When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 (NIV)


"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin." I John 1:7 (NIV)

To walk in the light is to be true to the Word of God and to strive to live in the manner in which God would have us live.  Christians live in that light and through their common faith in Jesus Christ they all share the same light.  This bond among Christians shows that they belong to God and are united with each other.  By his death, Jesus has taken away our sins, but we must believe in Him.  Nobody can be perfect while they are here on earth, but God forgives those who believe.  He makes them clean from all sin.  Walking in the light allows us to build up fellowship with other believers.  When the light shines on us, it reflects on others also.

It is a blessing to be part of such a community but it is also a responsibility.  We must be there for each other upholding and affirming one another in prayer, reaching out in times of need, offering help in tangible and useful ways, supporting those around us, and bearing one another's burdens.  Those gifts to each other will truly be the mark that binds us together in the light even in the darkest of moments.

Give praise to God and thank Him for allowing you to be a part of such a special family.  And also remember that God wishes for all to walk in His light, therefore, as much as we love our church family we must seek to expand it.  Let us not shy away from those out there among us needing to know the light of Jesus Christ.  Take your light into the community and we will grow not only our family here at Copper Hill but the family and Kingdom of God as well.

Prayer:  God, with you there is no darkness.  Your character has no shadows, and you are pure and good.  Yet in our broken world, we see so much darkness around us.  Bring your light and restoring presence to the dark places in our lives.  Bring your hope to hearts that feel defeated.  Bring your love and compassion to those in pain.  May your light of hope shine in the darkness for families today.  Show us glimpses of your presence with us and the comfort you bring.  Open our eyes to see you at work today.  Give us your light.  In Jesus name, Amen.


Pastor Bill