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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

This Little Light of Mine I Am Going To Let It Shine

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I AM GOING TO LET IT SHINE,
AND NOT HIDE
THE CANDLE UNDER A BUSHEL
The Light is Jesus the Son of God
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor-Teacher/Apprentice
Matthew 5:14-17; Mark 4:21-26: Luke 8:16-19;
Selected Verses
John 1:4-9 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
John 3:19-21 And this is the (verdict) condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
· This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. All those who do evil hate the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But those who live by the truth come into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
· Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
· The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 
2 Corinthians 4:6 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
So we have in those handful of verses uses of each of the three biblical metaphors for light applied directly to Jesus.
· Jesus’ light is virtuous or good.
· Jesus’ light gives vitality or life.
· Jesus’ light is the source of vision or knowledge.
But Jesus and the New Testament writers who follow him don’t stop there. The God-light which is Jesus is also to be the light within God’s people.
In fact, this idea of God’s people bearing the light of virtue and vitality and vision has biblical past history in the Old Testament. Perhaps you remember what happened when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai?
Exodus 34:29-30 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn't know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, saw his radiant face, and held back, afraid to get close to him...and he passed on the commands, everything that God had told him on Mount Sinai.
In Isaiah, God plainly communicates His intention that His light would illuminate Israel so that their light would brighten, so to speak, the whole world.
Isaiah 60: 1-3 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.\
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus picks up on this prophetic vision and announces to those listening to His teaching (read below)