There’s a darkness that looms over this sad world. We feel it in the chaos of global and national events, the corruption of governments, political maneuvering, increasing crime, decreasing morality, the spread of terror, human trafficking, and the “cheapening” of life. We may also experience this darkness personally in the form of despair, hopelessness, frustration, anxiety, worry, fear, anger, depression in our own heart and soul. But all this darkness can be traced back to one diabolical source – the Enemy. Ultimately, Satan is the “prince of darkness” – author of chaos, evil, and death.
Last week we exposed Satan for who he really is. We named “the elephant” in the room. My message “This Present Darkness” reminded us of three important and revelatory truths regarding our fight against evil. I hope you were encouraged. This week I’m preaching the sequel with a powerful message entitled, “Dispelling the Darkness.” It’s a good first step for us to acknowledge the reality and presence of evil, but “How do we fight against it?” “How can we dispel and cast away the darkness?” This Sunday’s message will address these very questions and give you the “weaponry” needed to combat the darkness and win. Allow me to share five practical ways to dispel the darkness and empower you to shine for the glory of God.
But here’s the thing: The Enemy does NOT want you to come to church this Sunday. He will give you every excuse in the book because the last thing Satan wants is for you to be empowered to fight against him and win. He will make you tired; he will say you don’t have the time; he will say it won’t make a difference; he’ll give you some health issue to discourage you from coming; he’ll throw up some lame excuse. Expect it. That’s exactly where the Enemy wants you – down and discouraged, weak and ineffective for Jesus. Don’t give in! Make every effort to join us this Sunday at the service of your choice. It may take some dedication, discipline, and good old-fashioned grit. But by all means, this is a message you will not want to miss!
Traditional worship begins at 9:00 AM and will feature the singing of some of the great hymns of our heritage, plus a couple of songs by our acoustic combo. Our contemporary worship service begins at 10:45 AM and will feature worship songs led by our acoustic combo, including a couple new ones. Busy bags for children are available at both services; a nursery is also provided at the second service. Sunday school for children begins at 10:00 AM. The “Discovery Class” meets at 10:05 AM with Pastor Dave. Refreshments for all can be enjoyed between the services in our Fellowship Hall. The R.O.C.K. youth continue to sell beautiful 2018 wall calendars at $10.00/each. And, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes are due this Sunday. Our goal is 100; currently we have collected 35. Please return yours to the foyer this Sunday and give a child and his/her family the gift of Jesus this Christmas.
I look forward to seeing you and your loved ones this Sunday morning. Feel free to reach out and invite someone to join you. May our hearts be open, loving, united, and true as we prepare to worship God in spirit and truth this Sunday. Let us worship our great and wondrous God together!
Passionately in Christ,
Pastor Dave Van Netten