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LIVE IN THE LIGHT (CC)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN THE LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 1 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 13: FOR HE HAS RESCUED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS AND BROUGHT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON HE LOVES, IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. THE SON IS THE IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRSTBORN OVER ALL CREATION. FOR IN HIM ALL THINGS WERE CREATED; THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE, WHETHER THRONES OR POWERS OR RULERS OR AUTHORITIES; ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN CREATED THROUGH HIM AND FOR HIM. HE IS BEFORE ALL THINGS, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER. AND HE IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH; HE IS THE BEGINNING AND THE FIRSTBORN FROM AMONG THE DEAD, SO THAT IN EVERYTHING HE MIGHT HAVE THE SUPREMACY. FOR GOD WAS PLEASED TO HAVE ALL HIS FULLNESS DWELL IN HIM, AND THROUGH HIM TO RECONCILE TO HIMSELF ALL THINGS, WHETHER THINGS ON EARTH OR THINGS IN HEAVEN, BY MAKING PEACE THROUGH HIS BLOOD, SHED ON THE CROSS. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST: IS IT GETTING A LITTLE DARKER IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD THESE DAYS? ALL OF THOSE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS THAT WERE ONCE BLAZING AND GLOWING THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT? HAVE THEY STARTED TURNING OFF? THE FAMILY THAT WON OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY FOR THE YEAR: THE GREAT CHRISTMAS DISPLAY OF THE YEAR ... BY CHRISTMAS DAY EVENING, EVEN THE SIGN WAS GONE THAT THEY WERE THE WINNERS! ALL THE LIGHTS ON THE TREES, ON THE BUSHES, ON THE WALL, ALL THE THINGS STUCK INTO THE GROUND - GONE! THERE WAS NOT EVEN A TRACE OF IT LEFT - BY ABOUT SIX O'CLOCK ON CHRISTMAS DAY! THEN NEW YEAR'S EVE COMES ALONG AND NEW YEAR'S DAY A FEW MORE OF THEM DISAPPEAR. I THINK AFTER TODAY I'M AFRAID EVERYONE'S GONNA HAVE THEM ALL PACKED UP BEFORE THE BIG RAIN COMES AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. AND OUR NEIGHBORHOODS GO BACK TO THE DARK LITTLE PLACES THAT THEY ARE. I HOPE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO THE LIGHT OF YOUR FAITH THIS YEAR. AND THERE ALWAYS IS THAT DANGER IT SEEMS FOR US AS CHRISTIANS. THAT WE GO THROUGH THIS WONDERFUL SEASON WHERE WE ARE REMINDED TIME AND TIME AGAIN OF THE GREATNESS OF GOD, OF THE LOVE OF GOD. ALL SPECIAL SONGS THAT WE HAVE HAD FOR THIS YEAR THAT WE LOVE TO SING. THE SCRIPTURE LESSONS THAT WE WANT TO HEAR, THAT INSPIRE US SO ... TO LIVE DIFFERENTLY, TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, TO PUT OUR FAITH INTO PRACTICE. AND YET THEN THE NEW YEAR COMES AND I'M SURE THERE ARE STILL A FEW OF US WHO LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND SAY WELL, THERE ARE THINGS THAT I WANT TO IMPROVE THIS YEAR. THERE ARE THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO BETTER. REMEMBER THOSE? FROM A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO? KIND OF INTERESTING HOW QUICKLY OUR DESIRES CHANGE. HOW QUICKLY BY MID-JANUARY WE'RE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE HOMELESS PEOPLE GETTING A DAILY MEAL WHILE WE EAT OUR DAILY BREAD. WE'RE NOT SO CONCERNED ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SLEEPING IN THE COLD WHILE WE CRAWL INTO OUR WARM BEDS. FOR US, EVEN AS GOD'S CHILDREN, IT'S SO EASY FOR US TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE. AND