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This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” vs. 5 1 John 1:1-7 Some of those who have experienced what are sometimes called “near death experiences” report having had a sense of being drawn to a light, and that it gave them a great feeling of peace. Skeptics, upon hearing those stories, dismiss them quickly, saying that this is just what happens…

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And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” vs. 19 John 3:18-21 We don’t like to talk about judgment, and some have pretty much eliminated the word from their religious vocabulary. They prefer to believe that since God is good and abounding in steadfast love, there’s no room for judgment. That would be news to the gospel writer! From his perspective there was…

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Matthew 2:1-12 “When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” vs.10 All around the world star-gazers were out in force on the night of December 21 to observe the “Great Conjunction,” which some were calling the Christmas Star. The planets Jupiter and Saturn had come close together, as close as they’d been in 400 years. Some Christians were saying that this was what the Wise Men had seen as they searched for the infant Jesus…

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Genesis 1:1-5 “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” vs. 3 According to the ancient Hebrews, all creation was spoken into existence by God in the beginning, and the first of those words was, “Lights!” And it makes sense! Any movie director knows that nothing can happen on the set until proper lighting is in place, hence the phrase, “Lights, camera, action!” What’s interesting though, is that this light had nothing to do with the sun.…

Daily Devotions: March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020                                                                                              Ephesians 5:11-14 … “For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light.” vss. 12-14a Darkness can be a comfortable place to live. Folks can do what they please, not worry about who they hurt, and shamelessly gratify every passion and desire, while living totally for themselves. But the moment light shines in that darkness, everything is up for grabs.…

Daily Devotions: March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020                                                                                     Ephesians 5:8-10 … “For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.” vss. 8-9 The writer of Ephesians knew that it was possible for people to lead good, decent lives, and always tell the truth. It was simply a matter of behaving as we are! As Jesus once put it, “You…

Daily Devotions: February 8, 2020

February 8, 2020                        For full passage click:  Matthew 5:13-16 … “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” vs. 16 In many baptismal rituals, the first words that the baptized hears after the laying on of hands are these: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” In…

Daily Devotions: January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020 For full passage click:  Psalm 27:1, 4-5  …  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” vs. 1 The Psalmist was feeling it! He wasn’t putting his trust in any king or president, he was trusting the Lord alone! In the Lord there was light and salvation, in the Lord there was security and hope! He was talking about…

Daily Devotions: January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020 For full passage click:  Isaiah 9:1-4  …  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” vs. 2 Light and darkness are familiar metaphors in Scripture! In this instance, Isaiah is using them to describe the hope that has filled the hearts of the people of Judah with the coronation of a new king. Darkness, in the form of the Assyrian…

Daily Devotions: May 25, 2019

May 25, 2019 For full passage click: John 14:22-24 …“Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’” vs. 23        Those who work with the public in any capacity have often noted that people can be, and often are, downright nasty and mean. They say and do hurtful things and seem to have no regard for the feelings of those…

Daily Devotions: April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019 For full passage click: Isaiah 42:1-9 …“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it.” vs. 5 The prophet knew that the Creator of the Universe had given spirit to every breathing person on the planet. That spirit is our God-connection and is humanity’s common inheritance. It…

Daily Devotions: January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019                                                                                                                         For full passage click: Isaiah 60:1-6 …“Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” vs. 1 Epiphany is the season of light, a time to celebrate the dawning of the good news in a world of darkness. It’s a time to rededicate ourselves to our calling as children of light and focus on the many ways we can let that light shine before others. Way back in the time of the…