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Let Your Light So Shine For Jesus

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

All of my life – growing up – I was told that my actions reflected on my earthly father and mother. My dad was the pastor of my home church and as I grew into my teens – people knew him and if I did something good or something not so good – it would reflect upon him (and mom).

I remember a time in my early twenties when my friends wanted to go downtown Annapolis – drinking. I went along with them (I didn’t and don’t drink). I remember wrestling with the idea of my witness to my friends (that I could have a good time without drinking) and the witness of someone seeing me coming out of a bar (I was raised in the old Methodist belief that drinking was something to be avoided – we called it abstinence). Continue reading

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We Are the Light of the World!

Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

RayBlogDarkness is fun at times – and at times it is not.  I remember growing up and living next door to a cemetery.  When friends came over or cousins visited – we would play hide and seek.  I would always hide in the cemetery – over in the darkest corners where the house light didn’t shine.  Whenever someone got close to where I was hiding – I would make sounds that would scare them away.  The darkness and the unknown would always win the day.  But darkness is not always something to be desired as we will see.

Darkness in today’s scripture represents the absence of Jesus.  Jesus is instructing His followers and He tells them that they are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  As believers – as disciples of Jesus – we are to allow His light to shine in us – through us – and in spite of us.  I remember – again as a child – traveling to my mother’s home town – Moorefield – WV.  As we would come over the mountains – with very little light other than our headlights – we would crest the last mountain top and down toward the valley we would see the lights of Moorefield – we knew we were there!  I remember when the chicken plant starting running all night and when they got their first fast food store – a McDonald’s.  As the town started to get more and more active over the years – the lights were stronger as we crested the mountain.

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