Light Sermon Illustrations

Light Sermon Illustrations

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Dr. F. B. Meyer told how at one time in his life, ministering in Regent's Park Chapel in London, having a very dead and difficult time, with dwindling congregations and nobody listening, he became so discouraged. 'But,' he said, 'every time I stood up to speak something came between me and God, and I knew it was wrong, and I knew it was sin. The Lord had everything else in my life, but I thought that I could keep this to myself and enjoy it, and indulge it. But one Sunday,' said Dr. Meyer, 'after coming back from church, I thought about how it had been a miserable day; I had been so dead and useless and fruitless, so lacking in Holy Spirit anointing, and I went into my study and knelt at my desk, and said, "Lord, You've had every key into every part of my life except one. I can't fight this battle any more". And when Dr. Meyer told that story he said, `The Lord never took that key: He took the door off, and in place of the door He put a window, and ever since that day the light of the knowledge of the glory of God has shone into my heart in the face of Jesus Christ.'—Alan Redpath

(2 Cor. 4. 6)

I was coming up to London from Cambridge one morning and a country minister was sitting opposite me. I said to him, 'Were you preaching yesterday?' He said, `Yes, I was.' I said, 'Did you preach a good sermon?' He replied, 'That is not for me to say.' I said, 'You tell me your sermon and I will say.'

`Well!' he replied, 'I was preaching on "The Lord is my light", and I pointed out to my people that light is invisible and that God is invisible, that we only know of the existence of light by the manifestation of it through the mists and in the dust of the atmosphere. It is only thus that we realize that light exists. And then I told them how we should not know God except that He shone in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father".' I said to him, 'Top marks!'

`The Lord is my Light and my Salvation.'—Bishop Taylor Smith

(Ps. 27. 1; John 1. 4, 5 ; 2 Cor. 4. 6)

Light Within

I found spiritual pleasure and profit in what Dr. Roy O. McLain said. He exhorts Christians to let the light shine from within, too.

"The eyes of the world were focused on a single person: America's astronaut John Glenn. Around the world television and radio sets were more popular that day than all other issues combined. Everything took second billing to that play-by-play drama unfolding throughout the day. One of the inspiring sidelights of the orbital flight was an event in far off Perth, Australia. That community had agreed in advance to turn on lights in all public buildings, residences, factories, schools and parks. All the lights of Perth would be burning brightly as an honorary signal for America's space hero. Informed of that fine, community-wide gesture only after he was in orbit, John Glenn looked down from 120 miles above the earth as he moved at a rate of 17,350 miles an hour and saw the bright glow from the Australian continent. 'The lights show up very well and thank everybody for turning them on,' said Glenn from his space ship. What a warming contrast to the dark, black belt of night which he encountered as he whirled on through space.

"It is high time for someone to turn on the lights for man's inner space exploration. Darkness seems to settle with ap­palling regularity. Darkness in every orb of life: education, religion, politics, mental health, race relations, domestic affairs.

"Jesus complimented His early followers by calling them the light of the world. But with the compliment was an imperative command that they shine. Their illumination was to let other men see their good works and as a result they would glorify God in heaven.

"A negative note is added to that commendation and assignment. Said He: 'But if the light in you be darkness, how great is that darkness.' He means that the light of individual influence is the most effective way to guide the steps of men and women along the pathway of life. It is possible for the light to go out. When people who once were a part of the light become a part of the darkness, how great is that darkness. Right about now there are too many folks who are supposed to be part of the solution of life's problems, who instead, have become a part of the problem themselves. The blind cannot lead the blind in the 20th century any more than they could in the first century."

How blessed the statement and promise of Jesus:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Men, Moon, Maser

Lexington, Mass. (AP)—Powerful red rays being fired at the moon nightly by a team of scientists here could blind a person in 1-2000th of a second at 100 yards, scientists said.

The instrument, an optical maser, is the largest of its kind in the free world. Some scientists agreed unofficially it seemed to bring closer to reality the famed "death ray" of science fiction writers.

Although the Soviet Union is known to be engaged in maser research, nothing is known about how big an instrument they may have developed.

The word maser is an acronym for Molecular Amplification of Stimulated Emission Radiation.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists making the tests hit the moon 13 times Wednesday night and 20 times Thursday night. They caught a reflection of their hits electronically Wednesday night. The MIT crew do not expect to analyze the data from the Thursday tests for several days but suspect they may have hit a spot on the moon that did not reflect well.

The maser was built for experimental work by the Raytheon Co.

The four powerful lamps used in the test put out an amount of light roughly equivalent to eight million watts. The ordinary household light bulb is usually less than 100 watts.

The mighty flash was beamed on an artificial ruby crystal rod for l/1000th of a second.   This in turn built up the light to a high-energy peak, then fired it out all at the same wave length person in l/2000th of a second at 100 yards, scientists said.
Because, unlike ordinary light, the light from the maser is composed of the same wave length, the beam can be "fired" with precise aim at a target.

In the moon experiment the light is shot through a telescope and illuminates an area of the moon only a couple of miles across.

Because bigger masers can be built, scientists say they could be used to hit missiles or satellites with possibly destructive effect. Even rays from a small maser can penetrate tough metal in the laboratory, and scientists handle them as they would a loaded gun.

More wonderful was the achievement we read of in Genesis 1:14-18. More wonderful are the wonders put before us in these Bible words: "The blessed and only

Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen" (I Timothy 6:15,16).

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