WHAT HAS COME TO US THROUGH GOD'S GREATEST GIFT. THE GIFT OF HIS SON, THE MESSIAH WHO CAME TO SAVE US FROM SIN. TO TAKE US OUT OF THE DARKNESS, THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS, AND BRING US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS LIGHT! TO LIVE AS HIS CHILDREN, TO LIVE IN HIS BLESSINGS, TO LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST! AND THAT'S WHAT PAUL REMINDED THE CHURCH IN CORINTH OF AND HE REMINDS US OF THAT TODAY AS WELL. TO TAKE STOCK IN WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE. AND TO LIVE OUR LIFE OF FAITH. TO TRULY BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT WE DO IN OUR LIFE AND HOW WE ACT. HOW DOES OUR LIFE APPEAR TO OTHER PEOPLE? DO THEY SEE OUR FAITH? DO THEY SEE THAT WE'RE KIND? AND GENTLE? THAT WE'RE WELCOMING? THAT WE'RE FRIENDLY? AND DO PEOPLE READ US AS ALWAYS IN A HURRY? ALWAYS GRUMPY? ALWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR OURSELVES? SIMPLE LITTLE THINGS IN OUR LIFE THAT REALLY DO REFLECT ON HOW WE VIEW GOD. AND WHAT HE'S DONE FOR US! WHO IT WAS WHO CAME TO SAVE US! IN THAT SECOND PARAGRAPH OF OUR TEXT FOR THIS MORNING, HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HEAR THOSE WORDS 'ALL THINGS' 'EVERYTHING' ... 'ALL' THAT CHRIST WAS BEFORE 'ALL THINGS'! THAT HE WAS ETERNAL! THAT THROUGH HIM 'ALL THINGS' WERE MADE. THAT 'ALL THINGS' WERE MADE 'FOR' HIM! THAT THE FULLNESS OF GOD 'DWELLED IN CHRIST'! THAT GOD THE FATHER WAS PLEASED TO DO THAT ... TO SEND HIM INTO THIS WORLD! TO SAVE US FROM 'ALL' SIN! TO RECONCILE 'ALL THINGS' TO HIMSELF THROUGH HIS SON! SO THAT JESUS CHRIST WOULD HAVE SUPREMACY. THAT HE WOULD BE THE LORD AND KING OF ALL INCLUDING EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. HE WANTS TO BE THE LORD OF OUR LIFE. HE WANTS TO BE THE ONE WHO RULES OVER OUR LIFE. FROM THE THRONE OF OUR HEARTS BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO SHED HIS BLOOD TO RECONCILE US TO GOD. AND TO BRING US PEACE. PEACE BECAUSE WE ARE NO LONGER THE ENEMIES OF GOD. BECAUSE BEFORE FAITH ALL WE WANTED TO DO WAS WAR WITH GOD. WE WERE AGAINST GOD. WE WERE AGAINST EVERYTHING HE STOOD FOR. WE DIDN'T KNOW HIM. WE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HIM. WE DIDN'T REALIZE WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE HAD DONE. BUT WHEN FAITH COMES, PEACE COMES. THAT WE ARE NO LONGER AT WAR WITH GOD. NO LONGER FIGHTING AGAINST GOD. NO LONGER BEING AT ODDS WITH GOD. BECAUSE HE HAS RESTORED THAT RELATIONSHIP THAT WE ARE HIS CHILDREN. AND THAT HE LOVES US. AND WE LIVE IN THAT LIGHT WHEN WE IN OUR LIVES STOP THINKING WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE IN CONTROL. STOP THINKING THAT WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE THE SUPREME BEING. THAT WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE OVER ALL. THAT WE ARE THE ONES WHO CREATED EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING EXISTS FOR ME! IT DEFIES WHAT GOD HAS SAID TO US. IT IS ALL FOR CHRIST. IT IS ALL GOD. AND WHEN WE ARE AT PEACE WITH HIM IN OUR LIVES, WE'RE NOT ARGUING WITH HIM. WE'RE NOT FIGHTING WITH HIM. WE'RE NOT ACTING LIKE HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS TO DO WHAT WE SAY. LIKE HE'S SOME KIND OF GENIE THAT WE JUST RUBBED OUT OF A LAMP TO MAKE ALL OF OUR DREAMS COME TRUE. AND WHEN HE DOESN'T, WE GO BACK TO BEING AT WAR WITH HIM. WE HAVE TO ADMIT OUR OWN SINFULNESS AND WANTING TO BE THE ONES TO HAVE CONTROL OVER WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR LIVES. AND WE CAN'T EVEN GET HOME TODAY IN ONE PIECE UNLESS THAT'S A