Posts Tagged ‘light’

Choose the Light

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Message by Pastor Gilbert Nigh

Text: 1 John 1:5-7

One of the things that happens in our lives, in our walk with God, is that we have some choices to make. Sometimes we make good ones, sometimes not so good ones, and sometimes we choose poorly. Sometimes we have small choices and sometimes we have big choices to make in life. Even if we think about our daily walk with God, we have choices to make. In our day to day life we have choices to make. We choose when we came here this morning when we are getting ready, we chose what we were going to wear. For some of us, that’s a fairly small choice. For others, that seems like a bigger one.

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Why We Need Jesus as Our Light

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

Jesus comes as the light of the world, not just to be the external light, but to be that inner light in each of us. The light that does get snuffed out.

Text: John 1:1-5, 8:12

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Tuned In

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13,14,16

Because Vance is an African-American living in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood, he stands out. But what really sets Vance apart is that he is a servant-hearted father who cares not only for his own kids, but also for the many other kids who play in the streets by his building.

One night at 9 p.m., there was a knock at Vance’s door. The 16-year-old boy who lives a few doors down needed help tying his tie. He had a big presentation at school the next day, and he had no father to help him get ready. After Vance had finished tying the tie, the boy sheepishly asked, “Do you have a pair of black dress shoes I could borrow?” Immediately, the Spirit brought to Vance’s mind the $60 pair of shoes in his closet that he hadn’t even taken out of the box yet. He was certain God was telling him to give the boy those shoes.

Vance cringed inside. He told the boy to wait at the door as he headed into the apartment to look for any pair of shoes but the expensive pair. Before he went to the closet, though, he told his wife what he sensed the Spirit was saying to him. She agreed that it sounded like God had given him a great idea. So Vance got out his new shoes and brought them to the boy. His last hope was that they wouldn’t fit. After all, how many 16-year-olds have size-12 feet? They fit perfectly.

Just a few weeks after Vance gave away his new shoes, he and his wife sensed God telling them to start a Bible study for the kids in their building. After much prayer, they decided to invite the kids to their apartment for a Sunday evening study. They ordered four Bibles in case any kids came. That Sunday, seven kids showed up at Vance’s apartment—led by the 16-year-old owner of a new pair of shoes. The following week they ordered more Bibles, and 14 kids showed up!

Who would have thought the kingdom of God would come to the kids of that apartment complex just because one man chose to give away a new pair of shoes?

Because he was tuned in to the prompting of God’s Spirit, Vance was able to be salt and light. It cost him something, but it didn’t matter in the long run, because he was obedient and God used that servant act to open the door for others to hear about Christ and the gift of new life he wants to give to all people. Are you “tuned in”? Are you close enough to God through prayer, Bible Study, and obedience to sense God’s prompting when it comes?

The Face of God

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it….In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” Psalm 24:1; 25:1

There is a story about a little girl, perhaps not more than ten or eleven years old, who was standing in a soup kitchen line in a poverty-stricken section of a large city. She was the last one in the long line. Many people had shown up that day, quite a few more than usual. The volunteers preparing and serving the food that day realized that the food was starting to run short. The servers were concerned.

The little girl did not seem to notice. Her attention was focused on three small children who were across the street, sitting and waiting for her in the shade under a big oak tree. The little girl continued to wait patiently in line that day, but when she finally made it to the servers, the only thing left was one banana. Without complaint, she took the single banana joyfully. With a smile and a nod, she thanked the volunteer servers, and then she walked back across the street to join the three smaller children.

Were they her siblings? Were they her friends? We don’t know, but what we do know is what the little girl did. Carefully, she peeled the banana. She broke it into three equal pieces, and she gave each of the other children one-third of the banana. Then, she sat down on the curb and licked the inside of the banana peel. A bystander who happened to witness that little girl’s act of sacrificial love said later: “When I saw what that little girl did that day, I saw the face of God.”

This touching story of the little girl who gave all of the banana should remind us of the generous widow in today’s Bible passage from Mark 12, who, in an act of trust and commitment and love, gave her all to God. Jesus saw what she did, and he was impressed by her strong faith and praised her and held her up as an example. Those three ingredients – trust (in the faithfulness of God), commitment (to follow the caring, compassionate example of Jesus) and love (the agape, self-giving love of God which the Holy Spirit wants to pour into our hearts) makes it possible to give and to give sacrificially. When our lives are gripped by fear and insecurity and lack of faith, we can shut our eyes and hands to the needs of those around us. Hear the words of 1 John 3:16-18: This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another. If any one of you has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in you? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. And when we love like that, people will see “the face of God.”