Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 11th October 2021.
(Acts 1:1-11).
Sceptics have always existed when it comes to Jesus Christ. He walked out of the wilderness making claims a lot of people found hard to believe. He was later executed and pronounced dead. But three days later, He showed up alive.
But consider the facts of Christ’s life, death, and His resurrection. His integrity is well- founded. Prophets foretold His coming. Miracles supported His deity. And the truth is, eyewitnesses verified His resurrection. And today the Holy Spirit confirms that Jesus is alive to anyone who is seeking to know the truth. So give thought to this SLM:-
“The resurrection is a fact of history that demands a response of faith.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 13th October 2021.
(Colossians 2:1-7)
Paul urged these believers to live by faith so they would become firmly, established in their walk with Christ (vv.6-7). We do that by truly focusing our thoughts on Him: what He has done, what He is doing now, and what He will do for us. We take a risk by depending completely on Him, obeying His commands, and putting His teaching into practice.
Walking with Christ may at times be a little frightening, but it is the only way to make progress in our spiritual development. So ponder this SLM:-
“You cannot run the race until you first learn to walk”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 15th October 2021.
(Mark 4:35-41).
When stuck in a troubling situation with nowhere to run. Instead of trying to bail ourselves out by seeking revenge, blaming others or fearfully cowering in the corner as we sink into despair.
We need to learn as the disciples did that Jesus may not bail us out immediately, but remembering that He is in our boat makes a big difference!
Thankfully, He is always with us in the storms of life, saying things like “Quiet be still!”. So, look for Him in your storm and let Him fill you with the peace that comes from knowing He is near. So ponder this SLM:-
“Make Jesus your first option when the storms of life threaten you.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 4th October 2021.
(John 20:19-29)
You and I have never seen Jesus calm a storm or raise someone from the dead. We haven’t sat at His feet on a Galilean hillside and heard Him teach. But through eyes of faith we have been spiritually healed by His death on our behalf. Thus we can join Thomas and Paul and countless others who have acknowledged Jesus as our Lord. See v.29.
When we believe, we too can call Jesus, “My Lord and my God!”. So ponder this SLM:-
“Though we cannot see Him with our eyes, we can believe with our hearts—He is Lord!”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 6th October 2021
(Matt 6:19-21) (Mark10:21-22)
It is very clear from Jesus’ teaching that eternal treasures never lose their worth. They can never be spoiled or stolen. We can stockpile them by living according to the will and ways of Jesus.
In the gospel of Mark, we read that the Lord tested the rich young ruler’s heart when He asked him to sell all that he had, give it to the poor, and follow Him. The ruler’s response surely revealed what He really valued. See verses 21-22.
It’s very easy to become overly enamoured with earth side stuff, but when you make a choice to follow Jesus, He’ll show you the joy of collecting eternal treasures. Nothing on earth can compare! So ponder this SLM:-
“Hold tightly to what is eternal and loosely to what is temporal!”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 8th October 2021.
(Matt 14:22-33).
When Peter stepped out of the boat, initially he was indeed supernaturally held up. But then he became preoccupied with the howling wind and turbulent waves. Fear gripped his heart, and He began to sink.
We Christians are just like Peter at times. We forget God’s Word. Then when trials come, instead of relying on His promises we cling to false securities and like Peter, we look at our frightening circumstances and push the panic button.
No matter what happens, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus. We will find Him completely reliable. We need never be afraid to trust Him fully. So ponder this SLM:-
“You start going down when you stop looking up”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th September 2021.
(Mark 4:36-41).
Imagine a world without any wind. Lakes would be calm. The falling leaves wouldn’t blow in the streets. In still air trees might suddenly fall over because they need wind stress to grow strong.
Jesus let His men experience gale- force winds to strengthen their faith (vv.36-41).
If the wind had not blown, these disciples would never have asked “Who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him (v.41).
Today, life in a protective bubble might sound good. But how strong would our faith be if we couldn’t discover for ourselves His reassuring “be still” when the winds of circumstance howl?.. So ponder this SLM:-
“God never sleeps”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th September 2021.
(Psalm 147:1-11).
How amazing to know that the One who “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name (vv.4-5) is not remote and aloof from us, but cares about our sorrows, extending love and mercy for His own (vv3,6).
Jesus Christ, the Creator of the galaxies, visited our planet to pay the penalty for our sin and open the way to friendship and fellowship with Him. Today He stands ready to bring healing and wholeness to our deeply wounded spirits. From naming stars to mending hearts, nothing is too hard for God. So ponder this SLM:-
“In creation we see God’s hand; in redemption we see His heart”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 1st October 2021.
(2 Peter 1:2-11).
For “experienced travellers” in the Christian life, there can be great danger in losing the wonder. The Scriptures that once thrilled us may become more familiar and just academic. We may fall into the lethargy of praying with our minds and not our hearts.
Peter urged the early followers of Christ to continue growing in their faith to ensure that they would not become ineffective and unproductive in their knowledge of Jesus (vv.5-8). Without those qualities that are listed we can become blind and forget the marvel of being cleansed from our sins(v.9).
May God grant us all grace to keep growing in the wonder of knowing Him. So please ponder this SLM:-
“Continual growing in Christ comes from a deepening knowledge of Him”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 20th September 2021.
(Proverb 6:16-23) (Psalm 119:105).
On a dark road at night, a torch or a lantern usually lights just a single step at a time.
The writer of Proverbs tells us, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”. See Proverbs 3:6. Even as a lantern lights each new step on the dark road at night, so the lamp of God’s Word is a light upon your pathway.
It isn’t necessary for us to see beyond what the Lord reveals. If we simply follow as He leads, we’ll find enough light for each step of the way!.. So ponder this SLM:-
“God will never lead you where His Word will not light you!”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 22nd September 2021.
(Mark 5:1-20).
After Jesus healed the man with an evil spirit, He told him, “Go home to your own family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19). The man didn’t need to preach a powerful sermon; He simply needed to share his story.
No matter what our conversion experience is, we can do what that man did: “(He) went away and began to tell…how much Jesus had done for him.” So ponder this SLM:-
“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.”…
Psalm 107:2.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 24th September 2021.
(John 15:12-17).
The scriptures show Jesus to be both powerful and gentle. He always welcomed little children yet He subdued demons, calmed violent storms and raised dead people!
The way we see Jesus determines how we relate to Him. If we focus only on His power, we may treat Him with the detached worship we’d give a comic book superhero. Yet, if we overemphasize His kindness, we risk treating Him too casually. The truth is that Jesus is both at once. He is great enough to deserve our very obedience yet humble enough to call us friends, v14. Give thought then, to this SLM:-
“What we think of Jesus shows in how we relate with Him”.
…Pastor Ross.
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.