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Light In The Darkness: September 19, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  — 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

We are instructed to eat and drink the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper in “a worthy manner,” meaning that we are to be careful to recognize the body and blood of the One it represents.

Adam Clarke, the pastor/theologian who lived in the 19th century, said, “To eat and drink the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper unworthily is to eat and drink as the Corinthians did, who ate it not in reference to Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death; but rather in such a way as the Israelites did the Passover, which they celebrated in remembrance of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Likewise, these mongrel Christians at Corinth used it as a kind of historical commemoration of the death of Christ; and did not…discern the Lord’s body and blood as a sacrificial offering for sin…in their celebration…they acted in a way utterly unbecoming the gravity of a sacred ordinance.”

If I understand him correctly, he is saying that if we celebrate the Lord’s supper simply as a commemoration of the fact that we have been delivered from the fear and future of hell, we are doing so in an unworthy manner.

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Light In The Darkness: September 12, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Last week, at the close of my column, I referred to this passage in Philippians. Though I did so almost in passing, I did not mean to treat it lightly.

I am convinced that these two short verses contain one of the greatest promises God ever gave to us. It does not speak of great things already accomplished nor of wonderful things to come. Rather it is a promise that God has given to his people for their appropriation right now!

The Lord knows that one of the results of the great fall is that the world is a fearful place in which to live.

Depending upon the particular translation, the word fear appears as many as four hundred times in Scripture.

Fears great and small are the plague of all mankind and will be until the new heaven and earth is created without blemish; forever pure.

Men have different ways of dealing with their fears but none provide true peace.

The Lord, alone, is the source of peace that is beyond human comprehension; a peace that this world cannot know and which can be found nowhere in all of creation.

It is a peace that calms the heart and mind, instantly removing the anxiety accompanying the trial faced right now.

His peace does not depend upon the removal of that trial.

While the situation yet remains and the natural reason for that fear is still there, God grants a peace that has no explanation other than that He, in his wonderful graciousness, has placed it there.

It is a peace God gives when we simply obey and follow his direction. For the promise (the peace) comes with the stipulation that look to Him. He says that when we are anxious we are to, “pray about everything, telling God what we need…  thanking him for all he has done.”

This does not refer to some quick prayer we mutter while turning our attention back to the source of our anxiety.

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Light In The Darkness: September 6, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.” — 1 Samuel 30:6   David and his men had just returned from a mission. When they arrived home they found that in their absence the Amalekites had burned their town to the ground and carried away everything they possessed including all their women and children.

We can only imagine how heart-wrenching it must have been. However, the great lesson for us, and probably why the Lord included this story in scripture, is found in the contrast between the way David’s men reacted and the response of David, himself.

It says that David’s men, after they had, “wept until they could weep no more,” looked for someone to blame.

And they blamed David.

Their logic is not difficult to guess. “If David hadn’t taken us away to war, we would have been home to protect our families.”  This bitter spirit so quickly and completely permeated the entire assembly that they actually began discussing stoning David to death. Scripture hints how serious they were when it says that “David was now in great danger…”

In stark contrast, we read that David turned to the Lord and in so doing, “found strength in the Lord, his God.”

There is a lesson here for each of us when we face some significant trial in life.

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Light In The Darkness: August 29, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Our Father…” The opening words to the prayer Jesus told His disciples to pray.” – Matthew 6:9

I begin by saying a word about what we have come to know as “The Lord’s Prayer.”

It was customary for every public teacher among the Jews of Jesus’ day to compose a prayer that would also embody the doctrines that teacher considered most important. The teacher then gave that prayer to his disciples for their own use.

Some of those prayers were of considerable length and contained great detail. Often when this was the case, an outline was made from that prayer, so that one could memorize the main points upon which to base his personal, spontaneous petition to God.

Thus, the outline was not the prayer itself, but the template for prayer. The prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples is one of these. It is the outline form of the prayer Jesus gave His disciples.

We were never intended to pray only the outline but rather to pray consistent with that outline; to flesh it out as it were.

