A Call to Be Holy

God’s plan for His people was that they be a light to the world. He called them out to send them out. When God established the nation of Israel, He  said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis 12: 2-3 Our Lord Jesus echoed these words in His Sermon on the Mount: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a …

Livin’ in the Light

        Exodus 10: 21-23  “And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.  22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. (KJV)   GOD’S PEOPLE LIVE IN THE LIGHT.  Even when darkness covers the “land”, whatever that may be …

Reflecting the Light

Looking out of the window at the bay has been my favorite view early mornings in Florida. I love watching the morning activity of birds and fish as they do what they do. On one particular morning, I saw two white objects on the water near the large yacht by the dock. Thinking the objects were large white birds on the water, I grabbed my binoculars to get a better view. What I saw surprised me. Instead of birds, it was a bright light on the surface of the water. Was there a submarine under the water or perhaps a …

Darkness

  Darkness   Have you ever been totally in the dark…I mean in a room or outside when there was no light shining or no glow from the moon and the stars? The darkness so dark you could literally not see your hand in front of your face? Have you ever felt the blackness of the dark night enveloping you until you felt totally helpless and alone and maybe even afraid? The definition of darkness has several meanings. Commonly its definition simply means a partial or total absence of light. A second definition describes darkness as meaning: wickedness or evil-as …

Let There Be Light

      Let There Be Light   Genesis 1: 1-5 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the water.   God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day. God, our Creator, was in existence before time was clocked by night and day. He created …

Adam and Eve

      Adam and Eve   We all know the story of Adam and Eve. The perfect man and woman created by God and placed in the garden of paradise called Eden where God shared a very special relationship with the two. But even though they had lived in the light of the presence of God with the light of His Shekinah glory all around they were cast out of the garden because of their sin of disobedience. Pure and innocent from sin yet they did forsake it all by giving in to their desires. You see God had …

Cain and Abel

      Cain and Abel   Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel. Like all parents, they would have loved their sons with a great love and tried to raise them “right”. Most parents want their children to avoid making the same mistakes/sins in life that they had made. I imagine that these first parents wanted the same for their children. Since the only way to communicate with others was to talk with them (no smartphones or iPads) and tell them about the God that created them, many hours would have been spent talking and telling …

Noah

      Noah   Over the generations from Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, the human race became more and more wicked in the darkness of sin. They were so evil that God regretted creating them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and gave him instructions on building an ark. God would make a covenant with Noah and save him, his wife and sons and daughters-in-law along with two male and female animals of each kind. Genesis 6: 5-8 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and …

The Light of the World

      The Light of the World   Before the beginning of time when the earth was covered in darkness, God was there. Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit and was moving across the darkness. Before the creation of Adam and Eve, Cane and Abel, Noah, Abraham and the others that followed, God had a plan of salvation for His created humans. God gave a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of nations and through his lineage would come “the light of the world”, the Savior of Man, the Messiah to save us …

Let the Praises Ring

DAY SIX: We should start each day with praise.  We have no reason not to do so.  Matthew 10 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”  He protected us while we were sleeping; He gave us the breath in our lungs; and He awakened us in the morning.  Before our feet hit the floor, we should give Him praise.  He knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.  He knows …