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October - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:21 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 8:23 PM ]
"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path."  -- Psalm 119:105

We had more power outages in September than I remember in any other month!  It seemed like we were affected around Sunday school and worship times for three straight weekends.  It was an inconvenience for everyone participating in Bible class, worship and coffee hour!  Imagine, a Sunday morning without coffee – heaven forbid!

The worst weekend was when my cell phone had crashed a couple days earlier, and the power outage also wiped out our home internet service, cable television and telephone landline for a couple days.  Ron and I were literally in the dark and cut off from human contact for a couple days.  It was strange to be without power and all its services.  It was a lot like being without God's word and spiritually stumbling around in the darkness.

Let me share Luther's thoughts on this matter:
"God considers human reason, wisdom and morality, and even sunlight for that matter, to be dark and hazy compared to his Word.  God's Word is a flame that shines in the darkness.  Through teaching, preaching, and the sacraments, its glow spreads.  If we use this light, then God will no longer remain hidden from us.

When we're faced with disasters, when we're overwhelmed by darkness, when things seem so dark that we doubt that we are part of the church or pleasing to God, then we should learn to reach for the Bible.  We shouldn't let people who fall away from the faith distract us.  Instead, we should recognize that we live in 
a dark world.  The only reason we can see at all is that the light of God's Word shines brightly (2 Peter 1:19).

Jesus said, 'Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved' (Mark 16:16).  
The light of these words is shining in our hearts.  Even if the sun were shining brightly, it couldn't reveal this truth.  Human reason itself can't grasp it.  Wherever the Bible sheds its light, no real danger exists.  Without the Bible, 
we wouldn't know or understand anything."

As the autumn days get shorter and the threat of power outages looms, we can live in the true Light as long as we read and are shaped by God's Word!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori