Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/25/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
As Pastor Steve discusses Isaiah 9:1-7, he points out that the passage is a promise that light is coming.
We see God’s faithfulness to the promise in John the Baptist’s birth. We see God’s faithfulness to the promise when Jesus is presented at the temple. We see God’s faithfulness to the promise in Jesus’ ministry.
God’s faithfulness destroys every kind of darkness.
The Light of Christ overcomes spiritual darkness.
The light of Christ eliminates Evil’s darkness.
God’s faithfulness has brought you light. It points you to Jesus. It points you to salvation. It points you to transformation.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/27/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Why may the Goodness of God seem hidden to us?
Because we take it for granted. We don’t see it because it is always there, right in plain sight.
Because pearls don’t sit well before swine.
Because the enemy blinds us to God’s Goodness. We can be so focused on other things – even good things- that we totally miss God’s Goodness.
The manger is filled with compassion!
Compassion is an emotional word, and stands opposed to indifference. Compassion is an action word. Compassion is a connection word.Advent demonstrates that connection like little else.
Focus your eyes on what’s hidden in the manger. Make it your aim to let God define Himself. Fill your mind with truth about God’s Goodness. His compassion that reaches out to connect with us. His grace that shows us blessing when we deserve judgement. His patience that gives us one opportunity after another to turn to him. His loyal love that keeps all His promises to us. His faithfulness that doesn’t shift or fail or give up on us.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/19/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Jesus is the light! He is light for everyone. He is a powerful light, but some do not recognize Him. He is a rewarding light as well as the glorious light.
Walking in the light with Christ is beautiful! It brings self awareness. Walking in the light helps us avoid danger as well as brings creativity and productivity. Light brings us life. Christ brings us eternal life.
Walking with Jesus is walking in the light. When we humble ourselves and follow Him, we expose the darkness in our life. When we read the Bible and learn His word, we can see the path ahead of us. When we interact with His people, we sharpen each other.
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