Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. ... And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with every-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
When Moses came down Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments, his face radiated the brilliance of the God with whom he had just met. And yet the old covenant that he brought with him doesn't hold a candle to the new covenant, which Christ has revealed to each new believer. The sun is impressive in the day, but its power can also be seen at night through its reflection off the moon. If you have met Him already, is your life reflecting the light of God?
Author: Mark Dwyer
"You are the light of the world..." (Matt 5:14a)
In other passages of scripture Jesus called himself the Light of the World. But here in the famed "Sermon on the Mount" Jesus uses this phrase to describe his followers. Jesus knew that His time on earth was limited, and that He would leave His Spirit to empower His followers. He also knew that the prejudice, injustice, war, poverty, ignorance, apathy and tyranny of this world - the "darkness" - would not subside. He knew that those who follow Him must be THE light to this dark world.
Sometimes I feel like the light shines the brightest through me when I'm in church, but I hide it when I'm in the world. How backwards is that?! I am a follower of the only source of Light, and He's depending on me to shine it in the darkness. How about you? Are you the light of the world, or just a flickering bulb in the middle of a well-lit room?
Author: Mark Dwyer
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)
Memorial Day is the sign of good weather and a chance to get out of our houses, reconnect with neighbors and friends, and play some golf! More importantly, it's a day to remember all of the people that went before us, fighting for the freedom that we often take for granted. I am grateful to all of the veterans that play golf with us and for all of the people who have paid the ultimate price so that we can, among countless other things, freely discuss God on the golf course.
Let's not forget the greatest sacrifice ever made for our freedom - that of Jesus on the cross. Because of Him we have the ability to unashamedly approach God both on this earth and for eternity. He has freed us from not only certain eternal death but also from the sin that robs us of the real life that He intended.
So as we golf together this year, let's not forget the people that have fought for the life we can enjoy today. Is there someone that you remember on Memorial Day? If you would like, please take a moment to add a comment in honor of a fallen veteran.
Author: Mark Dwyer
I have found that life can have its up and it downs. Its peaks and valleys. Joy and pain is part of living life upon this earth. So how do you keep a cross-centered life amidst the drizzle? How do you keep the passion for Christ alive in your heart no matter what you face in life? C.J. Mahoney gave me some good insight in his book today I will pass along to you. It's all concerning the Gospel, which means "good news." For those who don't know, the good news is that Jesus Christ saves! That's the Gospel. What are C.J.'s five keys to keeping the fire alive? Memorize the Gospel. Pray the Gospel. Sing the Gospel. Review how the Gospel has changed you. Lastly, study the Gospel. I needed to hear that today. Maybe you, too. See you on the tee box!
Author: Ben De Boef
Brett Lilly - Campus Pastor at Compass Church (95th campus), husband, father