“So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:15, New Living Translation). Light is a luxury we take for granted, at least until a storm brings down a wire or blows a transformer. Then, enveloped in a blanket of darkness, we lose our feeling of comfort and security. Anyone who has ever experienced total darkness knows even the smallest dot of light reduces our fear and helps orient us to our surroundings. Without light we stumble, bump into things,…

“Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.” (Colossians 3:22-23, Christian Standard Bible) Living for God involves more than…

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