The Light That Dispels Darkness

The Light That Dispels Darkness

For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people, but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:2 Driving down the streets of Pleasant Grove in Dallas, TX is similar to entering a third world nation, at least for this middle-class white girl. Somehow I escaped the drug scene at school, and even in college, where drinking was the social norm, I never enjoyed the feeling of drunkenness. I cannot relate to the overwhelming sense of darkness because I grew up in the light. When I was a child, I readily received Jesus as Lord and Savior, and had child-like faith, believing that Jesus cared and wanted to release people from oppression and sickness. But attending church in the inner city has opened my eyes to the pervasive darkness and hopelessness. People living in the grip of poverty – generation upon generation – is inconceivably heart-wrenching. The struggles these dear ones face...
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The Messenger of the Covenant

The Messenger of the Covenant

“Behold I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord. Malachi 3:1 The theme continues! The people (and not just any people, because here in Malachi, we are talking about the priesthood – the ones who out of all people, should’ve been serving the Lord from love) continue to rebel and misrepresent God. Some three hundred years after Isaiah prophesied about a forerunner of the Messiah, Malachi prophesies the exact same thing: God's messenger to prepare the way for the King, Savior, and Deliverer. I love this about the Lord. Time and space are no barrier to Him. His Spirit is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Three hundred years passed, a whole new generation of people came on the scene, and God is still saying the same thing. Humanity continues...
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The Messenger

The Messenger

The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 How can one be saved unless there is a messenger? How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:15 The message of salvation is the most important message of all time, but even it requires that there be a messenger. Before Jesus, the road to salvation was crooked. It was an impossible path of holiness and righteousness, and nobody could follow its requirements. God's plan of salvation began with a messenger proclaiming the nearness of man's deliverance. John the Baptist was that messenger. The message of salvation required action on the part of the people. They had to prepare. The messenger helped them be ready to receive. He told them to repent....
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