August 10, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 33     

More Light - Less Noise

A delegation of well-meaning patriots tried to impress upon President Abraham Lincoln the gravity of the American Civil War.* They implied that his administration was neither as wise nor as proficient as it ought to be.  He listened carefully, and then responded with a memorable anecdote...

He told them that he once had a neighbor who found himself in a tight situation. He was traveling home one DARK and rainy night. There were few bridges in the country and he came to a stream that he would have to wade across. But because of the darkness and the rain, he couldn't see well enough to know just where to cross.
Lightning flashed and he saw his way for the briefest moment.  But the man was perplexed because there seemed to be more thunder than lightning. He was convinced that every lightning flash was followed by several loud peals of thunder. The poor man just stood at the edge of the stream in his confusion about how to proceed. He finally prayed, "O Lord, if it's just the same to you, give me more light and less noise."  The delegation clearly got the point that the president needed more solutions and less complaining - more LIGHT and less NOISE!

Whether we realize it or not, YOU and I are also involved in a critical WAR!

It is a war of good vs. evil -AND- our very SOULS are at stake! Satan, our archenemy, seeks to blind us -- to keep us in the dark -- "lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on us" (2 Corinthians 4:4). He tries to distract us with a lot of "NOISE" - like life's worries, riches, and pleasures (Luke 8:14) - to keep us from finding the Light that illuminates the path to the truly ABUNDANT LIFE NOW (John 10:10) and ETERNAL LIFE TO COME (Mark 10:28-30).

Jesus said, "I AM the light of the world... He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12). Jesus has revealed the correct path in life for us to follow. His Word - the Word of God - "is a LAMP to our feet and a LIGHT to our path" (Psalm 119:105). Through His Word, we are enlightened to the fact that God loves each one of us and that He wants us to follow Him.

The "well-lit path" is one of: faith (Hebrews 11:6) repentance (2Corinthians 7:9-10) confession (Romans 10:9-10), and baptism in the name of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38). When we follow this path, we are brought "out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). Then, as we CONTINUE to walk in the light of His Word, the darkness of SIN is CONTINUALLY cleansed from our lives (1 John 1:7).

Abraham Lincoln was right. What we need is a lot more LIGHT... and much less NOISE!

God bless you.

David Sargeant

*As told by Steve Goodier

Our Deepest Sympathy

To sister Emma Jean Phillips at the passing of bro. Press Phillips on Tuesday (June 17th.) at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.

Services were held on Thursday (June 19th.) Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Bro. Press had been a long time member of the church here in Venice and formerly a member at the Union Avenue church of Christ. Press was a WWII army veteran and a retired computer technician from the old Defense Depot in Memphis.

The family requests that memorial be sent to the Venice church of Christ.


"The Local Congregation and I"
1 Corinthians 12:14-22
"Heaven and Why I Want To Go There"
John 14:1-6

Mark Your Calendars:

  • August 16: Ladies Day, S. FL. Ave., Lakeland
  • August 31: 5th Sunday Contribution for Building Program
  • August 31: Song Service

"Some people change their ways when they see the light, others only when they feel the heat.”




Remember in Prayer


 Wayne Vowell


Stepheny Bennett
Wayne Vowell
Frances Leavens
Glen Riggenbach
Frank Small
Walt Thompson
Iva Turner
Art Stapleton
Bill Sherman
Boyd Previtt
Keith Callicoat



 Delbert Leavens


Morning Services


Bible Reading:

 Delbert Leavens  


 Dick Navarre  


 Ted Wheeler


Closing Prayer:

 Clarence Riggenbach


Evening Services


Opening Prayer:

 Wayne Vowell



 Dick Navarre



 Ted Wheeler  

Closing Prayer:

 Carl Rigney

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