October 7, 2020
1 John 1:5-10
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
New International Version (NIV)
          My dad has a way of talking.  In fact, my brothers and I have passed on some of his particular expressions to the next generation of the Brooks family.   Our children and grandchildren need to know, “Rise and shine.  The day is a wastin’”, and “If you do that again, I am going to ‘bring smoke’ on you”.  I know things can be lost in translation but, our dad Jake’s Ozark mountain expressions give my brothers and me a common language.
          John also had a way of talking.  In the prologue to his gospel and in this, the first of his epistles, the Apostle and Elder John writes about life and light and joy.  John had seen Jesus with his own eyes and touched him with his own hands.  Now he wrote to a new generation of believers encouraging them to walk in the light.  
          Believers in the first and twenty-first centuries have some of the same struggles.  How do we live as Christians in a largely non-Christian world?  The motto, “If you can’t beat them, join them”, is the wrong approach for believers.  Our connection with the God who is light still illumines our relationships with others.
          We also live in the truth.  In our day admitting mistakes is often seen as a sign of weakness.  We go to great lengths to create the impression that we are blameless.  As our world grows increasingly binary, we don’t want to weaponize our opposition by revealing our mistakes. 
          John is clear:  if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  Only in confession of our sins do we find the faithfulness of God sufficient for our forgiveness.  Anyone who refuses to acknowledge their sin is not just lying to themselves and others, but calling God a liar.  An Ozark mountain translation would say that such self-deception will eventually result in God “bringing smoke” on us.  Whatever that means, we don’t want it!  So let’s rise and shine.  The day is a wastin’.  
Pray with me:         
Father, we thank you for light and life and love today.  Help us to reflect your light without causing more heat in an overheated world.  Help us to live the life that Jesus lived today by the power of your Holy Spirit.  And help us to love others the same way you have loved us today.  Forgive us our sins in the same way we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.   
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:5-6
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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