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Let Your Light So Shine... by Kristin Wallace
Kristin Wallace

This week I was reminded of the creation story from Genesis chapter 1; God’s creation of the sun and the moon. The sun is called “the greater light to rule the day.” I always enjoy watching a sunrise or a sunset. Long before the sun appears and after it is gone, you see its glow in the sky. No matter how bright the light, it scatters the darkness everywhere. Even on an overcast day, the sun is always there shining above the clouds.

The moon is called “the lesser light to rule the night.” The moon actually has no real light of its own. It only reflects the sun’s light from the other side of the earth. Some nights the reflection is a full moon, and other nights it is a quarter or a tiny sliver of light in the sky. On occasion, the earth’s shadow eclipses the moon and the moon’s reflection is darkened.

Jesus can be likened to the sun. He is the light, pure and true. There is no darkness in him and he is always there shining bright. We are similar to the moon. We have no real light of our own, just what can be reflected of Jesus. Some days we are bright and shiny. Other days we have less of a glow. Some times we experience the world blocking the light altogether.

What ever your reflection is today, know that Jesus can make the light in your life shine.

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
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Living on the Edge
By Kristin Wallace

There is a billboard on my morning commute that was created by the Ford Motor Company. They wanted to impress the public by displaying a car that sits 30 feet in the air at the top of a billboard. Their ad statement is about “being on the edge“ as the name of this car implies (“The Edge”). Apparently, we need this car to take us on an incredible adventure, where we can experience a daring life of excitement on the edge.
 
This week as I drove past the billboard, there was a large crow sitting happily on the top of the car. He didn’t care if this car was the latest and greatest, all he knew was that it took up space where he normally liked to perch above the freeway. This was probably not the intent of the Marketing Team at Ford. But leave it to nature to bring us back to reality. It is still just a car. Even with all of the fancy promotion, it cannot really deliver more than just a nice ride somewhere.

If you are looking for real life on the edge it is not found in earthly possessions. All those things that promise excitement, at some point end up dusty and dirty, with a crow sitting on top. Real life and great adventures are found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He promises your life will be filled with ups and downs, but He will be with you each step of the way. Where else can you find unconditional love, the power of prayer and the hope for eternity? Each day the Lord will be with us on a spiritual journey on the edge.

John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Have a great day!  Kristin. [More]

When the line in the sand is where your knees go down
By John Fischer, www.fischtank.com

Pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)

We've all been hurt. We've all been wronged. We have all experienced injustice. Life is unfair. Shall I go on? Already you should have a situation in mind and someone to blame for your current or distant memory of the above.

Think of when life has been unfair to you. Now think of that person or persons who dealt you the blow. Notice all those vengeful feelings that rise up in you at the mere mention of a person's name. What are you going to do with those feelings?

Often we are tempted to justify ourselves - restate our case over and over in our minds, tear down the person who is responsible for hurting us, draw our line in the sand and don't let anyone any closer. That is one way to deal with it. "I am a rock; I am an island/and a rock feels no pain; and an island never cries."

Or you can draw your line in the sand and make that the place where your knees go down. Just start praying. Pray for the person or persons who wronged you. Pray for the boss who treated you like dirt. Pray for the spouse who walked out of your life and left you with all the responsibility. Pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

And then remember that people and institutions are not in charge of your life; God is. If you want to blame anyone, blame Him, except that He has your best interests at heart. He sees way beyond your immediate situation. Even those who mean things for evil (Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt) God means for good (Joseph became second only to the Pharaoh in power, and thus was able to save his whole family as a result). (Genesis 50:20)

There are much bigger things going on than merely the factors that play with our emotions. When you pray, you link up with the bigger purpose. You may not see it at the time, but at least you are reminded that it is there, and, most importantly, that God is there.

So go ahead, draw that line in the sand, and then get down our your knees and pray.

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Receive, Embrace, and Trust
By Anabel Gillham, Lifetime Guarantee (www.lifetime.org)
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The Protection of Praise
By John Fischer
"If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!" (Proverbs 11:27 NLT) [More]

Missing!
Kristin Wallace
It is gone. Wiped out, missing in action, adios, outta here, left the building, cleaned out, shut down, turned off, silent. [More]

Jubilee! Don’t Forget How Good the News Really Is
Andrew Knight
A jubilee is a mysterious phenomenon which occurs in only a handful of locations around the world. [More]

The Cricket
Kristin Wallace
Did you ever try and catch a cricket when you were young? [More]

Finishing the Race by Grace
Andrew Knight
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him (Colossians 2:6). [More]

Made For His Pleasure
John Fischer
“Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children – this was his pleasure and purpose.” (Ephesians 1:5 NEV) We will never get to the bottom of this: that God made us for his pleasure. [More]


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