Be challenged by these words to
intentionally ask God on this day to search your life
and root out anything that would be considered
grievous before Him. In doing so, you can come to
know God in a more real and intimate way.
Lessons For Today:
A.M. - "Free To Enjoy The Remission Of Sins" -
Ephesians 1:7
P.M. - "The Order Of The Towel" - John 13
For the time will come when people will not put up with
sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires,
they will gather around them a great number of
teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and
turn aside to myths (2 Tim 4.3-4).
We live in an age of tolerance that encourages every
person to be "of his own mind." By this, people mean
that a person's standard is his own judgment and
decision. It is a tickling of the ears, that Paul warns
against, that has developed in full force in our culture.
Jesus is concerned with his church. He is over it, as
the head (Eph 1; Col 1). Since he is head, it stands to
reason that when things are taught, that the church
should "be perfectly united in mind and thought"
(I Cor 1.10), and that unity comes because the church
is supposed to be striving to teach, and practice, the
same thing at every place (I Cor 4.17).
We are striving to find ourselves full up in the will of
God, corrected by scripture, grounded by the word,
encouraging others by our openness to hear what God
desires from us!
- Alex
From 2 Cor 3.7ff
What does truth do? The gospel has the power to
deliver truth to those seeking it. Here are a few
quick results of truth...
1. It generates hope (11). Prov 3.5-6 is based on
being able to trust truth. Truth is not a feeling. It
cannot be discovered in a culture or human
judgment. Take truth of the gospel to people and
you will help generate hope in their lives (2 Tim
2. It brings clarity (14). The veil of the OT is only
taken away in Christ. There is some way in which the
gospel reveals things to those seeking the truth.
God is able to open their eyes. Many are blind to
Jesus. Philip preached Jesus (Acts 8.35) bc Jesus is
3. It brings freedom (17). Only in Christ is a man
able to be free. Luke 4.18; John 8.32. Sharing truth
will make a person's slavery to sin so obvious, that it
will send the believer right into the path of
obedience to the One who died to set them free.
Share truth.
- Alex
In the midst of trying to bring the Israelites out of their sinful
lifestyle, Ezra is approached by a man named Shecaniah who
told him, “Rise up; this matter is in your hands, we will support
you, so take courage and do it.” (Ezra 10:4) In that same mindset,
I wanted to take a minute to explain my current position as the
Associate/Family/Education Minister. I am here to be a support
system for our deacons that are working with the youth, a
support system for our elders who desire to see our church (as a
whole) working together, a support system for our teachers, a
support system for our families, and a support system for our
minister. In the time that my family and I have been here, we
have been overwhelmed with your love and compassion for one
another and we want to help that continue to grow.
From this position, I am putting together some ideas that will
help draw us all into working together:
- The Trunk or Treat on October 29th
- A Church Leadership Conference hosted here on January 13th
- Family Devotionals (Dates To Be Announced)
- Whole Church Devotionals (Dates To Be Announced)
- Spring Seminar
- Family Rally
- Vacation Bible School (we will need volunteers of all ages)
- Other ideas that will be announced soon
My desire is to be an instrument for God in this community and
in this church. If there are things that I can help you with,
please do not hesitate to stop by, email, text, call, or stop me
after services. I do hope that this clarifies what we are hoping to
do as our family begins our time here with this community, if
you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
In Him,
Scott, Rachael, Cara Beth, and Tucker Wright