Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 24th January 2022.
(1Thess 1:1-10).
The apostle Paul commended these believers for their bold and joyful witness to Jesus. See verse 8. The message of the gospel actually went “viral” through these people whose lives had been transformed by Jesus Christ. In spite of difficulties and persecution, they could not remain silent.
We convey the story of total forgiveness and eternal life in Christ through kind hearts, helping hands, and honest words from all of us who know the Lord. The gospel transforms us and the lives of those we meet when it is believed.
May the message ring out from us for all to hear today! So please ponder this SLM:-
“There’s no better news than the gospel so spread the word!”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 26th January 2022.
(Col 1:15-20).
In the garden of Eden, a tree was the source of the forbidden fruit that our spiritual parents tasted, causing sin to enter the human race. And when the Son of God shed His blood as the ultimate sacrifice for all humanity’s sin, He was nailed to a tree on our behalf. Christ “bore our sins in his body on the tree”.
See 1Peter 2:24.
The cross is the turning point for all who trust Christ for salvation. And ever since the crucifixion, it has become a most remarkable symbol that represents the sacrificial death of the Son of God for our deliverance from sin and death. The cross is the inexpressibly wonderful evidence of God’s love for us. Today’s SLM:-
“Christ gave His life on the tree for our salvation.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 17th January 2022.
(2 Cor 2:14-16).
What a beautiful image of the real Christian life! As the apostle Paul says, we are the aroma of Christ, spreading His fragrance everywhere(v.15).
We can spread the aroma of Christ in two ways. First, through our words: telling others about the One who is beautiful. Second, through our lives: doing deeds of Christlike sacrifice. See Eph 5:1-2. While everyone will not appreciate the divine fragrance we share, it will bring life to many as they are led to seek its source through our words and deeds. So reflect on this SLM to start the week:-
“We are the aroma of Christ to others.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 19th January 2022.
(2 Cor 4:7-18).
The apostle Paul describes how the treasure of the gospel is contained in the human frailty of followers of Christ: jars of clay (2 Cor 4:7). He suggests that the meagre–and even at times broken– vessels of our lives actually can reveal God’s power in contrast to our imperfections.
When God inhabits the imperfect and broken pieces in our lives, the healing hope of His power is often more visible to others. Yes, His repair work in our hearts often leaves the scars of cracks. But perhaps those lines from our learning are the etchings in our beings that make His character more visible to others. So give thought to this SLM:-
” Brokenness can lead us into wholeness.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 21st January 2022.
(1 Cor 15:50-58).
The apostle Paul spent a year with the followers of Jesus in Corinth, a city known for its moral corruption. After he left, He urged them in a follow-up letter not to be discouraged or feel that their witness for Christ was of no value. He assured them that a day is coming when the Lord will return and even death will be swallowed up in victory(vv.52-55).
Remaining true to Jesus may be difficult, at times discouraging, and even dangerous, but it is never pointless or wasted. As we walk with the Lord and witness to His presence and power, our lives are not in vain! We can be sure of that. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Our life and our witness for Jesus Christ are not in vain.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 10th January 2022.
(Philippians 4:4-9)
The apostle Paul urged the Christians at Philippi to rejoice, pray about all things, and let the peace of God guard their hearts and minds in Christ.
Sometimes our everyday tasks and responsibilities don’t spark joy as not all of them are enjoyable. But a change in why we do things can bring a transformation in the way we feel about them.
Paul told his readers to think on whatever is “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or on that which is simply praiseworthy” v.8.
Paul’s words here are food for thought and a recipe for joy.
So give thought to this SLM:-
“A focus on the Lord is the real beginning of joy.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 12th January 2022.
(Ephesians 2:1-10).
At times, it’s good to remember that we can’t fight evil on our own. God is not waiting for our efforts so that He will show His mercy. Ephesians clearly teaches that it is “by grace you have been saved through faith, … it is the gift of God (2:8)”.
We don’t beat sin; Christ has done that.
God’s gifts come to all of us when we believe in Jesus. God “has blessed us…with every spiritual blessing”. See Ephesians 1:3. We have the full forgiveness of sins, redemption, then adoption, new life, joy, love, and much more. We don’t get these spiritual blessings because we have kept the faith and are strong; we get them because we believe in Jesus. Spiritual blessings come only through grace; undeserved grace!
