Minister’s Message: Let light shine through your life

Sunlight and the warmth from the sun are wonderful treats; finally increasing together. This time of year holds so much hope of a bright spring and warm summer. The rising sun is marching northward on the eastern horizon. It makes that trek every spring and back again every fall.

Light is an awesome aspect of creation. “Let there be light,” God proclaimed in the beginning. The gospel of John continued that view of light; “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).

The exploration of the universe today is aided by the presence of light and its various energies. Space probes and telescopes provide amazing photos of space. Some space entities emit light, and some reflect it. Psalm 147:4 says “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” That is an amazing truth, but even more wonderful is that he knows us and he has the answer to our needs. Verse three of that chapter states his amazing work, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

God clothes himself with light according to Psalm 104:2. John declared, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). It is this light that can make such a difference for us.

Jesus claimed, “I am the light of the world.” He shared that light by forgiving sin, healing the sick, and resurrecting the dead. His work goes on yet today. Spiritual light is vital to eternal life. Colossians 1:12-13 promises that we can be “partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” This is made possible because He “delivered us from the power of darkness.” Despondency, despair, and depression have darkness as their companion. Life need not be lived in darkness, spiritual or natural.

Edith Wharton said, “There are two ways of spreading light; to be a candle or the mirror reflecting it.” Wise advice says it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. A candle doesn’t lose any light when it lights another. Light is shared and its cumulative affect increased. The psalmist David affirmed, “For thou wilt light my candle; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness” (See Psalm 18:28).

Night photos of the earth from the orbiting International Space Station show enormous areas of light in the location of a metropolis. Does more artificial light than true spiritual light exist today? A variety of light bulbs are being manufactured now, so manmade light will continue to increase. I hope there is a corresponding increase of spiritual light from Jesus for us.

Let light from God and his word shine in and through your life. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus can be light for us now and he will be the eternal light in the heavenly realm.

 

Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Services on Sunday include Bible classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible study is at 7:00 p.m. (sterlingpentecostalchurch.com)

More in Life

Sheryl Maree Reily speaks last Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, about the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. Reily was a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence who did an installation and video for the exhbit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Peatlands exhibit at Pratt merges art and conservation

The exhibit caps a yearslong effort to identify a locally sustainable way to reduce or capture carbon emissions

Seasoned spinach, sauteed mushrooms and onion, acorn jelly, seasoned mung bean sprouts, stir-fried dried anchovies and peanuts, pickled radish, fried zucchini, fried shrimp pancakes, and beef and radish soup were featured in the author’s celebration of Chuseok. The traditional Korean harvest festival dates to antiquity and pays homage to Korea’s ancient farming roots and was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Sharing a harvest feast

Chuseok, a traditional Korean harvest festival, dates to antiquity and pays homage to Korea’s ancient farming roots.

Will Morrow (courtesy)
Forever young

I have sometimes wondered if I did, in fact, squander my youth.

A still from "Fantastic Fungi," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)
Roll ‘em: DocFest returns for 17th year

Homer Documentary Film Festival returns with COVID-19 precautions and a solid line up of films.

Cooked by a combination of pan frying and steaming, delicate tofu and vegetable dumplings require a delicate hand and patience. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Chubby bites of goodness

Pan-fried and steamed tofu and vegetable dumplings take patience and practice.

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: The inside story regarding moose

Moose derive their name from the Native American word, “Moswa,” meaning “twig eater.”

File
Minister’s Message: The myth of ‘success’

Take time to consider what really matters.

“Reimagine,” the 17th annual Burning Basket, catches fire in a field on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, near Homer. Artist Mavis Muller intended to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube the burning of the basket, but because of technical difficulties that didn’t happen. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
‘Recover’ brings Burning Basket back to Spit

Basket in a time of pandemic will seek to rebuild community, organizer says.

Homemade lemon curd and fruit are an easy way to fill puff pastry tart shells on the fly. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: When life gives you puff pastry … make lemon curd

By my own necessity I have become resourceful, adaptable and a creative problem-solver.

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: The final frontier

I never once even considered that in my lifetime it might be possible to exist in outer space …

Alaska felt artist Ruthie Ost Towner is pictured in this undated photo. Towner’s work is on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center through September. (Photo courtesy Naomi Gaede-Penner)
Alaska felt artist Ruthie Ost Towner is pictured in this undated photo. Towner’s work is on display at the Soldotna Visitor Center through September. (Photo courtesy Naomi Gaede-Penner)
Preserving the past with felt: Ruth Ost Towner

Ruthie untwists her thread, straightens her shoulders, reaches for a cup of coffee, and calculates her felt-making outcome.

The “Reindeer Man” exhibit featuring work by Kenai Art Center Executive Director Alex Rydlinski can be seen on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alex Rydlinski)
From birth to slaughter

Kenai Art Center exhibit chronicles a reindeer’s life