Shining

Written by cycleguy on December 28th, 2018

Well…happy after Christmas.  I’m guessing for you several things are true:

  • The Christmas “glow” is over.
  • A new year faces us in a few short days.

There are those who have already taken down their lights or have stopped turning them on at night. Leaving them up because of frigid weather is not an excuse around here lately. I rode 17.6 miles in 40+ degree weather yesterday (Wednesday).  But for most the season is over so why prolong it?

Others hold onto Christmas as long as they can.  I once read of a family who kept Christmas lights burning all the way through March because their son was to return home from the war and they wanted him to be able to celebrate his favorite holiday as though he never missed it.

But whether lights stay up or stay off is not the point my sermon Sunday. One of the beautiful things about the Christmas story is that it doesn’t offer just my past forgiveness and future hope, but everything I need right here, right now. And I’m not talking about My Best Life Now g-a-r-b-a-g-e.  2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” How is it that the people to whom Peter was writing to were immersed in suffering and yet it also says God has given them all they need? I will be trying to answer that question this Sunday.

Along with that I am going to briefly mention the 5 things God has given us the power to break free from:

  1. Fear
  2. Regret
  3. Discouragement
  4. Denial
  5. Desire for control

Peter finishes his thoughts with these words: “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”  Prayers are appreciated as always. And thanks.

 

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa notes says:

    Sounds like a powerful sermon to remind people of the strongholds that God can break off of us. Praying for you.
    I’m one of those who keeps my Christmas decorations up at least another week. But then I want it all down and put away as quickly as possible. 🙂

  2. Lights will stay up for a few more days here, Bill. Praying for you and your sermon, my friend!
    Blessings!

  3. Ed Damas says:

    The only lights here this year is on the Christmas tree. My nieces and sister-in-law did an awesome job on it. I left off decorating outside as I normally did because my feet can’t handle the ladder anymore.

    I don’t understand how I can be diligent in my work as a Christian. I know I should be out there in the highways and byways preaching the gospel. But I am an introvert mostly, always have been. I do enjoy surrounding myself with people though. I know my sister is always after me to witness to people.

    Praying for you always Bill. Happy New Year!