Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 13th September 2021.
(Acts 9:36-42).
The faithful devotion to the Lord in what we might call the commonplace
things of life and her loving compassion for others have made Dorcas a model we should all emulate(vv36,39).
Truth is, most of us have not been given mighty deeds and fame as a way of advancing the gospel. Instead, it is the small thing, done faithfully, that really accomplishes the tasks God has called us to do.
May our walk with Christ be characterized by a host of loving deeds that bring blessing to others and reflect credit on our Saviour!! So ponder this SLM:-
“Making a living is measured by what we get, but making a life by what we give!”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 15th September 2021.
(1John 1:1-7).
If you know Jesus as your Saviour and have experienced His love, grace and forgiveness, you can tell someone else about Him. Youth, beauty, and good theological training are not required. Reality and enthusiasm are indeed more valuable than a training course in how to share your faith.
When it comes to telling others the wonderful story of how Jesus Christ can transform a person’s life, there is no substitute for a first-hand witness like you. So ponder this SLM:-
“Jesus doesn’t need lawyers; He needs reliable witnesses”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 17th September 2021.
(Luke 18:9-14)
Luke 18, is a parable about two different ways to pray. We can often get trapped in the cycle, like the Pharisee, of comparison, of boasting and live as though we have a right to judge others, (vv.11-12).
But when we look to Jesus as our example of holy living, our desperate need for God’s grace as in v.13 is magnified. As we experience the Lord’s loving compassion and forgiveness personally, we’ll be forever changed and empowered to expect and extend mercy, not condemnation, to others. So here is an SLM to think on:-
“When we realize the depth of our need for mercy, we can more readily offer mercy to others”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 6th September 2021.
(Matt 6:25-44).
It seems these days that people can find a lot to worry about and Christians are no different. Often we are troubled about what could happen in the future, or we spend way too much time on dwelling on the past. Our minds whirl and our emotions rise because of some sin we committed or a sad event that occurred years ago.
I have now, for a very long time, discovered that, we can really experience the peace of God when we stop stewing about what might be or what might have been and focus on what is.
It’s hard to walk with the Lord and experience His peace when we are paralyzed with worry about the past or the future.
In fact, we can’t! No wonder Jesus told us, “Do not worry” in Matthew 6:34. So ponder this SLM:-
“Worry is like a rocking chair–it will give you something to do, but it wont get you anywhere”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 8th September 2021.
(John 6:1-14).
Like most boys, I’m sure his lunch was no doubt a very important commodity.
Yet he was willing to give his lunch of five barley loaves and two small fish to the Lord. I think he may have known that by putting his lunch in the hands of Jesus, He could do extraordinary things with it. And He did. He fed thousands of hungry people.
Jesus is still looking for a few common folk like you and me who are willing to commit, some intentional acts of selfless sacrifice so that He can turn our offering into His glory. So why not commit such an act today and then ponder this SLM:-
“Let Jesus share with others what you want to keep for yourself”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th September 2021.
(Gal 2:15-21); (2 Tim 4:7-8).
Sometimes we Christians tend to forget that we are dependent on Christ to complete our Christian race.
As we strive to live a life that is pleasing to God we realize that in spite of our best intentions and determination, we often stumble and fall short. By our strength alone, it is just impossible. Oh, how we need the Lord’s help! And it has been provided. Paul declares it with the words of v.20 in Galatians Ch 2. Re-read it slowly.
We cannot finish the Christian race on our own. We have to do so by depending on Jesus living in us.
So ponder this SLM:-
“Faith connects our weakness to God’s strength”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 30th August 2021.
(Luke 5:1-11).
Many people it seems these days are drawn to Jesus by those who proclaim that God wants them to be healthy and wealthy. But His greatest concern and delight is not so much to ” fill our nets with fish”, that is, material prosperity. But He wants to fill our hearts with His love so we will become fishers of men. And he can do that only when we recognize, as Peter did in Luke 5:8, how spiritually needy we are. The richest people are those who have experienced the love of Christ and want to share it with others. That’s true prosperity! So ponder this SLM:-
“No one is so poor as he who has nothing but money”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 1st September 2021.
(Luke 10:38-42)
Life at times can get very hectic, making us feel that there’s just too much for one person to handle.
When that does happen, it’s good to realign our perspective by reminding ourselves of what Jesus told Martha.
