Sunday, July 02, 2006

Darkness and Death to Illumination and Life

Today's Topic: The Big Day

The screen went blank.

Strange, Mr. Anyabwile was still reading the Scripture. What happened?

I found out later what happened. The plastic cover for some "don't touch" buttons on the lighting board lost its hinge a while back and was no longer connected to the light console. Our lighting operator picked up her Bible which caught the edge of the plastic cover, flipping the cover up and onto the "CLEAR" button, clearing all cues and sending the entire house and all the tv monitors into darkness. Thankfully, she recovered quickly and got the lights back on.

At those moments, I just shrug. What can you do?

Replace the hinge. Encourage care when reading a Bible by the lighting board. That's about it.

Such things happen.

It was an unfortunate incident, but a strangely appropriate momentary illustration of the passage Thabiti Anyabwile, from Capital Hill Baptist Church, was reading from, Ephesians 2:1-10.
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience -- among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ -- by grace you have been saved -- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
We were dead. But God -- this was his main point today -- but God made us alive. He shared his wonderful story of redemption through Jesus Christ as he changed from worldly unbeliever to angry nominal Christian to self-disciplined Muslim and then finally to a sinner saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. You can hear his testimony and his message here in the near future.

He, like all of us, was in darkness and death, but God brought illumination and life.

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