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Friday, June 10, 2022

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Message summary: Today we consider this wonderful truth we can each personalize: God has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins.

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"For He rescued us from the dominion of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13).

Yesterday I had an appointment for physical therapy regarding my shoulder injury from my bike accident several weeks ago. It was along Main Street in Mount Joy and during the appointment several fire and rescue vehicles raced by in front of the building. I commented to the therapist that there must have been something big that happened. Indeed there was, but not what you would expect!

When I got home I got a notification that first responders rescued two people stuck in a chocolate factory tank in Elizabethtown just a few miles west of us. This factory makes multiple products many of us enjoy, including M&M's, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and Dove chocolate bars. I sure hope they clean that tank out really good before resuming production!

They were safely rescued but taken to the hospital as a precaution. So far I have not read any details about what led to the incident but it sounds rather "fishy" to me.

It was funny reading the comments on the news site:

1) Was one of them named Augustus Gloop?
2) The problem is they went inside and by the time they tried to leave they had gained 600 pounds.
3) Were they filming for a movie?
4) They were removing all the W's out of the M&M's
5) Death by chocolate

Considering this rescue of these two from a tank of chocolate prompts a consideration of another successful rescue mission; when God set out to rescue the souls of the human race by sending His only begotten Son. "For He (God) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son"

Colossians 1:13"Rescue" translates the Greek word "rhuomai" which emphasizes the deliverance from peril due to a mighty act of power. In the New Testament "rhuomai" is always associated with God as the Rescuer and with a person as the object of His rescue. The wages of sin made us liable to eternal death and trapped us in the kingdom of Satan making us subject to his rule and authority placing us in bondage to our old (sin) nature inherited from Adam. God marvelously rescued us from this awful, hopeless condition.

This rescue involved a spiritual relocation "from the dominion of darkness" where, due to our sinful nature, we have all lived out our lives. But God gloriously "transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son" where we were rescued from the dominion of darkness which is Satan's realm and transferred into the kingdom of light which is Christ's realm, for He declared, "I am the light of the world"!

Today among all the noise and busyness and worries and strife and all the other peace robbers of life, let's verbalize this wonderful truth: God has rescued me from the dominion of darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of His beloved Son in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of my sins.

You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Loving Father, You rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of Your beloved Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Where would we be today without the redemptive work of Jesus who bore the pain and disgrace of our sins that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life. We give You praise now and forevermore through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Rescue Story"  Video  Zach Williams

"Rescue The Perishing"  Video  Billy & Cindy Foote

"You Alone Can Rescue"  Video  Matt Redman

Just for fun:

Scene from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate: Video 

"I Fell In A Vat Of Chocolate"  Video  Silly song/skit by the Smothers Brothers

Finally today:

Joe Herr
This morning we visited with Joe, a 6 year old prodigy who does computer work in a company we serve. In two years he will have his 7th birthday! Can anyone tell me what the year and date of his birthday is?

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