With a new year, we have new opportunities. If your resolution was to get back into your Bible, we have three offerings for you:
Sunday morning, 9:00 am: We begin a 12-week series on the Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi).
Wednesday breakfast, 6:30 am @ Perkins: We begin a study of the book of Judges. Throughout the 12 Judges, we will find many parallels to the world today.
Wednesday mid-morning, 10:30 am, beginning 1/17: We begin a study of the book of Romans. Romans covers all the basic doctrines of scripture and is well worth your time.
King’s Quest (K3-8) and ACTs (9-12) also resume Sundaymornings at 9 am.
January is also time for committees to gear up for the new year. The Fellowship Committee meets Monday, 7 pm.Trustees and Council meet 1/15, 6 & 7:30 pm. The Anniversary Committee meets 1/17, 6 pm. The school Marketing Committee meets 1/23; BYD a week later, both at 6:30 pm. King’s Camp Committee will also meet in January, the date TBD.
This week, school basketball resumes with games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. January 20, we will host the SALSA East tournament. Help is needed with scoreboard, scorebooks and concessions.
Finally, January 21, Pastor Bob Fleischmann from Christian Life Resources will be here for Bible study and worship. January 28, Pastor Larry Zahn will be here to guest preach as part of our 50th Anniversary celebration. After that service, we will have our chili cook-off. I hope you can attend!
Now here’s today’s devotion:
Darkness and Light
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Light is certainly one of the most precious things in our world. Without it, we can’t do much of anything. The most simple tasks become all but impossible when darkness envelopes us instead of light.
A lack of light can also strike fear into our hearts and be quite dangerous. If you have ever tried navigating your way through complete darkness, you know this to be true. When you can’t even see your hand two inches in front of your face, it is impossible to walk with purpose and confidence. This is what life is like without Jesus.
Without Jesus there is no purpose in life. Every reason our world produces for our existence comes up empty in the end. Without the light of Jesus we would be forced to stumble our way through life, bumping into blessings without knowing where they come from and tripping over trials and problems. As we stumble we would always have the terrifying understanding that death could be right around the corner.
Thank God for sending Jesus to be the Light that illuminates our lives. He gives us hope and purpose. He came to remove the darkness of sin by shedding his blood and scatter the shadow of death by rising from the grave. Since our sins have been paid for by his blood, we have the sure confidence that every one of our sins has been removed–even the ones that weigh us down with the most guilt. Since he rose from the grave we have the rock-solid guarantee that death is not the end for us. We too will rise with him to live eternally.
With Jesus lighting up our lives we can live with confidence and purpose. The confidence comes from knowing that nothing can change the fact that our sins have been washed away by his blood and our eternal life guaranteed by his resurrection. Our purpose now is to live every moment to his glory. We strive to make the best use of all the gifts he has given us and do everything we can to share Jesus with others so they too may walk in his light.
Lord Jesus, this sinful world is a dark place. Thank you for scattering the darkness of sin and death for us. Continue to light up our lives that we may live for you and share your light with others. Amen.