Pay Attention to the Light

Based on:  2 Peter 1:16-21

Dear Christians, in this world we are surrounded by spiritual darkness.  It is like being in a strange place in the middle of the night.  The sky is overcast – no moon, no stars.  Other people try to tell us which way to go.  They think they know.  One says, “Come with me I’ll show you where to go.”  Another says, “No, come this way.”  None of them have a light to help guide them and we wonder how they know where they’re going?  But Look! There is a light.  Pay attention to the light! This world is spiritually dark and God’s word is the only sure light able to guide us out of the darkness to our eternal home.

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God lives in us and we live in God

Based on: 1 John 4:13-21

Was there ever a relationship that you were unsure of? Perhaps you just offended a friend and you didn’t know if you were still friends or if that person even wanted to see you again? Now just imagine the relationship Adam and Eve had with God before they sinned.  It was the closest relationship possible – God lived in them and they lived in God.  God blessed them with everything they needed and more, and God was pleased with everything they did.  Pleased, that is, until they ate the fruit God told them not to eat.  This action was a revolt against the God who gave them every good thing they could imagine.  They realized they had ruined their perfect relationship with God, and they were afraid.  They had no hope of restoring this relationship on their own.  Yet, in love God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to restore this relationship.  Now as a believer in Jesus Christ we have this close personal relationship with God.  God lives in us, and we live in God.  We know this is true by God’s display of love and we can see this from our own display of love.

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How to Live Forever

Based On: 1 Peter 1:22-25

Here is a Bible.  It is made up of paper printed with ink.  The cover is cardboard and it is all bound together with some glue and stitching.  It was probably made several years ago and with a single match is easily destroyed.  It is an object with a limited life span on this earth.  If you take care of it, it will last longer, but not forever.  Eventually, as the years pass, the pages will become dirty or torn and we will need to replace this book.  This book is temporary and in some ways frail.

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God Lives in Us and We Live in God

Based On: 1 John 4:13-21

Was there ever a relationship that you were unsure of? Perhaps you just offended a friend and you didn’t know if you were still friends or if that person even wanted to see you again? Now just imagine the relationship Adam and Eve had with God before they sinned. It was the closest relationship possible – God lived in them and they lived in God. God blessed them with everything they needed and more, and God was pleased with everything they did. Pleased, that is, until they ate the fruit God told them not to eat. They realized they had ruined their perfect relationship with God, and they were afraid. They had no hope of restoring this relationship on their own. Yet, in love God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to restore this relationship. Now as a believer in Jesus Christ we have this close personal relationship with God. God lives in us, and we live in God. We know this is true by God’s display of love and we can see this from our own display of love.

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