So reflect on this SLM:-
“We have been saved by grace. Now we enjoy the many blessings that come by grace.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 14th January 2022.
(1 John 4:9-16).
We often express our love to those dear to our hearts by sending a large bouquet of roses with a nicely worded card. But God’s expression of love for us is nothing short of extravagant! Read 1John 4:9 again.
Jesus is not merely a token of love, like a rose passed from one person to another. He is the divine human who willingly gave up His life so that anyone who believes in Him for salvation can have an everlasting relationship with God. Nothing can separate a true Christian “from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:39).
So reflect on this SLM:-
“We know how much God loves us because He sent His Son to save us”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 3rd January 2022.
(Psalm 100).
At times we often wonder whether our influence or witness in life is being felt by those around us. Whether our lives cast long shadows.
As a Christian I often think of the ways our lives can cast a long shadow of influence for God—a praying mother’s influence on her children, an encouraging co-worker’s words, the support and challenge of a teacher or a mentor, the loving but corrective words of a friend. It’s a high privilege to play a role in the really wonderful promise that “His love… continues through all generations”(Psalm 100:5). So reflect on this SLM:-
“Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 5th January 2022.
(2 Cor 4:1-7).
When someone discovers a hidden treasure they love to share it with the world.
The apostle Paul wrote that followers of Christ have a treasure inside them that is to be shared with the world: “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure”. See 2 Cor 4:7 (NLT). The treasure inside us is the message of Christ and His love.
This treasure is not to be hidden but is to be shared so that by God’s love and grace people of every nation can be welcomed into His family. May we, through His Spirit’s working, share that treasure with someone today. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Let others see your testimony as well as hear it.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 7th January 2022.
(Genesis 2:4-8).
We may very well be tempted, living with all of today’s conveniences and technology, to just forget our very beginnings and that God is the one who gives us life. But when we pause to remember that God is our Creator, we can build an attitude of thankfulness into our daily routines. We can ask Him for help and acknowledge the gift of life with humble, thankful hearts.
May our gratitude spill out and touch others, so that they also may give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness. So ponder this SLM:-
“Give thanks to God, our Creator, who gives us the breath of life.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 27th December 2021.
(Psalm 117).
Psalm 117 is the shortest of all the psalms. In it the writer encourages everyone to praise the Lord because of the truth that
“great is his love toward us” (v.2).
God’s love is seen in the ordinary, everyday events of life, not just in the spectacular. Let your mind, then, soak up the extent of His love toward your family, your church, and to others.
The psalmist then added that “the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever”. In other words, He will continue to love us! So we will continue to have many things to praise God for in the coming days. As His dearly loved children, may praising and thanking God characterize our lives! So reflect on this SLM.
“Remember to thank God for the ordinary as well as the extraordinary”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th December 2021.
(Psalm 1).
Society views the ways of God as an infringement on our rights. Yet society is increasingly marked with a haunting sense of meaningless and despair.
Like the psalmist, we would do well to realize that a blessed life comes from delighting in the law of the Lord and not living like those who walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take. See vv.1and 2.
God’s boundaries are not meant to take the pizazz out of life. Instead, they are divine fences constructed with God’s wisdom to help us avoid the treachery and trouble of reckless living. So why not choose to praise God for those boundaries and for the way they bless you. Then ponder this SLM:-
“God’s fences keep you within the bounds of His rich blessings”.
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 31st December 2021.
(1John 2:28-3:3)
Looking forward to what this year might bring, I can’t help but wonder if it will be the year when Jesus returns. But then I also wonder if I’m ready and I am reminded that nothing is more important than being ready for our reunion with Jesus.
As we consider the possibility that Jesus could return this year, let’s be sure that we are ready. Let’s strive to be pure as He is pure, anticipating the day when tears and sorrow, pain and death will all be replaced with the everlasting joy of His presence. So reflect on this SLM as we begin a new year.
“Wanting to be ready for Christ’s return will make a difference in the way we live.”
…Pastor Ross.