Darkness and Light

The Gospel of John is a book I have been reading with the guys this week. John presents a motif throughout his gospel of spiritual “darkness and light.” Every culture has spiritual darkness and light. Some cultures are better at hiding darkness. In Cambodia, darkness and light mix it up in the open for all to see.

~Buddhist monks receiving obligatory gifts from a gauntlet of worshippers in the marketplace. A woman offering prayers before false idols for all to see: Darkness.

~A flower blooming among debris. A Christian man (Chantha) sharing his faith with a Buddhist man: Light.

~Power and money not used for good: Darkness.

~Christian fellowship and the Word of God being shared to some who believe and others who don’t: Light.

My goal during this trip is to help men who are believers see the importance of letting light shine.

Can you find examples of darkness and light where you live? How can you be light today?

“Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.” ~Jesus

“We are not of the night or the of the darkness.” ~Paul

Thank you for reading and for your prayers. Please leave a comment.

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Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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