I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
Good afternoon! Happy Sunday! I’m exhausted after preparing for and hosting a garage sale this past week. Stay tuned for my “Garage Sale Musings” as I had no idea how much I would learn (or observe) from hosting a simple garage sale (note: I will attempt to be funny – so just cut me some slack as that may not come naturally!)
Today I wanted to give you some simple scripture and another favorite song to get a new week started. Praise for our very own Pastor David, who became a Grandfather (for the first time) to a precious baby girl this week! So standing in for him at New Church this AM was Ike Thurston, our Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, which was very exciting as it was his first time preaching – way to go Ike! Always a good sermon for me that starts with a dog story, although his was not a “happy” one, but prayers to his pooch Scout for a quick recovery from her run in with a copperhead (eke!).
And before I get into that – this is a little jewel for Ms. Pam, our Children’s director, who reminds us that our faith should be like that of a little child. Here is my precious LL with the song she preached about to the children this AM:
Ike preached about the “Power of Perception” and being a light among the darkness. As we know, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the LIGHT (John 14:6). And we are all His “ambassadors” (see 2 Corinthians verse at bottom) to be lights in this world especially to non-believers. I don’t think a lot of “Christians” think about how their actions impact non-believers and how many people it keeps away from the church or leaves a bad taste in their mouth of Christ followers. Ike used a great example of the harshest slave owners being the most devout Christians. Simple enough premise – yet poorly executed by many – practice what you preach/believe. Be a light for Christ in whatever situation you are in.
This week may you be a “Candle in the Darkness” and “mirror that reflects Your endless love”. God bless and Amen!
Today’s Scripture Reading:
Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own. Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
2 Corinthians 5:14-20 (The Message)