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Turn Up the Volume: It's Bright!

September 22, 2008

Have you ever taken a butter knife and used it to loosen or tighten a screw?

I have – Notorious when I was young for stealing the kitchen knives to work on my bike and other things.  Mom always found out because the ends of all her knives were twisted.

A knife is a knife and screwdriver is a screwdriver – they are what they are. 

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

You Are – Not you will be, not if you choose, not if you want to – You Are – a city on a hill and you can’t be hidden.


You know Jesus – You are


Song – “I always feel like somebody’s watching me” – It’s not something you can control – you are being watched all the time.

Because exist

Also because of what’s inside just calls out to people.


Vs 15 – People don’t light and lamp and cover it up.  It defeats its purpose.

They put it on stand so all can see it’s light.

If you read the ethos blog (you should) I mentioned in a posted not to long ago that I love my wife’s spaghetti. I mean it’s the deal. Angel hair pasta and all! I  anxiously await the meal all afternoon long.  It smells sooo good and when she tosses in the pasta I know we’re drawing close.  I go ahead and get out some plates, clean the table, set some plates and utensils, I’ve not snacked all afternoon – I am in position, things are prepared, I am ready to make best use of the spaghetti.

They set it up to best make use of it’s purpose.  So it can most effectively do it’s work.

vs. 16 – In the same way let you light shine before men . . . that they may see your good works . . . and give praise to your Father in heaven.

In the same way. – Set yourself up to best make use of your purpose to be effective.

Be grounded (Read the book, Fellowship with believers, live the servant-hood life – Acts 2)

Be ready to live the be attitudes in daily life.(humble, authentic, meek, desire right relationships, be merciful, pure heart/right motives, peace makers, suffer well) – “Be ready in season and out”

Be intentional – strategically live your life.

Why – So they can see God working in and through you

What will happen – God will do His thing – He will change their hearts and yours – He will receive the Glory.

What has been seeded in you by faith in Christ is the power to see the dead raised, sick healed, people free, and lives radically changed. It’s In You It’s Bright. It’s A Mission.   At ethos we are going to advocate the Loud and Bright life. Those we know, those hate us, those in need.


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