BLESSING FROM GOD. WE CAN'T TAKE A BREATH TOMORROW UNLESS GOD ALLOWS US THAT PERIOD OF GRACE. IT PUTS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR US TO LIVE AS PEOPLE WHO ARE AT PEACE WITH GOD. GIVING HIM CONTROL OF OUR LIFE. WHATEVER HAPPENS, THAT HE IS WITH US BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE WHO HAS RESCUED US FROM THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS. THE DOMINION OF DARKNESS IS REALLY HELL! OUTSIDE OF THE LIGHT OF GOD. OUTSIDE OF HIS BLESSING! THE PLACE WHERE SATAN LOVES TO LIVE AND HIDE TO ATTACK US. TO LURE US. THE PLACE WHERE WE THINK THAT WE CAN GO TO DO THOSE THINGS . . . THERE NO ONE'S GOING TO SEE US. AND NO ONE'S GONNA HEAR US. AS IF GOD COULDN'T SEE INTO THE DARKNESS! BECAUSE WE LIKE TO HIDE OUR OWN SIN. WE LIKE TO HIDE THOSE THINGS THAT WE'RE ASHAMED OF. WE LIKE TO HIDE THE THINGS THAT WE DO AGAINST GOD. AND THE DARKNESS IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THAT. BUT CHRIST HAS RESCUED US FROM THAT DARKNESS. TAKEN US OUT OF THAT DOMINION OF DARKNESS INTO HIS LIFE. A PLACE WHERE WE DO FEEL SAFE! A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SEE WHAT'S AROUND US. WE'RE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. A PLACE WHERE NOT EVERY SOUND MAKES US FEARFUL BECAUSE WE CAN'T SEE WHO OR WHAT IT IS OR WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO US. THAT'S THE DARKNESS. THE DARKNESS THAT WE LEFT BEHIND ... TO COME IN TO THE LIGHT OF CHRIST. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. THE ONE WHO CAME SPECIFICALLY TO SAVE US. AND WE'RE TO LIVE IN THAT LIGHT. WE'RE TO LIVE AND LET OUR LIGHT SHINE WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF CHRIST. TO STOP GOING BACK TO THE DARK. TO STOP HIDING. TO STOP DOING THOSE SINFUL THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO IN SECRET. TO STOP DOING THE SINFUL THING AND TO DO THE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS FROM US. AND THE EASIEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO BEGIN BY PRAISING HIM. BY GOING TO GOD WITH THANKS FOR WHAT HE'S DONE. BY PRAISING HIM FOR BEING THE ONE FOR GIVING US THE LIGHT. BY PRAISING HIM FOR BEING THE ONE WHO KEEPS US IN THE LIGHT. WHO HAS SAVED US; WHO HAS REDEEMED US. WHO IS RECONCILED TO US. WHO IS THE LORD OVER EVERYTHING! WHO IS THE SUPREME RULER. THE ONE WHO IS THE FIRSTBORN FROM ABOVE. WHO GIVES US ETERNAL LIFE AS WELL. TO MAKE IT A HABIT OF OUR LIFE. AND A PART OF OUR LIFE TO JUST STOP FOR A MOMENT AND PRAISE GOD. FOR THE LITTLE THINGS. FOR THE BIG THINGS. FOR THE KIND THINGS. FOR THE LOVING THINGS. FOR THE GENEROUS THINGS. FOR THE PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES. FOR THE WORK THAT WE DO. FOR THE FINANCES THAT ARE OURS. FOR ALL OF THE BLESSINGS THAT COME TO US INTO OUR HANDS FROM GOD'S OUTSTRETCHED HANDS OF LOVE. SO MANY THINGS. SO MANY THINGS THAT GOD GIVES TO US. LET'S NOT GROW TIRED OF THEM. LET'S NOT TRY TO PUT OUR LIGHT AWAY AS WE PACK UP THOSE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. LET'S NOT BE IN A HURRY TO BRUSH ASIDE ALL OF THE JOYS THAT HAVE BEEN OURS FOR THESE PAST WEEKS. LET US LIVE AS GOD'S CHILDREN. LET US LIVE IN HIS LIGHT. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 14 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
Genre: None
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 25
Posted by: hischild on Jan 5, 2016

All praise to God that through the work of our Savior Jesus Christ on our behalf, He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness . . . HELL!

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