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Thursday, 10 April 2014

The Joy Challenge: Wednesday 9th April 2014

Today we had the privilege of spending time with Chris Duffet, and his friend Edward, from The Light Project. Each email he sends is a reminder to 'Be the Light,' to be those we were called to be, and to call others to share in the light that we have been given. There is something marvellously, joyfully subversive about being children of the light, of the day (1 Thessalonians 5:5) in a dark world, a confused and hurting generation (Philippians 2:15). We are those who, through Jesus, now know the one who lives in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16) and have ourselves become bearers of that same light. We are lights on the hills of our cities, much needed beacons of Christ deliberately placed in our communities. The same power that raised Christ Jesus the grave - yes, that same resurrection, death conquering power - lives in us. (Ephesians 1:19-20)

This is utterly bonkers.

But it is also the truth.

More wise words from Newbiggin: "The only hermeneutic of the gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live by it."

And so, arise and SHINE (Isaiah 60:1). Put on the armour that God himself dons (Isaiah 59). Be clothed with love and faith as a breastplate, and place the hope of salvation firmly upon your head as a helmet. (1 Thessalonians 5:8) Live a life today that provokes questions. Why such hope, such love, such joy, such irresistible shiny-ness? For the only way to answer (1 Peter 3:15), the only explanation for our inexplicable light, must be to point back to the Lamb of God, the Light of the World, the one in whose light we have believed. Let us put our trust in His light today, so that we become children of Light. (John 12:36)

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