A Prayer to God My Light

“Because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)

“The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.” (Luke 9:2)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1a)

Lord, You are my light—
the sunrise shining upon my life
with salvation beams of brilliance
bathing me in divine joy and mercy.

Lord, You be my light—
in a world still starved for light
and buried in death’s darkness,
deliver us through Your saving work.

Lord, You will be my light—
in the end of all things
in the new heaven and earth,
Your brilliance bursting forth fully upon us.

Real Identity: You are Salt and Light

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our series “Becoming Real” on the Sermon on the Mount by looking at Matthew 5:13-16.

You can view the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire “Becoming Real” series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…”  (Matthew 5:13, 14)

“You are…”

  • The disciples
  • The crowds
  • Who is the “you”?
  • The unexpected ones in God’s mission

Metaphor and the Power of Mental Pictures

  • Jesus’ use of metaphor in Matthew 5:13-16
  • Why mental pictures are invaluable for life

“You are the salt of the earth…” (5:13)

  • The importance of salt: flavor, preservative, fertilizer
  • Discipleship and saltiness
  • Warning: don’t lost your saltiness

“You are the light of the world…” (5:14-16)

  • The importance of light in a town and a house
  • Discipleship and light-shining
  • Encouragement: let your life shine to God’s glory

Wholistic or Complete Discipleship

  • Discipleship of being and resting
  • Discipleship of mission and action

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper into this section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in one or more of the following ways:

  • Consider memorizing one or both of the images here: Matthew 5:13 or Matthew 5:14-16
  • Sketch, draw, or paint one of the images from this portion of Scripture. Share it with someone when you’re done to start a conversation about what it means to follow Jesus.
  • Consider reading Professor Anthony B. Bradley’s article on this passage, “You are the Manure of the Earth
  • Explore parallels to this passage from other parts of Scripture, writing your own comments and thoughts about how these illumine Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:
  • Isaiah 9:1-2
  • Mark 9:50 and Luke 14:34
  • Mark 4:21 and Luke 8:16
  • John 1:4-9
  • John 8:12
  • Acts 13:47
  • Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Philippians 2:14-16
  • Colossians 4:6
  • 1 Peter 2:11-12

A Prayer of John Henry Newman: Lead, Kindly Light

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Lead, kindly Light, amid th’ encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on;
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on:
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene — one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on.
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

Amen.

By John Henry Newman, British theologian and leader of the Oxford Movement.

Living Like Light in the World

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As I concluded our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, this past weekend at Eastbrook, I took a practical look at how John 8:12 and Matthew 5:14 fit together in our faith and practice. In these two verse, a theme of light from God shining through Jesus and His people come together, yet in different directions:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world.’” (John 8:12)

“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14) 

There is a lot in here, but as it was a family worship weekend for us, I tried to use more story-telling and practical application to our lives. Maybe that worked and maybe it didn’t. You can watch/listen and let me know.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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The Good News of the Resurrected One [The Good News of Jesus]

Jesus Series GFX_App SquareAs we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Eastbrook Church, we begin a two-week exploration of “The Good News of Jesus.” This first weekend, with our Easter celebration, we turn our attention to the account in John 20:1-10 about Jesus’ empty tomb.

While so much could be said about Jesus’ resurrection, in my message this past weekend at Eastbrook, “The Good News of the Resurrected One,” I brought three specific aspects of Jesus’ resurrection into focus:

  • light overwhelming darkness
  • freedom overcoming prisons
  • life overpowering death

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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