Shedding Light Moments

Shedding Light Moment 26th September 2022.
(John 15:9-17).
Someone once said that a true friend is one “who knows the disappointing side of a person’s life yet still continues to accept them”. Solomon described such a friend as one who “sticks closer than a brother,” and one who “loves at all times”. See Proverbs (18:24; 17:17). We all need someone like that in our lives.
Jesus wants to be that kind of friend to us. When we admit our sinful disobedience, ask for His wonderful forgiveness, and submit to Him, He becomes our Saviour and Friend. Because He took the penalty of our sins upon himself on the cross, nothing we’ve done, or may do, will turn Him away.
Jesus is one friend you can’t afford to be without. Is He your Friend? Consider then this SLM:-
“Christ is the truest friend you can have.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 28th September 2022.
(John 15:9-17). (James 2:23).
Joseph Scriven very tragically lost his fiancée the night before their wedding when the boat she was in capsized and she drowned. He never got over it. So he left Ireland and went to Canada.
In His loneliness, Scriven needed a steadfast friend. Having found that in Jesus Christ, he wrote these simple words, which movingly express his new found experience:
“What a friend we have in Jesus,/All our sins and griefs to bear!/What a privilege to carry/Everything to God in prayer!”
Even if we have been blessed with deeply enriching friendships, we all need Joseph Scriven’s Friend. But before we can know Jesus as our Friend, we must know Him as our Saviour. Then, through all of our own circumstances that can change ever so quickly, He will be the one we can depend on as our unfailing friend. So reflect on this SLM:-
“Christ’s friendship prevails even when human friendship fails.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 30th September 2022.
(John 6:34-51).
Someone has said that evangelism is really one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread. Many of us can say, “Once I was spiritually hungry, spiritually starving because of my sins. Then I heard the good news when someone told me where to find bread: in Jesus. And my life changed!”
Now we have the privilege and the responsibility of pointing others to this Bread of Life. We can share Jesus in our neighborhood, in our workplace, in our school, or in our places of recreation. We can talk about Jesus in the waiting room, on the bus, or on the train. We can take the good news to others through doors of friendship.
Jesus is the Bread of Life. So let’s tell all we can where to find Bread! Ponder then this SLM:-
“Share the Bread of Life wherever you are.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 19th September 2022.
(John 15:9-15).
Often in the blackness of some bewildering trial, unable to discern God’s purposes, we are tempted to question His goodness and whether He cares for us.
We who believe the Bible know that the almighty, eternal Creator has revealed himself as a loving Father, and that He infinitely cares for us. And through His Son, He has shown himself to be a Friend of sinners (Matthew 11:19). When in faith anyone accepts the sin-atoning sacrifice of Jesus, that person receives the promise that he will never be forsaken by God (Hebrews 13:5). What a privilege to know in our darkest moment that in Jesus we have an ever-present friend. So ponder this SLM:-
“If Christ is your friend, you need not fear.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 21st September 2022.
(Matthew 9:27-38).
Over the years many people have been led to Christ as a result of a simple act of loving compassion. A helping hand, or a gift perhaps from a stranger.
Jesus is our example of compassion. In Matthew 9, we read, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”(v.36). Not only did our Lord notice the pain and hurt of broken people, but He also responded to it by challenging His followers to pray for the Father to send out workers to respond to the hurts and needs of this dying world (v.38).
As we follow Christ’s example, a heart of compassion for shepherdless people can compel us to make a difference in the lives of others. So give this SLM some thought:-
“A world of despair needs Christians who care.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 23rd September 2022.
(John 6:15-21), (Proverb 3:25).
We read in John 6 that Jesus’s disciples were afraid when in the dimness of nightfall they saw a strange figure walking on the stormy Sea of Galilee. But the mysterious figure was not part of bad dream; He was real. Matthew reports that they “cried out in fear” (14:26). Then the disciples heard a familiar voice: “It is I; do not be afraid” (John 6:20). It was Jesus. Their fears were calmed, as was the sea.
The Saviour speaks the same assurance to us today amid the many fears along our Christian journey. Solomon said, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Prov 18:10).
Fears will come, but we are assured that Jesus is always a light in the darkness. So ponder this SLM:-
“You need not fear the darkness if you are walking with the Light of the World.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 12th September 2022.
(Acts 27:9-15;25).
Trusting the Lord for our salvation also brings with it the very real expectation that He is with us at all times and that He will do all He promised.
In Acts 27, we see an example of the apostle Paul’s expectant faith. He was a prisoner being transported by ship to Rome when a violent storm arose and threatened to destroy the vessel. During the night, an angel of the Lord told Paul they would all survive (vv.23-24). He knew the word of the Lord could be trusted. In the midst of the storm, he said, “I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (v.25). And so it was.
It should be no surprise to us when God keeps His word. It’s to be expected. So ponder this SLM:-
“Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 14th September 2022.
(1 Cor 15:50-58).
The apostle Paul spent a year with the followers of Jesus in Corinth, a city known for its gross 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(1 Cor 15:52-55).
Remaining true to Jesus may be at times difficult, 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 ponder this SLM:-
“Our life and witness for Jesus Christ are not in vain and never ever will be.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 16th September 2022.
