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You are the Light of the World.

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Matthew 514

I don't know if you've ever felt the 'lost-ness' of hell in your life - I mean really felt it? Well the truth is, some of you are there right now and inside your heart of hearts, there is pain, there is regret, there is loneliness and there is anger. Sometimes there are wounds so deep, we wonder if we can ever be whole? If we can ever move forward? If there is going to be any real sunrise in our lives ahead? And to the answer - God gives Jesus!

Right before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus said something so radical and life changing, that He literally meant for it to impact the world and change every life on planet Earth. And to change those lives, Jesus said - I want to use you!
 
There have been so many times in my own life where I've said I'm not enough! I'm too small! I can't! Every time that I begin a sentence with I can't, I'm showing that I don't understand that the subject of everything is Jesus! He's the issue and when my life begins with Jesus, then God is free to use my life to help other people discover!

Jesus sent 'us' into the world so that men and women, boys and girls would know that there is hope! That they do not have to live 'now' in the lost-ness of hell. So Jesus raised up a group of people called the church, and He did not collect the church to be a few sanctified saints who were so cold and judgmental to the world that we would be rejected and unattractive! He called us to go and be salt and light  (Matthew 5:13-16), and when the world around you is very dark, just a little light makes all the difference!
 
So, in the midst of our brokenness, Jesus said go!

 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Guys, what I want us to know is that I believe with all of my heart, and I'm committing my whole life to this truth, that we really can change our world - if we'll go living Jesus!
 
We are called to look to Jesus and have a broken heart for people who are hurting! To believe that Jesus has so looked after my interest that I am now free- free of myself, free not to live out of my own brokenness and my own issues - I am free to go now! Having gotten myself off of my hands, rather having Jesus lifted myself off my hands, I can now go out into a broken world and I can share the love of God in a way that really changes life!
 
There once was a church that so lived in the freshness of the resurrection! Jesus was so alive, so fresh and so real that they changed the world in Acts! We can be that church. In fact, if we are not that church, we are no church at all! -Dr. Drew Shofner
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You are the Light of the World.

Matthew 514

I don't know if you've ever felt the 'lost-ness' of hell in your life - I mean really felt it? Well the truth is, some of you are there right now and inside your heart of hearts, there is pain, there is regret, there is loneliness and there is anger. Sometimes there are wounds so deep, we wonder if we can ever be whole? If we can ever move forward? If there is going to be any real sunrise in our lives ahead? And to the answer - God gives Jesus!

Right before He ascended into Heaven, Jesus said something so radical and life changing, that He literally meant for it to impact the world and change every life on planet Earth. And to change those lives, Jesus said - I want to use you!
 
There have been so many times in my own life where I've said I'm not enough! I'm too small! I can't! Every time that I begin a sentence with I can't, I'm showing that I don't understand that the subject of everything is Jesus! He's the issue and when my life begins with Jesus, then God is free to use my life to help other people discover!

Jesus sent 'us' into the world so that men and women, boys and girls would know that there is hope! That they do not have to live 'now' in the lost-ness of hell. So Jesus raised up a group of people called the church, and He did not collect the church to be a few sanctified saints who were so cold and judgmental to the world that we would be rejected and unattractive! He called us to go and be salt and light  (Matthew 5:13-16), and when the world around you is very dark, just a little light makes all the difference!
 
So, in the midst of our brokenness, Jesus said go!

 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Guys, what I want us to know is that I believe with all of my heart, and I'm committing my whole life to this truth, that we really can change our world - if we'll go living Jesus!
 
We are called to look to Jesus and have a broken heart for people who are hurting! To believe that Jesus has so looked after my interest that I am now free- free of myself, free not to live out of my own brokenness and my own issues - I am free to go now! Having gotten myself off of my hands, rather having Jesus lifted myself off my hands, I can now go out into a broken world and I can share the love of God in a way that really changes life!
 
There once was a church that so lived in the freshness of the resurrection! Jesus was so alive, so fresh and so real that they changed the world in Acts! We can be that church. In fact, if we are not that church, we are no church at all! -Dr. Drew Shofner
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