Seize the Moment! – Day 8

Shine Bright in this Dark Night!

Matthew 7


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and I am reaching out to you today with a message of faith, hope, and love.


Today is Wednesday, March 25. Today is the Day the Lord has made, let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it.


Years ago, we were tent camping in the Badlands. The night sky was captivating! I was overwhelmed with wonder at the vast multitude of individual lights that were piercing the darkness of that pitch black night. It was a holy moment that changed my focus, in an instant.


I learned that the darker it gets, the brighter the stars shine!


Many of us are scared, disappointed, and overwhelmed, right now. That is real and there is no denying it. This is one of those times where it is easier to stay in the comfort and safety of our “tent” because it is cold and dark out there.


But, there is something waiting to captivate us and change our focus in an instant: It is the awe-inspiring love of God!


Just as a vast multitude of individual lights pierce the darkness of the pitch black night, so God’s love pierces the darkness of our current world situation when we, a vast multitude of individual lights, proclaim God’s love in practical ways.




Jesus invites us in Matthew 7:12, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.” And you thought your mother made that up… J


You are called to be one of the lights that pierces the darkness. But you have to get out of your “tent” to shine the love of God to another person. Yes, it is really dark out there, but trust me: The darker it gets, the brighter the stars shine!


Seize the Moment: Shine!


God loves you with an everlasting love. I am personally praying for you… Please dial the number at the bottom of this page if you would like a personal phone call and someone from First Baptist Church will get back to you as soon as possible.


God bless you.


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