When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2017
Message From The EDITOR
CHURCH CONNECTION Volume 7 No. 3
ummer time sweet summer time! I always loved summer time growing up. Fresh tomatoes from the garden, fresh peaches, homemade ice cream, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the fact that a day had a lot more daylight than darkness this time of year. It would get daylight early and stay light until late. The light is good. We used to play hide and go seek (think the new generation of kids call it man hunt), and when it was light outside, it was much easier to see where and who people really were. Playing at night made it difficult to see. People could blend into the darkness much easier. It was hard to tell exactly who or where someone was.
The Bible talks a lot about light, and that we should be a light in the world to those who see us. In the book of Luke in chapter 11 verse 33 it says, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” The world we live in today is much different than the world I grew up in. It is ever changing, and this will continue to be. I don’t think many will argue that as a culture it would appear that the darkness is winning out over the light. That is why it is more important now than ever that God’s people that profess to know him, let the light be seen through them. This means that we must not blend into the darkness or the crowd, but rather we should stand out and look different with the things we say and the words we say and the way we act in every situation. We must be disciples by not going along with culture and the crowd, but letting others know who we follow. This is allowing the light to be seen rather than putting it under a bowl. When people see you or think of you, do they see someone that stands out like a light for Christ, or do they see someone that blends into the culture of darkness? Do people have to look real hard to see Christ living in you because of the amount of darkness in your life, or is it easy to find him in you like playing hide and go seek in the light? If you would like to work on being a shining light for God in this ever darkening world, a good first step is to attend one of our local Christian churches where you will meet others striving for the same thing. None perfect, just striving! Pick a local church that looks like it would fit your style, and get involved today as we continue to keep the light burning strong in Middle Georgia. Cover Photo: Epworth By The Sea in St. Simons Island
Photographer: Chuck Thompson
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