(1 Cor 3:10-15).
My friends are you feeling a bit panicky about events in your life? Maybe it seems as if you are just surrounded by the open waters of relationship problems, or money woes, or simply an inability to put your life in order. Perhaps you feel as if you are drowning in a sea of trials and trouble.
May I suggest two things? First, find a fellow Christian or two who can come beside you and hold you up (See Eccles 4:10), pray for you, talk with you, and remind you that you are not alone. Then rest your feet on the only really solid foundation in life: Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:11).
Life’s troubles are too tough to take on alone. Get some help and find in Jesus a place to stand. Then ponder this SLM:-
“Build your life on the only solid foundation– Jesus Christ.”
……Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 5th September 2022.
(John 15:1-8).
Each time I eat some grapes I am reminded that they are the result of the life of the vine flowing through the branches. When I think of that, I am again reminded that Jesus said that being fruitful is allowing His life to flow through me (v.4). No one can bear “grapes” without being connected to Christ, the Vine. Fruitfulness is not primarily a matter of what we accomplish. It’s the result of our being in close fellowship with Him.
Whenever you may wonder if you’re being a “fruitful” Christian, ask yourself, “Am I like Jesus? Is His life flowing through me in the ordinary activities and relationships of each day? Do the “grapes” of my life point others to the Vine?”
So reflect on this SLM:-
“Fruitfulness for Christ depends on fellowship with Christ”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 7th September 2022.
(Matthew 11:20-24)
(Psalm 19:7).
In the cities listed in today’s passage, Jesus clearly showed himself to be the Son of God, the One who had almighty power and could perform miracles. But the people refused to listen to His message. As a result, Korazin, Capernaum, Bethsaida were cursed by God and reduced to heaps of rocks. They became monuments to unbelief.
The lesson for us today is clear. When Jesus speaks, we must take His words to heart. In fact, all of Scripture needs to be taken seriously. To disregard God’s Word shows a heart of unbelief and will leave our lives in ruins. But to heed it’s life-giving instruction brings reward and blessing. So reflect on this SLM:-
“To ignore the Bible is to invite disaster”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 9th September 2022.
(John 16:25-33).
Murphy’s Law says: “If anything can go wrong it will.” That maxim reminds me of the principle Jesus shared with His disciples when He told them, “In this world you will have trouble” in v 33. In other words, sooner or later we will hit troubled times. We can count on it.
The reality of trouble in life is obvious. It’s the reality of peace that often eludes us. Interestingly, when Jesus warned His followers about trouble, in the same breath He also promised peace. He even told them to “take heart! I have overcome the world” (v.33). The word “overcome” indicates a past event that has a continuing effect. Not only did Jesus conquer the fallen world through His death and His resurrection but He also continues to provide victory–no matter how much trouble we may face.
So, although we can expect some trouble in this fallen world, the good news is that we can count on Jesus for peace in troubled times. Consider then this SLM:-
“In the midst of troubles, peace can be found in Jesus.”
…Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 29th August 2022.
(2 Timothy 2:1-7)
There are many very attractive things in our world that are so easy to get entangled with– hobbies, sports, travel, TV, computer games. These may start off as healthy activities, but later they can take up so much of our time and thought that they interfere with the purpose for which God created us: to share the good news of Christ, serve Him with our gifts, and bring glory to Him.
Paul told Timothy why he should not get overly involved with this world’s civilian affairs: So that he could “please Him” (v.4). If your desire is to please the Lord Jesus, you will want to stay untangled from the world system of things. As John reminds us, “The world and it’s desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1John 2:17).
So ponder this SLM:-
“Although we live in this world, we must declare our allegiance to heaven”.
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 31st August 2022.
(1 Sam 12:19-25)
When the people of Israel insisted on having a king despite the warnings of the prophet Samuel (1 Sam 8:4-9), God allowed them to have their way. But when they realized the tragic results of their choice, they asked for Samuel’s help and prayers (1 Sam 12:9). Samuel told the people, “Do not be afraid, You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”(1 Sam 12:20).
We can’t undo yesterday, but we can act today to really influence tomorrow. Samuel promised to pray for them and teach them the right way. He urged them, to “Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (v 24).
God invites us to serve Him today, humbly and sincerely acknowledging His forgiveness and His faithfulness. So give thought to this SLM:-
“Don’t let yesterday’s failures bankrupt tomorrow’s efforts.”
….Pastor Ross.
Shedding Light Moment 2nd September 2022.
(Luke 15:11-24).
No one understands the struggle with prodigals better than our heavenly Father. The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is our story and God’s. Jesus told it on behalf of all sinners who so desperately need to come home to their Creator and discover the warmth of a very loving relationship with Him.
Jesus is God in the flesh seeing us in the distance and looking on us with real love and compassion. He is God running to us and throwing His arms around us. He is heaven’s kiss welcoming the repentant sinner home (v 20).
God hasn’t just left the porch light on for us. He’s out on the front porch watching, waiting, calling us home. So ponder this SLM:-
“Our loved ones may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons—but they are helpless against our prayers”.
….Pastor Ross.