Now to my main point. What a surprise it was to the disciples when they heard Jesus tell them to pray, “Our Father.” Nothing in the scriptures to that point referred to God as one who had or desired such an intimate relationship with mankind as to be called “Father.”

The name “Father,” as applied to God in the Old Testament, nearly always referred to God as the father of the nation of Israel and never by someone referring to Him as “my Father.”

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Light In The Darkness: August 22, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“I will sing of Your power;  Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;  For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.” – Psalm 59:16-17

It is good to meditate upon the mercy of God — the mercy He extends to all who humbly acknowledge their need. For it is through His great mercy that we experience His gentle, loving touch.

The touch that heals the broken hearted and binds our wounds, whether self-inflicted or caused by others. It is a great mercy.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “There is nothing little in God; His mercy is like Himself — it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favors and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.”

Mercy is by definition, of course, totally unmerited. The sinner has no right whatever to the kindness of the Most High. It is death that is the wages of his sin. That is the only thing men have earned.

Mercy is that great and wonderful gift the Father bestows upon those who recognize the justice of those wages and mourn that they can of themselves do nothing about them. Mercy is a gift both rich and unfailing.

It is a mercy that will never leave us nor forsake us. It is a mercy that during times of temptation gives strength to stand firm.

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Light In The Darkness: August 15, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment.” 2 Peter 2:9

Last week my column was on the reality and joys of heaven. I would much rather write about heaven every week than to do so on the realities of hell and eternal punishment. However, in recent years the topic of hell has not only been  neglected but it would seem purposely avoided in far too many churches, and scripture says that both are very real places.

The time to learn that there is a heaven seek and a hell to shun is today, while there is yet hope.  Someone simply calling himself,  “The email Preacher” nailed this departure from the truth about hell when he wrote,  “If someone still believes in Hell, he is called old-fashioned, out of touch, out of step with reality, foolish and ignorant. Many appeal to rationality and reason, as they tell us that the concept of an eternal hell… is ludicrous and demeaning.

Others,  appealing to the nature of God, say that it flies in the face of everything God is to teach that He will consign some people to that awful place. Still others, turning to religion, tell us that man is capable of redeeming himself and therefore, every man is working out his own heaven and there will be hell for no one. That sounds good, but it is a lie!”

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Light In The Darkness: August 8, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away… (then) He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” — Revelation 21:1 and 5

The idea of Heaven is fascinating and not only to Christians. It’s actually one of the few universal human fascinations. Pretty much everybody thinks about heaven. Even if it’s your own made-up, private version of “heaven,” you think about it.

C.S. Lewis once described heaven as, “that remote music we’re born remembering.” He was referring to the fact that the whole human race seems to have a kind of deep memory of paradise lost, a faint but powerful awareness that there must be a better, different world than this one…a better world for which we were designed.

There has been a significant increase in the number of books about heaven in recent years.  Many of them center upon personal experiences the authors claim to have had and I do not doubt that some of them are real. It would be just like God to give us glimpses of heaven for our encouragement and hope.

But we should remember that wherever truth is, the enemy will be active also. The Holy Spirit will give us discernment if we ask and trust Him for it. Yet we know from Scripture that Heaven is a very real place. Heaven is as real as New York City and Chicago and Fulton.

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Light In The Darkness: July 18, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” – Hebrews 11:24

Was Moses simply a terrible ingrate? After all, it was none other than Pharaoh’s daughter who found and saved him.

It was she who protected him from her own father after he had ordered that all Hebrew baby boys be put to death. It was she who found a wet nurse to care for him and raised him as her very own, giving him all the best education and training the great Egyptian culture had to offer.

Furthermore, she did so openly and without reservation so that everyone in Egypt, including Pharaoh himself, knew that Moses was her son.

As the son of Pharaoh’s daughter in their matriarchal society, he was heir to the kingdom. She took Moses in and raised him and yet he refused to be known as her son. Why? It was not because Moses was ungrateful. It was because of the family identification. Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter precisely because she was Pharaoh’s daughter.

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