Let the Son Shine In!

sunrise-04There’s just something about opening the window blinds and letting the morning sun shine in. We frame beautiful pictures of brilliant sunrises over the ocean.  We bask in it. Plants cannot live without it. It lifts our moods and gives us hope. My mother used to say the sun was “life-giving”.  Medical science now agrees that sunlight helps cure depression and provides Vitamin D which strengthens our bones and immune system!  And now they are telling us that slathering on sunscreen, blocking the sun’s rays, may actually CAUSE skin cancer rather than protect against it.  Hmmm…

The Bible tells us that in the New Jerusalem, “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” (Rev. 21:23) “I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me.” (Acts 26:13) “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” (Matt. 17:2) “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.” (Is. 60:19-20)

Feel like darkness has surrounded you? Are you tired of all the gloomy, rainy days?  (At the time of this writing, it has rained every day for over two weeks now.)  Look to Jesus – He truly is the “Light of the World”.  (John 8:12)  In Him, your future is looking brighter than ever!  Hallelujah!

No Admission Without Permission

pretty-place-chapel-new-dawn-reid-callawayIt was a picture-perfect day:  sunshine and 90 degrees.  My husband and I hopped on our motorcycle and embarked on a grand adventure to the mountains of South Carolina.  With the wind in our hair, we were finally headed toward our bucket-list destination:  “Pretty Place Chapel”.  It is a beautiful open-air chapel built onto the side of the mountain overlooking the lush valley below.  I thought it would be a great place to visit, have our own private prayer service, and perhaps make an impromptu video for our ministry Facebook page.   I had big plans!

We ascended through the tall, mountainno entry pines, following the signs directing us to the gate outside the chapel.  Finally, we had arrived!  A smiling man approached and asked if we were there for the “wedding”.  WEDDING?  My countenance suddenly fell as I reluctantly decided not to crash the event.  I admitted that no, we had not been invited.  We solemnly turned our bike around to make the two-hour voyage back home.

The ride itself was beautiful, and we plan to go back to “Pretty Place” another day.  (Perhaps we’ll call ahead next time to be sure it isn’t reserved for a private event!)  But I began to think about another gate we will all stand before at one time or another, and another wedding feast that will be taking place inside.

marriageThroughout scripture, Jesus (the Lamb of God) is referred to as the groom, and the church (those who have been saved) is pictured as His precious bride. After the rapture of the church when we will be joined together with Christ for eternity, there will be a grand celebration in heaven.  The bible calls this event the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb”.   (Revelation 19:7-9)  Just as our names were not on the list for the wedding at “Pretty Place Chapel”, if our names are not written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life”, we will not be allowed to enter through those magnificent gates of pearl.  But this time, there will not be another day to come back and try again.  There will  not be a second chance or other opportunity.

My friends, every one of us will stand before the Lord one day, whether it be when He returns for His church, or as we take our last breath on this earth.  No one knows when that moment will be  – are you ready?  If you have not yet asked the Lord to forgive your sins and save your soul, I urge you to do it today!  Tomorrow is not promised anyone.  We are but a mere breath away from those brilliant gates before the Kingdom of God.  Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?  Will those gates open for you, or will you be turned away?  Make sure to give your life to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Where you spend eternity depends on it!  He loves you so much that He gave His life to spend eternity with you.

Hope to see you at the wedding!



Shall We Fear a Loving God?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” (Ps. 111:10, Pvbs. 1:7, Pvbs. 9:10) “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
Yes, God is love, and has saved us through Jesus in His abundant mercy and grace. But there is a blatant lack of fear in our world today, and even inside our churches. There is no “reverential” fear anymore. This “I can do what I want” attitude is not only running rampant, but is deadly. That’s cheap grace and is very dangerous. The wrath of God IS coming on the sons of disobedience. Jesus said if we love Him, we will obey His commandments.
But aren’t we free in Christ? YES! We are free from the bondage sin has over our lives, but we are not free to continue to live in sin without consequences. Paul asked if we should continue in sin so that grace may abound. And the answer is a resounding “Absolutely not!”, and “God forbid!” (Romans 6)
Jesus loves us so much that He gave His own life to save us. But what was His message? “Repent!” “Go, and sin no more.”
If you are still struggling in certain areas or sin(s) in your life, ask the Lord to help you through His Holy Spirit to overcome, and He will! He IS the chain-breaker! He IS the way-maker. Remember, we are new creatures in Christ. The new has come, the old has passed away. HALLELUJAH!