Do you see the trajectory here? 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. ALL MEANS ALL. Did the angels cry out: Isaiah 6:3 “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts If God has saved you, you are called to be like Him. So they said again to the blind man, ‘What do you say about him? We used to walk according to the Devil. Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness, As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. A Light in the Darkness – or the Epiphany Christmas Cave Baabara the sheep and Hamlet the pig have built a cozy blanket cave under the Christmas tree. Sermon St Mary's Comberton, 20th May 2007 Acts 16:16-34 Light in the midst of darkness <> OPENING ILLUSTRATION Garden light: solar powered. The concept of “pants” was not yet developed. Last week we were told what we as Christians are meant to be. But now that you say, “We see”, your sin remains. Jesus gave everything for us, and we are called to give everything to Him. Romans Read more about 4-19-20 – Finding Light in the Midst of Darkness, Part 3 […] Posted in Sermons Tagged Finding Light in the Midst of Darkness Leave a comment. On the surface most of us, I think, would probably think that the Pharisees, who knew their Bibles backward and forward, who lived devout lives of prayer, fasting, and charity, who were the religious teachers of the people would be the ones in the light. If we but seek, we will find the inextinguishable presence of Christ shining brightly, beaming with hope, glowing with joy, blazing in peace, burning with love. >> He said, ‘Lord, I believe.’ And he worshipped him. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’ Some were saying, ‘It is he.’ Others were saying, ‘No, but it is someone like him.’ He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’ They said to him, ‘Where is he?’ He said, ‘I do not know.’, They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Posted on April 30, 2020 by ShilohAdmin. C.H. the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; … gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Light loves. Amen.”. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? We life gets tough we go on auto-pilot. I ask her. Doubt if it will change many preacher’s minds. This changes our behavior. They just can’t accept that something wonderful has happened and that Jesus might have done it! The Pharisees, who practiced their religion devoutly and were considered the guardians of the true faith fail to see in the end that they are actually in spiritual darkness. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. We could go on with other examples but we see from this one that Jesus is God’s light. God promises that our light shines the greatest in the midst of gross darkness. SERMON: Lent IV Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness. In the end, the Pharisees walk away without any answers, more strongly opposed to Jesus than they had been before this incident. Light does for others. ‘Latin Americans are very superstitious’, she replied. We are to “walk in love” (Ephesians 5:2) LIGHT IN THE MIDST OF DARKNESS. He who has called you, who has caused you to be born again is holy – separate from this world – so you should be holy. When a newborn baby is brought into this Church it’s members gather around that precious bundle of joy and coo over it. This never occurred to me before and I’ll have to see if it holds true generally in other places. . When a newborn baby is brought into this Church it’s members gather around that precious bundle of joy and coo over it. In the chapter before our Gospel text this morning, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” and he encouraged people to follow him by walking in the light. Light looks upward to light, the Father of Lights. Focus on the Jesus Christ our Leader, our Savior, our Lord! Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. We must be led of His Spirit. We used to walk according to the flesh and this world. My understanding of what this is about is captured in a post about worship as a meal gathering: Today’s passage follows up on that statement with an example. If you would like to join, email Chaplain Mike, and you'll receive an invitation. Jesus is not a Visitor to our hoes, but He is at home in every aspect of our lives. When I used to fast twice a week way back when, someone would always show up with some chocolate cake or some such. We are to live to honor our Lord. Revelation 4:8 (KJV) “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty The pastor invited the members of the congregation to sit down if they needed, given the length of the text. But what did John hear? 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 1 Peter 1:13 gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; We who are God’s Children should be looking for Jesus every single day. 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. Our business is to uphold His Word – though all the world reject us, we will stand with Him. We are taught that the light overcomes the darkness: the light of the world has won. No Comments. Following up on last week, I have maintained a food fast again today until sunset, not to gain brownie points in the Book of Life, tho an article in the Babylon Bee holds that Closeness To God Linked To Constantly Telling Friends What You Gave Up For Lent. Catch you on the flip side.” (After almost an hour . We who are God’s Children by the sacrifice of Christ’s Blood are to seek to be HOLY. Anybody can see that.’. . Christian News, Devotional, Leadership, Church, Evangelism, Conference, Worship, Pastors , Bible, Gospel Music,Gospel,Salvation, GoodNews, Disciples, Cross,Winning, Love, Mercy,Bible Study,New Testament, Church,Matthew,Mark, Luke, John,Heart, Soul, Body,Mind,Spirit,Church History, Books, Pastorso, Evangelists. It’s a poor man who was born blind, who lived for years as a beggar, who wasn’t very eloquent, who wasn’t theologically astute, and who lived on the margins of religious society. But as John tells us, when Jesus was in the world many of his own people who were living in darkness did not accept him. The word “WHEREFORE” is the Greek DIO (DEE-O) which means “For this cause”. Today, in the midst of that inner-darkness we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. Whenever religious folks take the position that they are the experts and guardians of the truth, and that everyone else should listen to them and bow down to their interpretations, that’s darkness. In the midst of our dark and bewildered times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into ... e-sermons illustrations page, and as major help in developing and illustrating this sermon. We need to think as God thinks, and do as God says. As I am typing this there is a knock on the Church door. Teachers, Apostles, Healing, Leadership, Grace, Salvation, Faith,Lifestyle and Entertainment, An Initiation To Motivate, Ignite, Build and Transform Lives, a voice crying in the wilderness ….."Hear The Word Of The Lord". 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Prison in Philippi. What God has presented to us in His Bible is the Truth. 16 January 2020. thy word is truth. which was, and is, and is to come. Open the door of a closet and it is light that goes in, not dark that comes out. Come work your ministry at Riverview! Light does not boast of itself, but boasts of God. The Scripture passage for the sermon is Acts 25:13-26:32. Now God is all these things. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. Light and darkness. To make this as safe and user-friendly as possible, we have made the iMonk Community an invitation only group. This is another instance of Jesus identifying himself to someone as Messiah, but in this case more circumspectly because he is now in territory where using the word “Messiah” can have dire results for both speaker and hearer. “LIVING AS LIGHTS IN A DARK WORLD” by Dr. D. W. Ekstrand. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (16) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. There was one thing he came to know however — once he was blind, now he could see. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.