By: College President, Dr. Mark O’Farrell
January 31, 2022
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A New Year … 2022
The Year 2022 has arrived! It is filled with new opportunities and discoveries. There are new possibilities for God’s Honor and Glory on the horizon. In the midst of this ‘newness’ there are new challenges in the form of dead ends, detours, and disturbances. It simply is spelled ‘Difficulties.’ God, in His wisdom, has kept us alive at this moment to represent Him and make a difference in lifting up the magnificence of Jesus Christ. He is Alive, on the Throne, in the ‘Know’ and … Coming Back! Contemplate these statements from the Lord Jesus for this New Year:
“…I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
“…I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 NKJV
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV
With the unmatched rhetoric of today that demonstrates the unhinged thinking processes in play, there is a ‘false light’ that demonstrates darkness. One thinks he or she has the ‘light’ (truth), but it is simply ‘darkness.’ Darkness appears as thoughts, statements, or philosophies with no understanding of results and ramifications of the action declared. It is like driving a ‘car off the cliff with the understanding that the road continues.’ It is frightening and ridiculous at the same time. Jesus warned of this: “…if the light (sight, understanding) that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Today there is much ‘darkness’ that is considered ‘light.’ It is seen culturally, religiously, politically, and practically! It is powerful and demanding. It is self-centered for self-gain. Only Jesus as the ‘Light’ can set one free to SEE THIS! It is His teachings and actions that demonstrate the truth and principles under the events that are occurring. That is why He said:
“He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness; but have the light of life.”
The ‘Light of Life’ is knowing the TRUTH. It is knowing the REALNESS of life. It is knowing the PURPOSE of life. It is knowing the PLAN within eternity. It is knowing ETERNAL THINGS. It is
knowing the THINGS OF GOD. Jesus is the TRUTH on these matters. He gives light, illuminance to these matters with NO ERROR. What do I do with this Knowledge in this NEW YEAR?
1. Study and Muse on the sayings and teachings of Jesus.
2. Understand and Review what and why He did what He did in events and circumstances.
3. Recognize and Rejoice that YOU are loved by Him and you KNOW who is in charge
4. Pray and Worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, doing HIS WORK
5. Watch and Listen carefully for HIS SOON COMING!
Billy Graham portrays the following:
Jesus says: “Don’t be afraid. I’m alive, and I’m here to help you. The Cross shows the depth of My Love, and the Resurrection shows the depth of MY power. Nothing can ever separate you from Me.” And this will PREACH!!