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Summary: If we are to walk in the light of God, we must be in fellowship with God and our fellow man.

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Learning To Be The Light

1 John 1:5-10

Intro. There’s a new show on television called Sleepy Hollow. Have any of you seen it? It’s loosely based on the old story of the legend of sleepy hollow and the headless horseman. When I say loosely, I mean really loosely. The story doesn’t take place in olden times but in today’s society. It would take much too long to explain how they did that. As I tell my wife, you will just have to trust me on that. As the show has gone forward, they have tracked way off the legend of sleepy hollow and have gotten really creepy. We watch this show because at my house, it may not be what we all want to watch but it is something we can compromise on. Anyway, this week was especially creepy because it involved demon possession. I had already been studying today’s scripture and at the end of the show, the little girl that was possessed looked at the heroes, Ichabod Crane being one of them and said this. “The darkness is coming”. My immediate thought was sweetheart; you don’t know what you’re talking about. The darkness is already here. It has been here since mankind disobeyed God and has gotten darker ever since.

. Our scripture this morning is about light in the darkness.

. How we become a light and how we sustain that light.

. You see, even one small individual can be a light.

. In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. According to Leon Jaroff in Time, the satellite’s primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and beam data to earth about Jupiter’s magnetic field, radiation belts, and atmosphere. Scientists regarded this as a bold plan, for at that time no earth satellite had ever gone beyond Mars, and they feared the asteroid belt would destroy the satellite before it could reach its target.

But Pioneer 10 accomplished its mission and much, much more. Swinging past the giant planet in November 1973, Jupiter’s immense gravity hurled Pioneer 10 at a higher rate of speed toward the edge of the solar system. At one billion miles from the sun, Pioneer 10 passed Saturn. At some two billion miles, it hurtled past Uranus; Neptune at nearly three billion miles; Pluto at almost four billion miles. By 1997, twenty-five years after its launch, Pioneer 10 was more than six billion miles from the sun.

And despite that immense distance, Pioneer 10 continued to beam back radio signals to scientists on Earth. "Perhaps most remarkable," writes Jaroff, "those signals emanate from an 8-watt transmitter, which radiates about as much power as a bedroom night light, and takes more than nine hours to reach Earth."

The Little Satellite That Could was not qualified to do what it did. Engineers designed Pioneer 10 with a useful life of just three years. But it kept going and going. By simple longevity, its tiny 8-watt transmitter radio accomplished more than anyone thought possible.

So it is when we offer ourselves to serve the Lord. God can work even through someone with 8-watt abilities.


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