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A Light in The Darkness

  • Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the rightness of your rising. Is. 60:1 ESV

    Nightfall came faster than I was anticipating and it was black night as I made my way through the swamp. Normally the moon would be out, but it was overcast and the thick trees above snuffed out everything, and I had brought no light with me. The eerie sound of frogs, crickets and whatever that was lurking behind me were terrifying. Finally I made it out of the woods and I could see the light of home in the distance. It was the most welcoming sight and I was so happy to see it.

    A small candle sitting in the sunlight at mid-day is hardly noticeable. If you back away even a few feet it will begin to blend in with the surroundings and the light of the sun. It would seem insignificant, like there was nothing to be seen there. But if you were to look at that same candle in black darkness, it would seem like it was sent by God and be the most welcome site that you had ever laid eyes on.

    As this world grows darker and darker, your light will shine brighter and brighter to those around you. For some people, YOU are the only light that they will ever see and God will use you to draw them. You may think that your light is only a small flicker, but to someone in total darkness, you may be the most welcoming sight they have ever seen and carry the word of God that sets people free from the darkness. Keep that fire stoked, it is going to be needed.


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Rose Clements
Rose Clements Amen.
March 7, 2015
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maureen zane
maureen zane Amen.....for where there is God's light..... There can be no darkness at all.
March 7, 2015
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Paula Andrews
Paula Andrews Amen
March 7, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the beautiful message!
March 7, 2015
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Maria Williams
Maria Williams Amen.
March 7, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome God is my light he gives me much to spread around for all to see ty father
March 7, 2015
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Sabrina  B
Sabrina B I received this in an email this morning. The title caught my attention because I'm kind of in a place of darkness right now. To make a long story short, bad anxiety issues this semester in school have resulted in a recent state of depression. It has been difficult to remain close to the Lord because of this. I've been seeing that light you wrote about through other people who have been guiding me through the Word of the Lord. Who have been teaching me to turn to Him, to not just let the tears fall down but to cry to Him, to tell Him I need help. Thank so much for sharing this. I think it helped me see something new in those who have been helping me and in myself.
March 7, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd May the Lord cause your light to shine again Sabrina. 
March 7, 2015
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Karen Braxton
Karen Braxton Amen Amen and Amen
March 7, 2015
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Mandy Gonzales
Mandy Gonzales Amen. God bless you Pastor Todd & thank you. Have a Happy Saturday :-).
March 7, 2015
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Denice Martin-Thompson
Denice Martin-Thompson The desire to be perfect according to my  own standards have caused me to enter into the darkness  of depression a lot. However God's light shines brighter than my depression, he is working in me to dismantle my misconception of this life. I am learning daily how to let go and let God have his way in my life.  
March 7, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray that you deliver Sabrina from the attacks of the enemy and that you bless her with clarity, grace and discernment as she tries to get through her schooling. Please go with her each day and let her have the grace and favor to succeed, in the name of Jesus, amen!
March 7, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Father, I lift up Denice to you and pray that you shine your light into her spirit and drive away the darkness with your presence and that of your Holy Spirit. I pray that you bless her with your peace and your clarity, in the name of Jesus, amen!
March 7, 2015
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Rachel Bueno
Rachel Bueno I love today's message. I remember when I started reading and understanding more of God's love for us and what he expects from us, it was like a light came on I could understand so much more. Thank you.
March 7, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Rachel!
March 7, 2015
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Wendy Blake
Wendy Blake My husband is a non-believer and he has always encouraged me in my Faith and going to church even though he doesn't believe.  I feel I'm his licker of light and if I keep shining through he will see the light and one day realize it is God that makes that light shine through.  Please keep him in prayers that one day he will follow the Lord because he has such a huge heart and God could do so much with him.  The funny part is, God does so much with him already and he doesn't even know it!
March 7, 2015
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki 1 Thess 5:11  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Thanks for the encouragement Pastor Dion & crew!
March 7, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, he sounds like a great person to encourage you in something he doesn't believe in. In the name of Jesus, I pray that the Lord will shine His light into your husband's life in a powerful way!
March 7, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler A good reminder to hold on to today & each day:)
March 7, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey love this!! And so true :-) :-) 
March 7, 2015
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Suzanne Russell
Suzanne Russell Very good.  However, I am finding that when I use your link to post to FB, not many will click on it.  If I just post the words, then lots of people read it.  It gets them hooked to see a few words and then they want to see the rest.  Maybe that will help you to know this.
March 7, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I am not very good with words I pray God will help me to speak his words not mine in this dark world amen
March 7, 2015
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Jack Murphy
Jack Murphy Great message!
March 7, 2015
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Marcia Lament
Marcia Lament Thank you for this message. You with your messages have helped me to be that light for others I hope. You have brought so much understanding to me about the word of God. I have struggled with my faith and for many years I just hid it and ignored it.
March 7, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Facebook shows your posts to whoever they want.  If it contains a link they will hardly show it to anyone. We have 4700 followers there and they show it to 400 people unless we pay them to boost it.  Welcome to www.refreshinghope.org!
March 7, 2015
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen Pastor Todd!!
March 7, 2015
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geneva miller
geneva miller Amen and amen, man this world grows darker by the minute, I just pray God continues to use me to shine the light of His word......;-)
March 7, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey It's a dying world alright....but Jesus warned us about the events which will come....I just keep my eyes on Him.
March 7, 2015
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Rod Fortner
Rod Fortner Amen!
March 7, 2015
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Pam Ivins
Pam Ivins I have been taught to keep my focus on Him and HE will direct your path, Amen.
March 8, 2015
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Paula Neace
Paula Neace I've seen this happen before in life. Even the smallest words from someone we barely know or may know well. Just the right flicker when needed so much can save our very soul. Praise God!
March 8, 2015
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Randy Dodge
Randy Dodge Amen! " Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NKJV
March 8, 2015
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Joda Hisle
Joda Hisle May I shine like a beacon if light, Lord.
March 8, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo Wow, this is is amazing,  and so true,  in good or bad you we need to be the light for that person as you can be the one to help it turn around.  
March 9, 2015
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geneva miller
geneva miller I would post the daily word to my Facebook everyday but with this new format I cant find where I can share it, can you help me.....thanks;-)))
March 9, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Very true, Daisy!
March 9, 2015
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Alice Chrisa
Alice Chrisa Amen great message
March 9, 2015
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Mike Stephenson
Mike Stephenson Very good and timely word!!
March 9, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin This is absolutely beautifully written! Thank you, Pastor, for sharing this Word with us all. God Bless you more and more every single day!
March 9, 2015
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William Kasiri
William Kasiri AM THE LIGHT IN MY COMMUNITY
March 10, 2015
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Charisse English
Charisse English Shine your light through me Lord.
March 11, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Hi Geneva! Right under the title of the message, at the top, is a link called "FB Share". That should work :).
March 22, 2015
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Marcia Lament
Marcia Lament I pray to be that light for God! Everyday Amen
March 23, 2015