Light of the World

"You are the light of the world,"
He unhesitatingly said.
Your task is to speak the word
Reversing darkness and death.
Words are lamps, words are light
They bring healing, they give sight.

In a world of ideas, dark and dead
The breath of the Spirit is the light of life.
In a life so wrecked by sin's evil web
The word of the Spirit is the Healer's knife.
The word is in your mouth, so let it out
In speaking and writing, say it loud!

Words are lamps, words are light
They bring healing, they give sight.

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The 4 Pillars of Faith

Rev 2:4-5 NHEB 4 But I have this against you, that you left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I am coming to you, and will move your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent. 
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Evidence and intellectual assent alone is not faith.
Passion and zeal alone is not faith.
Faithfulness alone is not faith.
Diligent labor alone is not faith.

Faith requires all. 

TRUTH.(1Tim.2:7; Jn.8:32) - Cognition
LOVE (Gal.5:6; I Pet.1:8) - Affection
PATIENCE (Heb.6:12; James 1:4) - Duration
WORKS (James 2:17) - Action

Faith without truth is blind
Faith without love is heartless
Faith without patience is weak
Faith without works is dead

Believing is knowing
Believing is loving
Believing is staying
Believing is doing

Faith is consistent both logically and temporally (in thought and through time). 

Doubt is fearful, fluctuating, failing, faithless.

Blessed are those who believe, love, labour, enduring the fiery trials, with joy inexpressible full of glory!!

When love seems lost, recall that first love, repent from and renounce the things that created this love-distancing, do those first works of love, and by doing love will relive and thrive....

*The lampstand, menorah, is the Spirit of Christ in us. Do not quench. Do not grieve. Live and walk in the Spirit.

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The centrality of faith: resurrection

And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
I Corinthians 15:17 NKJV

The Bible records the testimonies of those who saw Christ alive and proclaimed alive not only by angels but by Himself along with what they perceived as "irrefutable proofs" which included not only His consuming broiled fish and honeycomb (Lk 24.42,43) but also His unveiling of the OT prophecies regarding His death and resurrection.

The resurrection of Christ is proof of the annulment of curse and the defeat of death serving as the guarantee of the blessed hope. The evidences were and are extremely extraordinary since the miracle was extraordinary. These included the rolled stone and pronouncements by dazzling angels, the several appearances of t Christ with physical contact and traces (fish eaten = physical data), His group teaching, ascension and further announcements by angels. In addition, the pouring of the Spirit on Pentecost todayand confirming signs and miracles attest to the power of the living Christ. All of which were and testifiesrecorded.

Now, to rule out those evidences would only be possible through a discrediting of the Gospels and NT writings. But, that would hard to accomplish without first discrediting every other ancient work (e.g Platao) which are far weaker in credibility than the NT manuscripts. 

And in addition, the proofs weren't just given 2000 years ago. The proof lives today through the Spirit in us who works and testifies if the Son...

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