Wednesday, August 6, 2008


I helped launch a new ministry at church tonight. It's the vision of God for dear friend Erik Chase. It's called Beacon Light Productions. You should expect big things from BLP in the future: movies, CDs, t-shirts, dramas, books, and more that all spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I mean BIG. God has given Erik a dream of a globally impacting production house for all kinds of creative works. Even dance teams. It started in San Marcos, Texas on August 6, 2008 with a short but powerful skit.

Actually I guess it started about a month ago with rehearsals. Marissa and I joined Erik and his wife Kristi in portraying a group of teens before a church service. One of them frequently has adventurous ideas for explaining some Biblical principle or other and she's had another one on this evening. Try to find your way through a darkened church building with nothing but a rope tied to the person in front of you and a single penlight held by the leader. Not easy. Many bruises later, the youth leader comes in and turns the lights back on, demanding an explanation. A beautiful picture of Christ, the Light of the World, follows while one bratty teen counts down the seconds to the beginning of the service. Funny and pointed. Its beauty was in its impact.

For a brief skit, it delivered a powerful truth. How can we make it through this life with only a dim light or maybe no light at all to guide us? Nothing but trouble comes of such attempts. And pain. And disappointment, frustration, and exhaustion. How much easier it is to walk through a dark room with even a small amount of light! And Jesus is no small light. He's the Light of the World! The psalmist said of God's Word that it "is a light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path." No more stumbling in the dark! No more bruised shins and broken hearts. A simple invitation, a powerful command: "Follow me." He'll show us the way to the Father.

Why do some of us still choose to dwell in darkness instead of getting up and walking through it? Life doesn't have to be so hard. See the light. Follow the light. It's okay: you're not a moth and it's not a flame. He won't ever lead you astray. (If I promised, it wouldn't mean anything because I've broken my word before. Jesus is the one who promised.)

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6

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