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July 2, 2019, 10:34 AM

Pastor's Letter for July 2019


The world is broken, full of trouble. In the face of the challenges of this dark broken world, we are encouraged work and work, try harder and harder to solve problems. If we work really hard and well we are promised that we can overcome the darkness and the brokenness.

  1. hard work sometimes creates flashes of the light hope. Why does it seem that the light we generate by our work is so short lived. light is soon overcome by the darkness again. You have as many ways that money can buy to dull the pain of the darkness, the loneliness. We buy electricity and lights so that we can see in the dark. Most if not all the things we buy are bought to fight darkness and loneliness some how. But your effort and no human effort can overcome the darkness for very long. temporary efforts only serve to demonstrate how deep powerful and resilient darkness really is. When we try to generate light ourselves we live in bondage to the darkness.
  1. is the pattern of life for all humanity…You, me, and everyone else struggles constantly to overcome the darkness, brokenness and pain of life but we can never over come it very long. There is only one power that overcomes darkness permanently and can eternally set us free.

 

Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

 

  1. overcame and overcomes darkness through the combined power of of father son and Holy Spirit. The father send the holy Spirit of love to hover over that is surround the darkness and then he spoke the truth of His word into it. The first result was light which made life possible. ’s light is eternal light makes eternal life possible. God’s light and life is not temporary, the darkness cannot overcome it.

 

John 1:5 and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it.

 

The light of love and truth shines in the darkness. When God’s light dawns connections happen, loneliness is overcome and life abounds. the pain of loneliness is overcome by the joy of relationship. Gods love and truth a vital building blocks of life giving relationships.

  1. practical lesson is that it takes the power of God’s love and truth to penetrate the loneliness. Relationship with Father, son and holy spirit creates light in the darkness and even makes dust live. In the garden of Eden there was light, life and healthy relationship between mankind and God, man and woman and even between mankind and the rest of creation. re was no shame and no loneliness. Love and truth characterized their relationship, there was no loneliness, no separation from one another and no separation from God. This is how life was meant to be, and is meant to be and will be in heaven.

The reality is that darkness and loneliness are still real. The darkness creates separation, it separates God from mankind and mankind from each other. The darkness and Loneliness enter the picture when people don’t trust God, they don’t love each other and don’t tell each other the truth.

In the garden it was true that the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was pleasing to the eye and all the rest. The problem was that outside of a love relationship with God the fruit was also deadly. The serpent invited Eve to believe that the fruit of creation was more beautiful than God, his love or his truth.

  1. received a death sentence when she allowed the fruit to separate her from God. Darkness overcame Adam and and dominated their lives. God cursed Adam with estrangement from the land, God cursed with estrangement from her husband and placed enmity between the serpent and mankind.

I may be hared to see how original sin connects to us. The reality is whenever the human heart turns way from the light of God darkness of isolation seems overcome the light. Every time you turn away from God and others it seems like the darkness wins. In reality the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.

  1. the Holy Spirit power came upon the disciples they shined the light of God’s love and truth and proclaimed the wonders of God to the Jews that killed him. In community empowered by the Holy Spirit, the darkness of loneliness and separation is replaced the the light of love and truth. The people are together again and they have no shame. They rejoice together, loved God with each other and are inspired by the truth of God’s word together. The life in the fellowship of the Spirit is wonderful. This is the way You were meant to live in the light of God’s love. The hard reality is that life like this is not possible in your own power. Life this good does not come from creation or anything in creation. Life this good only comes through fellowship with God by the power of the spirit of love and the word of truth.

 

Two hundred and forty three years ago this nation declared its independence from the king and the nation of Britain.

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

  1. founders of this country proclaimed that light of life, liberty and happiness comes from God, not from kings, money, technology or any created source. Apart from God, life in creation is dominated by darkness of sin and death.

The battle between light and darkness is waged first in your heart and mind. The Spirit of God’s love is in you, his word of truth is in you and all around you. There is another word at work in and around you too, the word of the world and all its ways. The world says you don’t need God, you can and should be able to be good enough on your own, alone.

  1. can you carry the weight all the world puts on you and do it alone? When you are young it seems as if you can carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, but to try is to try to find your way alone in the darkness. God loves you, He wants to carry the burdens of life with you and he wants you to carry the burdens of life with others as he leads. He will not leave you alone.

 

1Pet. 2:9 ….you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 

  1. you walk in his light, you will never be lonely again. No matter what happens in life we will exercise our right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness by turning to and walking with the creator in His wonderful light. Enjoy Your Independence!

 

Jon


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