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Thursday, November 16, 2023

A Light that is Hidden

Judges 2: 8-10

“8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”

One of my favorite things to do as a Pastor is to preach the children’s sermon during worship.  Sometimes the message goes over their heads but more often than not the message strikes a chord and the children immediately want to tell you how it relates to their lives at home or with their friends.  Children are faith sponges.  

We owe it to our children to pass along the faith not only in story but by our example.  Once children see that we are not living what we teach then the faith becomes worthless to them.

Joshua and his generation failed their children.  They failed to pass along the story and failed to live as examples of their faith.  And their children began to worship false gods.

Jesus told His disciples: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:15).

A light that is hidden means darkness for others.  

Share your light.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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