This little light of mine…
The theme of God being LIGHT shows up all throughout the Bible. In John 8:12, Jesus says He is the Light of the World. Here in Psalm 139, a passage more famous for other portions of this great chapter, we stumble again on this theme.
“Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face? If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too! If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting! Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me. It’s impossible to disappear from you or to ask the darkness to hide me, for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night. There is no such thing as darkness with you. The night, to you, is as bright as the day; there’s no difference between the two.” (Psalm 139:7-12 TPT)
Yes, God has also given us a light to shine, but we need to continually thank God for His consistent life-sustaining, direction-giving, hope-assuring light throughout our lives.
Sit for a bit
This picture was taken when Michelle and I were in the Holy Land this past Fall. This is her and a couple of friends sitting with their feet in the Sea of Galilee.
While reviewing some of the pictures from our trip, I stopped with this one. I couldn’t help but think about the friends we all surround ourselves with. Then, I thought of this:
Are we taking enough time to sit with those friends?
Friendship, deep friendship, takes time. We can’t be good friends with 1,000 people, but we can with a few…if we take the time required to deepen the relationship.
Take some time this week to sit with those friends who bring life to your soul…and you to theirs.
“It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another.” (Proverbs 27:17 TPT)
This weekend at Community, we’re starting a new series called: I AM. It’s another powerful opportunity for us to draw close to Him and listen.
“The God of gods, the mighty Lord himself, has spoken! He shouts out over all the people of the earth in every brilliant sunrise and every beautiful sunset, saying, ‘Listen to me!’” (Psalm 50:1 TPT)
John records Jesus boldly making 7 specific claims about Himself. Each start with the phrase, “I AM…”
As we dive into His claims, I want us all to go beyond treating God’s Word or Jesus’ statements as a science project that we will, together, dissect and study. I want us to use it as a time to grow our relationship with the One who sacrificed Himself for us. This isn’t a science experiment, it’s a relationship. So, let’s get close, and when He speaks…listen.
Hope to see you soon!
One dollar and 26 cents a day
You can make a difference that lasts for eternity by investing $38/month. That’s about $1.26 a day! That’s it!!
This weekend you can sign up to sponsor a child in Nairobi, Kenya where our church is engaged and has been working for 8 years now. Missions of Hope, International is the amazing Kenyan led ministry we have been partners with now for some time. Area 2 is the village we work with in the Mathare Valley slums.
Every child you sponsor gets 2 meals a day, their school uniform, basic medical help and an education. AND, they get introduced to Jesus and learn about Him day after day after day.
Michelle and I have been sponsoring Eagan for 8 years now, and then 2 years ago we added Lillian. We know that our financial investment is making an eternal impact in the lives of two very special children. What a great privilege!
We’ll have a table set up in the lobby this weekend at Community. You’ll be able to select your child/children and get started.
Who you got???
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)
HE is so good!
“I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! And I’ll bless your name into eternity. I’ll bless you every day, and keep it up from now to eternity. God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness. Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders. Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders.
Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness. The fame of your goodness spreads across the country; your righteousness is on everyone’s lips. God is all mercy and grace—not quick to anger, is rich in love.
God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace. Creation and creatures applaud you, God; your holy people bless you. They talk about the glories of your rule, they exclaim over your splendor, letting the world know of your power for good, the lavish splendor of your kingdom.” (Psalms 145:1-12 MSG)