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In the darkness we were waiting 
Without hope, without light
Till from heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes 
– King of Kings

There is no doubt – we all began in darkness. In fact, the Bible tells us that the earth itself was covered in darkness. Until the Creator, the ultimate creative, came and spoke light and breathed life into His creation. 

Today, God is still breathing life into dead things. Our kind Saviour is still going about bringing light to dark places, hope to hopeless situations, possibility to impossible circumstances. But before we entered His light, we were in darkness. And before we knew true life, we were destined for death. And before coming awake, we were asleep. The Bible puts it like this: “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).

Earlier this year, our Senior Pastor, Bobbie Houston, asked the question “Do you remember the day the lights went on?” What about you? Do you remember the day you found salvation, and the weight of sin lifted off of you? The day that from heaven, Jesus came running with mercy in His eyes, ready to heal, forgive, restore, and awaken you to all of the hope, grace, peace, and joy that is life with Jesus Christ?

It is our prayer that you would remember that moment. That as you listen to the songs from this new album, the lyrics would remind you that you were once in darkness but have been brought into the light – illuminated now to illuminate others.

PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father, through Your Holy Spirit – remind me again of that moment when the lights went on. Remind me today of Your kindness and compassion towards me, and may I walk in the mercy and grace bestowed on me in order to bestow it upon others. Thank You for the gift of Your light.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

SUGGESTED LISTENING:

King of Kings, Awake, 2019

A CHURCH THAT CARES

Living Love – Week of October 9

A Church That Cares 

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 
— 1 JOHN 3:18

If generosity became a way of life for the church you attend, what might it look like? Widows, single parents, and children of divorce would benefit from love that is expressed in practical and relational ways. Programs would focus on bringing the healing message of Christ to broken hearts. Every parishioner would feel valued for his or her gifts and encouraged to use those gifts. New ministries would develop as members saw opportunities for expressing love to those in need.

A few years ago the church where I serve began to explore ways we could love our city more effectively. We now provide weekend snacks to elementary schoolchildren who live in an impoverished neighborhood. In the fall we provide backpacks and school supplies to the same students. Other church members minister to local prisoners and their families.

At a growing church I visited in Arkansas, members created a career-link workshop to train and assist the unemployed and underemployed. Classes focused on résumé preparation, job-interview skills, career-path planning, budgeting, job-search strategies, and overcoming employment barriers. Then the church got creative about other ways to give—grilling hot dogs at an apartment complex, delivering lunches to kids, helping elderly neighbors with home maintenance.

When a church chooses to be generous in loving others, the opportunities are unlimited.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be a part of making my church community known for its generosity.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the beloved best-selling author of The Five Love Languages and Love as a Way of Life. For more information, click her

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