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Don't Whine, Shine!

C. Raymond Holmes

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C. Raymond Holmes

Pastor, missionary, retired seminary professor, and author

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  • January 1, 2010
    10:45 AM
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okay I'm going to continue even though some of the folks are not back yet because we have just one hour left and I'm trying to squeeze some hours into six slime going to have to pick up the pace a little bit to get everything covered before resumption away if so if people 's hearts are inclined toward God they will listen to our message there are two essential attributes that characterize the church of the last hour of the John brings to our attention of the church that is prepare to meet the hostility on the world and the first one is the absence of patron nonpartisan years old about Saints in one of the characteristics of the last our church is the absence of a trend we'll talk a little more about that in a minute and second the demonstration of love because if you will you cannot take and if UK hate you cannot love John says chapter two verse mining whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother that means fellow human being no matter how hostile that person may be whoever says she is a delight and hates his brother is still in the darkness whoever loves his brother abides in the light that is to say is living in God 's light which by the way is the only light all in all else's darkness but whoever hates his brother is in darkness and does not know where he is going these lost his way why John says because the darkness has blinded his on and what did Jesus say Matthew five he says do not resist the one who is evil love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your father who is in heaven that's from his famous sermon the sermon on the model you know we read that we should does he really mean that is not really possible in this world only as a means of and yes it is possible this is the principle that determines how the church of the last of our meets the demands of that hour and without which it cannot fulfill its mission whoever does not love abides in deaths John says in chapter three verse fourteen everyone waits his brother is a murderer and you know when he's drawing lines she's not equivocating and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him Jesus laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth first John three fourteen and following the spiritual reality demand is that we find the way to live faithfully as chart as clay seal the call of ones in the last hour the way of life that overcomes the world a life of love for God and for the hostile world the reality of which is demonstrated by phase settled Mays 's commandment especially in the midst of hostility not one say some we have a mixed group here much right on general appraisal more but I need to tell all of you fine and I'm eighty years old I lived through most of the twentieth century I'm aware of what agonies my country has gone through in terms of human relations I can understand I even though it's difficult but I can understand the hostility between people between races when it comes to the world of the hostile world I cannot understand it in the church in the body of Christ because like John says we know we ought to know better we are different kinds of people so when I see racism within the church malevolence cult comes from an online think I'm wise enough to know that racism is not confined to just one race up but when I see it in the life of the church it's deeply distressing to me because we don't bus about the way we know Christ when we look at each other we should see Jesus Macht color of skin we are one in him and also if if you covenant to do anything wider here enough I can make an appeal this is not an evangelistic meetings I would invite you to stand up and say I am going to live according to the principle of love for the rest of iLife and when I look at a fellow believer I'm going to see Jesus not the color of their skin or the shape of their lives and I'll come on folks let's cut that off I want to say something else although I risk making a political statement about a woman doing the you know what the best thing is about the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States because it symbolizes the fact that in this nation racism is over Donna adamantine the only problem is some folks don't believe it especially the ones who make it know who would benefit either politically or economically by perpetuating it but him him us know who understand the principles of God 's word it's over and whether you agree with the political philosophy or not that is a major factor in five of his election to the presidency and oh I'm delighted by the fact that both white and black race can claim them as their own half of them belongs to me to my race so I must covenant to do that when you agree with me among God 's people especially it's over done finished let's move on in the time we have left and do the right thing now we have learned that the world from falling humanity that is in the power of the evil one is full of hatred for God 's people and for his church and that the condition of the world in the last hour is not a widespread hostility toward God for destroying and for his people in this kind of hostility should not surprise us because we know and understand his word says don't be surprised that the world hates you we need to be ready for that and protect immunities told us that Satan is furious with the woman with the church and in Revelation twelve seventeen and went off to make war on the rest overall spring there are two essential attributes I said that characterized the church one is the absence of hatred unto the demonstration of love because if you love you cannot make and if your agent blog in other words the atmosphere in which the Christian believer lives is that of righteousness not that send this is the divine principle that determines how the church of the last hour meets the demands on that hour and without which you cannot fulfill its mission in the John characterizes the condition of the world is in darkness the world is dying in the darkness life is not possible in darkness you have to have liked to live the world has to have liked in order to survive in complete darkness nothing can be seen neither good nor evil nor danger or safety evil danger cannot be avoided in the darkness because you can see either one the safety cannot be followed for the same reason light is absolutely necessary in order to avoid danger to expose evil unrevealed social loss of the way in other words lights illumination darkness hides the contrast between darkness and light is so obvious when I get up in the middle of the night via satellite honor all stumble all over the place bump into furniture