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Let Your Light Shine

Luke 8:16

No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.

profileYesterday in worship we talked about bad news and good news in the Bible.  We talked about Ruth – Joseph – Jonah – and Peter.  Each of them had some tough spots in their lives.  Ruth was a young widow without hope – Joseph was beaten and thrown into a pit to die by his brother and later sold into slavery – Jonah ran from God – was thrown into the sea and swallowed by a large fish – and Peter was beaten – chained and left in prison with four legions of guards watching his every move.  Sounds like a lot of bad news to me.

In each case God gave them some good news.  Boaz became Ruth’s kinsman redeemer – a foretaste of Christ being our kinsman redeemer (and Boaz and Ruth became ancestors of Christ).  Joseph saved Israel from starvation during a famine after God blessed him to become high up in the government in Egypt.  Jonah was saved from the belly of the large fish (a REAL story by the way) – spit upon a beach – went to Nineveh – preached about God and the while city repented.  Peter walked out of the prison – led by an angel – past guards – through gates that opened for him.  Sounds like some good news to me. Continue reading

February 10, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

When God Calls – We Must Respond – Whatever God Asks!

Jonah 1:3a

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.

I know most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah.  Do you remember it?  In case you are not real familiar with it – here are a few basics of the story.  Jonah was called by God to a task he didn’t want to tackle.  He had a reason – and we’ll see that later – but is there ever a good reason to not do what God asks you to do?

Jonah’s reason was because he knew God was a God of forgiveness and he didn’t want people he didn’t like to be forgiven.  Wow – what a reason!  Let’s take a look at some of the story from the Bible.

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February 20, 2012 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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