He told her that she had become “distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” (v.40). He reminded her that her sister Mary had chosen the one thing that would never be taken away (v.42). Like many of us, Martha got so wrapped up in her service that she forgot the most important thing; fellowship with her Lord.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed especially with the “lockdown blues” then don’t lose sight of your priorities. Spend time with the Lord. He will lift your load and those “blues” and give you the right perspective. So ponder this SLM:-
“To keep your life in balance, lean on the Lord”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 3rd September 2021.
(Acts 4:13-22).
Often, the very fragrances we absorb from the places we go and the people that we associate with can paint a telling picture of our lives.
The Scripture says of Peter and John that the Rulers and elders of the people, “took note that these men had been with Jesus”. See v.13. Their boldness in proclaiming the gospel resulted from their close association and fellowship with the risen Lord. This gave a heavenly fragrance to their lives.
It is our privilege on a daily basis to have sweet sweet communion with our blessed Lord. As we linger long in His presence, the holy aroma of His person will permeate our entire life. So ponder this SLM:-
“There will be more reflection of Jesus when there is more reflection on Jesus”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 23rd August 2021.
(Eph 2:1-10).
Sadly, there is often a disparity between the life of Christ and the lives of many who bear His name.
The Bible says that we are God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”( v.10). When we call ourselves Christians, we are saying to the world that Christ is our Saviour and that we are following Him.
Christians have a glorious name. It is a great privilege to be identified with Christ—and a great obligation to live up to His name!
So ponder this SLM:-
“When you walk with Christ, you’ll be out of step with the world”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 25th August 2021.
(Acts 27:27-44).
The miraculous story of Paul’s voyage to Rome, with its trials and triumphs, is a wonderful example of the light and darkness through the journey of faith of human life. See also 2Cor11:23-28 and 2Cor1:8-9.
It is a reminder that God’s promises and His providence do not lift us from the world of common sense and everyday trials, for it is through these very things that our faith is indeed perfected. And it is in this world that God loves to just interweave the golden threads of His love with the twists and turns of our common, everyday experiences. So ponder this SLM.
“God delights to bring us through the narrow places of life, not extricate us from them”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th August 2021.
(John 13:3-15)
(1Cor 11:1).
Sometimes, as we hurry about with the many responsibilities of life, we become too busy to care about people. But we must always remember that Jesus urges us to show kindness and concern for our fellow travellers. He set the example for us in John 13 by being a servant. We need to take the time to be helpful also.
Wouldn’t it be great, that if, after we were helpful to someone, they asked us “Are you Jesus?” …to be able to honestly respond, “No, I’m not Jesus, but I’m trying to be like Him”. Christ-like kindness can open the door for a heart-touching testimony. So give thought to this SLM:-
“Nothing is more attractive than being like Jesus”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 16th August 2021.
(Psalm 51:1-13)
The word home is encouraging to the wayward one.
When a believer replaces God’s will with His own, he will find himself in a backslidden condition, out of fellowship with God, feeling very distant from Him. Although we sometimes yield to our self-centred nature, God is always ready to welcome us back. Because of His “mercy” and “compassion” it gives Him joy when we forsake our rebellious ways, return to Him, and ask for forgiveness. See Psalm 51:1-2 and Luke 15.
If your heart and mind has slipped away from Jesus of late, He is now calling you and waiting for you to come back home.
So ponder this SLM today:-
“A child of God is always welcomed home.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 18th August 2021.
(Exodus 15:22-27)
When the people of Israel fled from Egypt, they were led by God into the desert. Three days into their journey, they ran out of water. But God knew about the problem. In fact, a solution awaited them in Marah and Elim (vv25,27). God not only solved their water problem but also provided a place to rest.
Even when our situation looks difficult, like the present lockdown we are in due to the Covid virus, we can trust that God is leading. He already knows what we’ll need when we get there. So ponder this SLM:-
“Facing what seems impossible gives us the opportunity to trust God.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 20th August 2021.
(Romans 12:9-21)
From covid19 to our present world conflicts, the word bedlam perhaps best describes our world.
Solomon noted man’s propensity for evil, describing it as those who “delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil”(Prob 2:14). While this may describe much of the world around us, followers of Jesus have a refreshingly different way to handle life. Paul challenged us: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good”(Rom 12-21). Christ-centred actions such as living morally(v.17), making peace(v18),and treating our foes with care(v.20)will effect the world for good.
If each of us live as a reflection of God’s love, perhaps there would be a lot less bedlam. So ponder this SLM:-
“A despairing world needs caring Christians.”
…Pastor Ross.