trip on my shoes darkness does not come into life light comes into darkness Genesis one versus two two four says that darkness was over the face of the deep on Jill God said let there send there was light was like a statement of darkness and God saw that the light was good and God separated the light from the darkness in the beginning all that there was was darkness darkness was there before there was anything else God did something about that he brought light into darkness light came into the darkness and I want to the motives the next time you read the account of creation God did not call darkness he called life we've always seen an allusion to the coming of Christ the deliverer as well as the great controversy in Genesis trajectory verse thirteen when God said to Satan I will put enmity between you and the woman that he shall bruise your head but there seems to be an illusion allusion to the gospel as early as Genesis chapter one the first three verses when God brings light into darkness is in that race is an school one of the people say grace the grace of God was first manifested in the New Testament story all come off like they are in first in the first four verses of the first book of the Bible she asked similar words he takes the initiative and this is the first manifestation of his grace operating on behalf of the whole universe one he brought lighting darkness Genesis one tells us that God separated the light from the darkness that God said let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night to give light upon the earth song in the mornings talking about to separate the light from the darkness not once not separation meant to make the contrast most obvious light is more powerful than darkness even the moon reflects the light of the song doesn't have its own way God created light for our book mankind was not made to exist in the darkness to live in darkness literally darkness is the absence of natural light but light is not the absence of darkness you see that God created light for our good remember when Jesus was on the cross Matthew twenty seven cents from the sixth hour that was new according to Jewish time there was darkness over all the lab over all the earth until the ninth of Jesus was crucified in the dark it was a dark deed an evil deed on the part of humanity the middle of the day there was darkness over all of your because it wasn't dark in which indeed that unnatural darkness speaks volumes concerning the evil in the human heart in spite of the fact that as John and his little is certainly little undersized I should be the third chapter of this I'm referring to the third chapter of his Gospel verses nineteen and twenty in spite of the fact that the light of Christ has come into the world people loved the darkness rather than the light why because their deeds were evil for everyone who does wicked things hates the light of those not comfortable like to list his deeds should be exposed the Bible describes darkness as a place of misery in the parable of the wedding feast just dictate it tells a servant should take a man who had no wedding garments and cast them into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth he says the Bible to Scott describes the grave as the land of darkness and the shadow the land of the Leipsic dark nest where light is as sick as darkness thoughts from Joel the tenth chapter Jesus used the contrast between light and darkness to illustrate the contrast between righteousness and lawlessness second Corinthians six Paul says no mopping on equal legal with unbelievers for what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness or what fellowship has light with our most the Adventist church 's principal was respecting marriage rests on the state and that's why our church is so careful to counsel young people don't marry someone who doesn't share the same faith that you share because if you do you're headed for trouble discord disharmony obscene and over and over my ministry young people and notes of plaque one of the things that breaks the heart of pastors more than anything else it is the responsibility to try to help all married couples preserve their union and that's hard to do if both partners are not committed to the same principles darkness characterizes the condition of the whole world that lies in the power of the evil one has John puts it one side than the depressing picture what would physical life be like if there was only dark not pleasant depressed and don't you feel better one sunshine will be cloudy today but I would watch the weather report this morning on so Sunday is going to be sunny all day on ads at all on Sunday I drive start driving home those in sunshine lift your spirits when spring comes you feel so right Journal days are getting longer you have more light more warm soulful song in first John we find that God is love first chapter four verse eight but we also find that God is light chapter one verse five and in him there is no darkness at all John says one everything in the last hour appears dark and forbidding and fearful that some mighty good news to hear that God is light and in him there is no dark God brings light into the darkness of the world how does he do that number one first of all by his own presence because she is liked and then secondly the coming of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah when he said our repeated by Jesus in Chapter four of Matthew verse sixteen that the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death on them all light shine as dong Jesus said I am the light of the world whoever follows me will not walk in dark us but will have the light of life he is the light of the world he is my life your life in the number three in the last hour God 's people have a special role to play acts thirteen forty seven since I have made you a life that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth when you surrendered to Jesus and were baptized the little light in you Jesus unto his disciples you are the light of the world let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father to get credit discredited figure father was into the darkness of the world in the last hour is not limited the time for his people to wring their hands and hold is this fair it's time to shine instead of wine God 's people do not join the rest of the world and it's whining and complaining because as he said we already are liked so let it shine be what you are being what you claim to be that's the final opportunity for those that are in the life 's or let our light to be what they are like the one God has made them to be John makes it absolutely clear clear of walking in the light is like and what it is meant to accomplish the says the darkness is passing away because the true light is already shining light is needed the most when the darkness is the deepest that's why he's celebrities one who says he is a polite and hates his brother is fellow human beings