Category Archives: Light in the Darkness

Take up your cross daily

by Pastor David Grey

“Jesus said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it’.” — Luke 9:23-25

Jesus said, “Take up your cross daily.” I wonder how many truly know it means? It is obviously important for Jesus said it is something we must do if we are to be counted among His followers.

We know it is a serious matter, for in Matthew 10 Jesus equates loving father or mother, son or daughter more than Him as a failure to take up our cross.

We know that many are confused about the meaning for it is not unusual to hear someone or something being referred to as one’s, “cross to bear.” But that is not what Jesus means.

Your aunt Tillie, your boss or poor health is not your cross to bear.

To understand what Jesus means, we must see what it meant for Him to take up His cross.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, prior to His crucifixion, Jesus cried out, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” That night Jesus faced a test like none he had faced before.

Something in his humanity desperately wanted to avoid the cross…not simply because it was humiliating and excruciatingly painful, but because

He knew the ramification of having the sins of the world laid upon Him who knew no sin.

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Light In The Darkness: November 28, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.” — James 5:14-16

Recently a very fit, active man in our church began to experience severe back pain. Though he sought medical help, nothing changed and the pain continued  for weeks.  He was getting very little sleep and his whole body was beginning to suffer and so he called for the elders of the church to pray over him. Sunday, Nov. 11, he came to the altar along with a half dozen elders. Among those elders was a man who had experienced much the same thing many years ago. I was a witness to both his painful condition at that time and to the healing the Lord provided when elders prayed for him. His back has remained healed since that time.

In the presence of the congregation, each elder anointed the man’s head with oil and prayed for healing. As we left the sanctuary, it was clear that he was not yet healed. However, during the next two days, many of the elders were greatly moved by the Holy Spirit to pray for this man. Such prayer was constantly being offered up. Two days after being anointed, all pain was gone. The man was completely healed and our faith was greatly encouraged.

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Light In The Darkness: November 21, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” — James 4:7-9

James issues this call to all believers, reminding us that as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven we must strive to be rid of all vestiges of our old life in the world.

We have been born into a family headed by a holy Father and are expected to grow into sons and daughters whose character is the same. It is the essential family trait we are to desire and actively seek. We are called to be holy for He is holy (1 Peter 1:16).  In order to do this, James says, we must first humble ourselves before God and then to resist the devil. How often instead do we find ourselves resisting Father, and yielding to the enemy?

Without this humbling of ourselves before God and personal effort to resist the temptations and snares of the enemy there can be no victorious life. But He has promised that if we will approach Him humbly, in the name of Jesus, by faith and prayer, we will find Him coming to meet us.

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Light In The Darkness: November 14, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“They have rejected me as their king” — 1 Samuel 8

In this passage, we read where Israel rejected the priestly judges God had appointed to rule over them, demanding instead, a king, “such as all the other nations have.” Samuel was greatly disturbed over this and took it to the Lord. The Lord, however, said to Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king…Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”

Samuel did so, but the people would not listen. Therefore, God’s judgment fell upon the wayward nation through the simple expedient of giving them exactly what they demanded. Saul, who was very attractive to them and for whom they clamored, was appointed king. Their chastisement would come through the man they both wanted and deserved. I see a strong parallel in our nation today. God, through the wisdom and faithful obedience of our Founding Fathers, gave us a form of government that recognized both the frailties of man and the immutable laws of God.

Our founding documents, governing structures and statutes were steeped in the principles and precepts of the Word of God and for nearly two centuries our nation operated under their rule.

In recent decades, however, an increasing number of Americans, including our national leaders, began to reject those laws and structures. In reality, they have rejected God and His right to rule over us through the government He gave. Perhaps the culminating act of rebellion has been the tendency in recent years by those who vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” to govern and pass judgments with total disregard for that Constitution.

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Light In The Darkness: October 24, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The upcoming election could truly be the most momentous in our history. There is no question that we are at a critical point in American history and as caring Americans we ought to be concerned. At the same time, all the kingdoms of this world, good and bad, are passing. The only kingdom that will matter for all eternity is the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the only kingdom we are to pray will come in fullness.

Yet, many who call themselves Christians are confused regarding their citizenship. The most recent “Ekklesia Digest E-Newsletter” opened with the heading “Kingdom Confusion?” and went on to ask, “How do you see the progress of God’s Kingdom in America’s near future? In light of the nation drawing nearer to a fiscal cliff, the appearing of war clouds on the horizon abroad, and the teetering toward cultural acceptance of immoral lifestyles, which trajectory would you say God’s righteous rule is moving? Is its light drawing back into inconspicuous shadows or do we detect the rays of dawn on the horizon?”

There followed a series of articles, each of which was written to remind us that the Kingdom of God and its advancement on earth does not depend upon the success or failure of any of the worlds’ kingdoms, even ours. In fact, the Kingdom of God is often advanced most during times of great difficulty and hardship within those nations.

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Light In The Darkness: October 10, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” – 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

As many of you know, the Alliance Defending Freedom declared Oct. 7 as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday.” They urged pastors to use their pulpits on that day to either promote or denigrate specific political candidates, political parties and/or policies. Such preaching would be in direct violation of the IRS ruling  prohibiting non-profit organizations (including churches) who elect 501(c)(3) status) from such involvement.  Their purpose was to provoke the IRS to action so that the matter may be tested in court.

I cannot agree with them. I have been called to preach the Word of the Living God and have no business addressing politics from the pulpit in any case. The fact is that I am already absolutely free to preach everything the scriptures present…without restriction. Someone in power may object to some aspect of the truth and throw me in jail, but that does not limit my freedom to preach! That is God-given.

It is my personal opinion that if the IRS does take up this gauntlet thrown down by pastors, the results will be far different from what is desired and perhaps even disastrous to the church as a whole. We have no legitimate reason to believe that a majority on the Supreme Court care at all for what the Constitution says…an important requirement if they are to overrule the IRS in the first place.

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