Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 13:9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the sinner’s light is snuffed out.

The life of the godly is full of light. We live in a dark world. No matter where you turn, there is darkness. The ways of the world are anti-God. There is nothing but an anti-holy mindset. The world is lost and has no clue how to find its way out of the darkness. On the other hand, the godly walk in the light of God. They know who they are and where they are going. They don’t have any confusion about what their life is all about. They understand life in ways that the world never can. They know the way to God while the world is forever trying to figure it out. The godly have it altogether while the world never does. The godly see life through the lens of God’s Word while the world can only see what is right in their own eyes.

The life of the godly is full of joy. There is just something about being right with God that causes one to be full of joy. The joy of the godly is not a giddy joy. It is the joy of knowing that the soul is right with God. It is the knowledge that if the Lord were to call us home today that we would be with Him tomorrow. It is knowing that God is real and all of His promises are true. It is the affirmation of soul that beyond this life there is eternal life with God in pure holiness. It is the knowledge that we are never alone in this life, that the Lord is always with us to help us, even in the worst of times.

It is not so for the sinner. Sin darkens the soul and mind of man. There is a darkness that envelopes the sinner that prevents the light from shining in. The sinner does not understand life from God’s perspective or how he fits into it. He has no hope for the future. He believes that the only life there is is the here and now. He sees himself as the only hope he has and strives to make himself happy anyway he can. He convinces himself that he is in control of his own destiny. He cannot comprehend life beyond death and if he does, he fashions an understanding of it that assures him that he will be alright in spite of the life he chooses to live. Sin darkens the soul and separates him from God who is light.

Wise is he who chooses to live a godly life where there is light and joy. Godliness is only found in a life fully surrendered to Jesus Christ.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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