no matter how hostile a person like me is still in the darkness corner loves his brother abides in the light is living in God 's light which is the only light around and in him there is no cause first only but whoever hates his brother is in the darkness with everybody else walks in the darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes he cannot see cannot even see the difference between darkness and light love your enemies Jesus and pray for those who persecute you that is real life in darkness but because in the darkness of hostility and hatred watch real-life this is not what I'm sharing with you is not just theological ideas which is a matter of the head remember I said when's in mind that if you come to the this will bring you on your heart this is not just theological ideas this is a religious experience but I'm talking about which is a matter of the heart middle John tells us to practice righteousness how can you do that if you are not righteous it got how do you become righteous by surrendering your whole being so the one who is righteous Jesus there is sometimes a big difference between our beliefs that is our doctrines and our religion so James says if anyone thinks he is religious but concedes his heart this person 's religion is worthless and John enlarges what it means to be in the lifetime abide in the life when he says in chapter two verse twenty eight and now little children abide in him abide in Christ state with him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at this company if you know that he is righteous you may be sure that everyone practices righteousness has been born of him but this has been really born again whoever does not practice righteousness he says his amount of God nor is the one who does not love his brother or sister then he says we know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brothers whatever does not love abides in desk everyone who hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him by this we know in renal law that the Christ laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth and by this we shall know that we are all doctrine of talking here about religion know about the so what we are called to do in the last dollar in the face of hatred and hostility is the law yes love those who are hostile toward us because Jesus does love your enemies and pray for look at chapter four beginning with verse seven beloved let us love one another for love is from God and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love in this the love of God was made manifest among us that God sent his only son into the world so that we might live through him and this is love not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins beloved if God so loved us we also ought to love one another no one has ever seen God if we love one another God abides in law sent his love is perfected in us my Disney mold that we abide in him and he in us because he has given us of his spirits and we have seen and testify that the father has sent his son to be the Savior of the world whoever confesses that Jesus is the son of God whoever God abides in him and he in God soul we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him by this is love perfected with us so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment because as he is so also are we in this world there is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear is that there is no fear in love we don't have to be afraid to love one another this is this is pure divine love that he's talking we love because he first loved us if anyone says I love God and hates his brother is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen them chapter five beginning with verse four four everyone was been born of God overcomes the world overcomes that kind of worldly thinking I'm the kind of worldly living and this is the victory that so the world our faith is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the sum of golf this is what it means to be sanctified in the truth that God 's truth has become our way of life and when that happens like comes into darkness the dark world hates God and his people because it is apparent that they are not of the world and what does that mean an reason we don't follow the world 's philosophy or participate in its way of life we are in the world amount of the world as has been said so many times for what purpose we have a missions of the demands of which are the greatest in the last hour Jesus I sent us into the world to be light and insult going to reveal his light and exposed works of darkness and when you do that you invite hostility it's inevitable let's be ready for it but let's do what God calls the purpose sold that the world may believe that you father had sent me as Jesus says and loved them even as you loved me this is one level of the faithful divine will sacrificial love Snohomish light shines the brightest one the darkness is the deepest just as darkness and hate are synonymous for white envelope are some on the danger of danger is stuck to reject this whole also refused to fulfill this demand of the last our mission matter what the cost would be to sink back into darkness which is the dominion of the devil who is the source of all hatred and all hostility by this it is evident since John who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil this instructor three verse ten whoever does not practice righteousness especially in the most difficult of times is not of God nor is the one who does not love his brother Ellen White wrote Glover loves God supremely and his neighbor as himself is cheating the Commandments of God although he has to meet the annoyances that will come from a fallen world yet he is not discouraged across Christ has set on half overcome the world that's all I have to say I promised that I would share what I have found in John I've done my best to do that I trust that it has been meaningful to you you are determined to live in the light as the light I would like to do what I used to do when I was a Lutheran minister which I finished all really practice not that it's wrong we just open with pencil but like I said in the beginning the thing that I miss the most about teaching in the seminary 's students and my relationship with the students so I would like to promote stability on you as we depart today after we do that I'll be willing to stick my for little bit if you have any questions comments that you'd like to make a ball your hearts to God and receive his benediction the Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace in the name of the father and of the son of the Holy Spirit on her this was an audio verse fourteen license generation and Chrysler are you would like to learn more about you might see please visit www. received lifestyle that I will review like this more free online service please visit www. audio verse got more

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