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Greetings SearchLighters!

As you may or may not know, SearchLight airs in a number of countries beyond our own borders.

In fact, the station we get more response from than any other besides one in Orange County, California is a station broadcasting in Nairobi, Kenya!

In fact, this past Saturday my son Benjamin returned from teaching at a week long conference there in Kenya.

The next day, Sunday, Ben gave an absolutely life-impacting message here at The Fellowship entitled "A Bad Case of the So-Loves."

And I would so-love to have you take a look/listen to this teaching. (In it he shares some most amusing stories from his time there in Kenya).

I believe you will be impacted and refreshed even as I was.

You can view the entire Service that Ben and I lead from beginning to end, or just take in the main message that Ben gave. The links for both are provided for you directly below:

Entire Sunday Service - September 1, 2014
Benny's Teaching Only - A Bad Case Of The "So Loves"

And thank you so very very much for your supporting our broadcasting of SearchLight across-and-beyond our country. We are presently on over 400 stations, by God's grace and through your help . . . so thank you and Praise The Lord!

With appreciation for you all,

Jon


Daily Devotional
September 2
 
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14
 
The author of the Book of Job was a dramatist, a quintessential playwright. The authors of Psalms were poets par excellence. The author of Genesis and Exodus, a wonderful novelist. The author of Jonah was a storyteller. But here, I see Solomon not so much a storyteller or dramatist but rather a photographer. He takes pictures of life and lets us look at them in order to see they’re all bogus. Then, on the last page of his photo album, he says, “This is the key: Fear God and keep His commandments” (see Ecclesiastes 12:13).

But you know what? I close this photo album and still feel discouraged because the problem is, I’ve broken the commandments, and therefore, fear judgment.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48). But I’m not. So, although Solomon’s conclusion is correct, I haven’t followed it. I haven’t obeyed God perfectly.

But our Greater-than-Solomon - Jesus Christ - appears and says, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest, for except your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, unless it’s better than the most religious individuals, you will not inherit eternal life” (see Matthew 5:20; 11:28).

So it is then I say, “Lord, I failed. But You didn’t. You took my sin upon Yourself and died in my place. Oh, what grace. And now, Lord, by Your grace, I can walk in Your ways and keep Your commandments. By Your grace, Lord, I not only fear You, but I love You.”

And life has meaning - not under the sun, but in the Son.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store