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Monday, January 10, 2022

Winter rainbow
Early yesterday morning at sunrise for just a few minutes we had a winter rainbow in front of our home!

"One Thing I Do Know"

Message summary: Today, above all may we all have an experiential knowledge about the most important matter in life: our heart’s condition with God and His only remedy for that condition.

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“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25).

John NewtonAs John Newton, who wrote Amazing Grace, aged his memory began to fail him. This is dramatized in a poignant scene from the movie "Amazing Grace" when Newton is shown in his aged condition declaring, “Although my memory is fading I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

His sight is also fading when he quotes a line from his most famous hymn, “I once was blind but now I see”. He then asks, “Did I write that?” He was assured, “Yes, indeed, you wrote those very words.” Newton responded, “Now at last it’s true.”

What do you know today? Well, surely that varies among our readers. Some of you know a little about a lot of different subjects; others know a lot about only a few subjects. Experts abound, but in many cases "experts" spout entirely contrary positions. We see this often in the media, in the courtroom, in medicine, and even when it comes to matters of faith.

Yesterday our pastor shared about an experience in seminary when he was faced with a faith crisis. Essentially he was troubled that earnest Christians were not in agreement on a number of secondary issues. In working through his faith crisis he finally found peace when he realized there was agreement on the main things and it's the main thing that counts. So it's vitally important to understand the main things!

Though there may be variances among the Christian population regarding particular matters of the faith there must be agreement about the most important matter in life: our heart’s condition with God and His only remedy for that condition.

John 9 records the miraculous healing of a man blind from birth. Although the account clearly deals with a literal physical healing of blindness it is very instructive in regard to spiritual healing of blindness as well.

Jesus had wondrously healed and saved this man, who then became the subject for various attacks from the Pharisees. After his healing, instead of rejoicing, the religious leaders (experts in the law) picked this man and his healing apart! What’s the man's background? What was the cause of his blindness? Did he know the background of the one who healed him?

Well, the formerly blind man knew the answers to some of these questions but to others he hadn’t the faintest idea. That's the way it is in life. Do you know everything?

John 9:25His response to the critical, negative religious leaders is so powerful: “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” This is experiential knowledge. He knew the physical condition of his life before the healing; he was blind. And he certainly experienced his radically changed condition afterwards; he could see!

Attacks against our faith in Christ abound just as they always have. This is especially true today as we’re seeing more and more attacks through the media, entertainment and academia. Sadly our own government and public education system here in America is increasingly part of the attack. People of faith in Christ are often portrayed as ignorant and out of touch. As the pace of decadence hastens, sometimes referred to as the moral cliff, those who hold to Biblical standards are portrayed as hateful, mean-spirited and intolerant.

The attacks will also come as you live out your Christian experience. How vital to have a bedrock knowledge of the spiritual reality and assurance of our salvation. Much like a machine gun the devil barrages us with his bullets of fear, doubt, jealousy, strife and a host of other emotions seeking to diminish or fully abolish our hope and lead our soul astray.

In response to the enemy’s attacks let us declare along with the healed blind man, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

If we, like John Newton, remember nothing more at the end of our lives than this spiritual truth: “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Saviour” we have remembered the most important truth of our human existence. It loosens our chains that held us captive to sin and is the key to life evermore with our Great Savior where we will experience His unending love, His amazing grace, and His splendid provisions for all eternity.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, I thank You for the marvelous transaction that took place when You delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of Your Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. There is no earthly transaction that will ever bring about such a major change in my life or affect my future such as Your mighty deliverance. I was lost in darkness without hope but now, because of Your glorious deliverance and transfer, I walk in endless hope in the radiant light of Jesus. I once was blind but now I see and have been found by Your love and kept by Your grace. Praise be to Your name! Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Amazing Grace"  Video  50 Countries Sing Amazing Grace ALL OVER the WORLD

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see. (Newton)

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me.
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace. (Tomlin)

"Approach My Soul, The Mercy Seat"  Video  Jamie Barnes (Song written by John Newton)  Lois introduced this song to us with this comment, "The lyrics feed my soul- another reminder for me and why I can remain unshaken."

"He Saw It All"  Video  The Booth Brothers  Songwriter Daryl C. Mosley captures the miraculous setting of Jesus healing the man blind from birth especially in this line, "Ask the blind man, he saw it all..."

Winter rainbow (Jeanette Rutt)
Our neighbor Jeanette Rutt saw the same rainbow I did yesterday morning but managed to get the entire arch from her backyard.

Female cardinal, Lamar Dourte
Looks like this female cardinal is getting her fill of bird seed while the ground is covered in snow. Photo taken by Lamar Dourte.

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