January 31, 2021
preached by Pastor Doug Cooper
Time of Reflection Quotations
“Christ never failed to distinguish between doubt and unbelief. Doubt is can’t believe. Unbelief is won’t believe. Doubt is honesty. Unbelief is obstinacy. Doubt is looking for light. Unbelief is content with darkness.”
~ Henry Drummond (1851-1897), Scottish evangelist, biologist, writer and lecturer.
“In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe, and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”
~ Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer and theologian
“This life’s dim window of the Soul
Distorts the Heavens from Pole to Pole
And leads you to believe a Lie
When you see with, not thru, the eye.”
~ William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter, and printmaker
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
~ Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), Persian poet and Sufi mystic.
“The Cross showed man at his worst, and there Jesus shows God at His redemptive best. The cruelest, darkest word that life ever spoke was at the Cross, and Jesus took all that cruelty and darkness and turned it into pure love and pure light… What a light it sheds upon the tragedy of life to find such a fact at the center of our faith.”
~ E. Stanley Jones (1884–1973), American missionary, theologian, and author
“My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibility of my Savior.”
~ Sinclair B. Ferguson (1948-present), professor, author and speaker
John 1:1-13 (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.