Sunday, January 31, 2016


January 30, 2008

If you have lived in the Hampton Roads area for any length of time, you have probably made a trip down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. One of the places many people go, while there, is Cape Hatteras to see the light house. The Cape Hatteras lighthouse was built in 1870 to warn ships of the dangerous shallows that lay off the coast. Over the past 400 years, over 300 ships have sunk in this small area known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
In the beginning, whale oil was used to produce the light then, gas vapor for a while. With the introduction of electric lights this beacon was equipped with a 1000 watt bulb that produced the light of 800,000 candles. Its light could be seen for 20 miles on a dark night.
When first built the light house was manned 365 days a year. For 129 years, 47,000 nights, its light shone without fail due to the faithfulness of those who manned it. They were called the “Keepers of the Flame.” It was their charge to keep the light lit lest ships run aground and lives be lost.
Several years ago this light house was moved several thousand feet inland to keep it from falling into the encroaching sea. It is now part of a national park and serves as a museum. It is wonderful to see but its original purpose, saving lives, is no longer being fulfilled.
In the Scriptures, the Lord often refers to salvation, faith, righteousness, as light. On the other hand, death, hell, and unbelief are associated with darkness. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 we read, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” In I Peter 2:9 we are told that God “called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” In Matthew 5 God tells us that we are the light of the world.
The bottom line is that God has given every Christian a purpose. Our purpose is to let the light of the gospel message of salvation shine forth in a world darkened by sin and unbelief. What we do, how we live, what we say should be a testimony to our Lord and Savior.
God did not put us on this earth simply to grow up, go to school, have a family and finally retire. We are here to save souls. We are the Lord’s “Keepers of the Flame.” If we are not mindful of that responsibility, we have lost our purpose. Jesus says that it is like putting a light under a bushel basket. What good is it?
Be a faithful keeper of the flame. Ask God to give you a strong faith, to let your light shine so that people will be drawn to the Savior, Jesus Christ, the Light of the world – to the glory and praise of God.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


The greatest miracle of all – the gift of God’s Son.

I would like you to pretend, for a moment, that you are an angel. (Now, I know those closest to you might find that hard to believe, but, remember, this is just pretend.)
You’re an angel living in heaven before the time Jesus was born. You’ve been given an assignment by God. The Lord asked you to serve on a special committee. He asks the committee to pick out one miracle to be done on earth and gives the following instructions: ”I want it to be special. It needs to convey my love for the people of the world. It needs to be unforgettable and something that will help everyone.” 
After some discussion, one angel says, “How about raising someone from the dead? Or maybe raising a whole cemetery? That will get their attention.” God says, “Not big enough.” Another angel says, “Make enough food to feed the whole world.”  “No.” God says, “I’m already doing that. Another angel says, “How about curing every one of their illnesses and diseases?”  “That would help a lot of people.” God says, “But, it wouldn’t be long and they would forget I had done it. I’ve seen that sort of thing happen too many times.”
Then an angel says, “How about sending your Son into the world to save the world from sin. He could become one of them. He could suffer and die for them so they might believe in him and have eternal life.”
We know that the angels didn’t come up with the plan of salvation. God devised it or set it up long before the world was created or Adam and Eve had fallen into sin. Nor was the birth of God’s Son the first miracle that God ever performed.
God has done some great miracles in the past.  He created the earth and universe in which we live.  He caused the great flood of Noah’s day which wiped a rebellious people from the earth. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt with ten amazing plagues and then he divided the Red Sea so Israel could cross safely and closed it up on the pursuing armies of the Egyptians.
But, let us never forget that the first and greatest miracle that God has done.  It was the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior.  God came into the flesh, to be one of us, to save us from our sins.   God, the maker and ruler of the universe, left the glories of heaven to become one of us, to live with us, and to die for us.  Then he rose from dead and ascended into heaven. He has promised to come back on Judgment Day to judge the living and the dead. “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved. He that believes not shall be damned.” (Mk 16:16.) 
God has the power to do as many miracles as he wants. But, what miracle could be greater than the gift of his own Son as our Savior. It proclaims his love for us. It is unforgettable. It is meant to help everyone.