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Light In The Darkness: July 11, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” — Joshua 24:15

One of the most important things you will do in life is to learn which things you can control and which things you cannot and then to consistently choose to address those that you can from the perspective of the Lord’s precepts.  Life is made up of choices, in fact, that’s what life is — a constant series of choices we make that lead us in one direction or another and those choices in turn, mold us. Choosing the right things will always mean saying “no” to  something else.

This is true in the physical world around us and it is true in the spiritual realm. Every day we choose for ourselves whom we will serve…light or darkness, sin or righteousness, life or death, heaven or hell. We are constantly choosing between the two.

Ray Pritchard, president of Keep Believing Ministries, says, “The life of faith is a journey with God that begins the moment we trust Christ. It is  about learning to give up control of those things we never really controlled in the first place.”

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Light In The Darkness: July 5, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm! God reigns above the nations, sitting on his holy throne.” — Psalm 47:6-8

In anticipation of our Independence Day celebration in 2012, I found myself wondering what hymns and songs were popular or at least in their infancy in 1776.

What did our Christian forefathers who forged ‘one nation under God’ sing in church? We know that many were believers and that their faith in the God of Scriptures greatly influenced their thoughts and decisions as well as the laws they passed which closely follow the precepts of scripture. They attended church and not a few were pastors. Here is what I found.

One of the popular hymns of the day in the American colonies (especially within the Methodist movement) was Charles Wesley’s hymn, “And Can it Be.”

Mr. Wesley wrote the words to this powerful hymn in 1738. He sang it with his brother John  shortly after John’s “Aldersgate experience.” It was first published in 1738 subtitled,  “Free Grace.”

It was widely sung in churches at the time of the Revolution as it still is today. Each line expresses the awe the believer feels at the realization that God would choose to love us. “Died He for me? Who caused His pain. For me? Who Him to death pursued?”  How can it be?

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Light In The Darkness: June 27, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.” — Jude 1-2

Jude’s letter was written not to a particular church or group but to all believers everywhere. It was written to everyone who is in Christ today.

If you know that you are in Christ and He is in you, then this letter is written to you and Jude’s salutation ought to lift your spirits and cause you to rejoice.

Just think what it means to be loved by God the Father! Can the love of any other even begin to compare to being loved by the one who is perfect love?

To be loved by the one who had every legitimate and holy reason to turn His back upon us and leave us to the eternal consequences of our fallen natures.

It is one thing for us to say that we love God. Surely that is a proper response to all He has made possible for us in Christ, but to realize that we love Him because He first loved us is to acknowledge a truth that is nearly beyond comprehension.

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Light In The Darkness: June 13, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel  without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” — Philippians 1:27-28a

The admonition to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ is always timely for followers of Jesus.

Adam Clarke, a British Methodist pastor and scholar who lived from 1762–1832, wrote a Bible commentary that has served the church well for nearly two centuries. He understood  nuance and the cultural meaning of phrases used by the New Testament writers. He knew how the original readers understood certain words and phrases which we do not. He brings out a meaning in this passage that should lift our spirits on wings of joy. It also serves as an important reminder as we struggle to understand our dual citizenship as Americans and as Citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Pastor Clarke writes, “The apostle considers the Church at Philippi as a free or imperial city, possessing great honors, dignities, and privileges in the Kingdom of Heaven and he exhorts the believers there to act, worthy of those honors and privileges they possess as free inhabitants of Christ’s imperial city, the Church.”

Thus, a lifestyle worthy of the gospel of Christ is one worthy of a child of the King.

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Light In The Darkness: June 6, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” – Matthew 6:2-4

One of the last things Jesus said before leaving for Heaven was that we were to “make disciples of the whole world, teaching them to obey everything He taught.” (Matt. 28:18-20).

This is His charge to the entire church…to both think and do the way He instructs us. And one thing is certain, the way that Jesus thinks about things and instructs us to do them is very different from the way the world thinks and does.  Often our biggest challenge in the church is to recognize, expose and then to stand against ever encroaching philosophies of the world. In so doing, we, “contend as one man for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1).

One of the areas we have allowed worldly thinking in the church relates to memorials. It is common practice in churches to have various items given to the church by “so and so” or “by such and such a family” in memory of a loved one.

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