The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Ephesians 2:8-10

In his “Journey with Guests” interview, Mike Bradley commented that before he knew Jesus, life was all about him. Like many of us, we grow up self-absorbed with little thought to God’s plan for our life. Maybe you were that way at some point in your life. Maybe the Lord is calling you out of that way of life today. When Mike became a follower of Jesus, through a time of study of the word of God, the Holy Spirit revealed something to him. God had a plan for his life.

The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-10 –God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. [1]

It is an amazing to think about how the Lord has saved us through grace. Grace is God’s undeserved love and a gift from God. This gift was possible because Jesus gave His life for you and me on the cross. All of our sins were paid for in full. What did God save us to do? We weren’t saved to live for ourselves. This is the message of the world, but when we follow that advice, we become self-centered and miserable. We are the most satisfied in our journey when we truly seek and embrace God’s plan for our life.

What is God’s plan for your life? You are so important to God that He planned your life before you took a breath of air. The Lord has the most awesome plans for our lives that we could ever imagine. These plans will change our lives and impact those around us in so many wonderful ways.

Take a step of faith today and seek the Lord for his plan for your life! You will be surprised how exciting and fulfilling it will be. 

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Eph 2:8–10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: John 13:34-35
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Jesus was a safe place for sinners and that is why they flocked to Him. Many people feel invisible and worthless today. Maybe there were times in your life when you felt invisible and worthless. Maybe you feel that way today.

In our “Journey with Guests” interview, Mike Bradley shares how, as a young man in the Air Force, there was a group of young men who gave him a safe place to explore the Christian faith. This safe place allowed him to ask questions. The atmosphere his friends created allowed him to take a step of faith and become a follower of Jesus. This step of faith changed his life now and for eternity.

Is the Lord calling you to be that safe place for someone else? It is a major step of faith when we move forward to be that refuge for others. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor or someone else that the Lord has put on your heart to be a safe place for. 

Jesus tells us in John 13:-34-35 about how to create that safe space for others. It is called love. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” [1]

When we love one another, we create a safe place for others to come to know Jesus or grow in knowing Jesus. 

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 13:34–35). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Matthew 9:36-38
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As we grow in faith, seeing people through God’s eyes makes us aware of the needs of others. This is usually something that we might not have noticed before. In our “Journey with Guests” interview, Mike Bradley noticed that as he grew in faith, God opened his eyes to how God saw other people. He now began to see people in need of love. He began to see people in need of a Savior, and he could be used by God to share His love.   

Do you desire to see people through the Lord’s eyes? Jesus tells us in Matthew 9:36-38 –When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” [1]

A desire to see others as God sees them is evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in your heart. The Lord wants everyone to grow in compassion for others. Continue to pray and ask the Lord to show you how you can make a difference in the people around you. You will be amazed what the Lord will do!

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 9:36–38). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Phil. 47

Are you seeking peace from God to comfort you as you journey through life? Life is a journey and there are many ups and downs with challenges we often don’t expect or desire. But as we journey, our Lord wants to give us peace as we come to Him with all of our difficulties. 

Jesus tell us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” [1]

Are you weary today? Is your burden overwhelming you? If so, Jesus is telling you to give your burden to Him and let Him carry it for you. Our Lord Jesus is like a wonderful parent who wants to help us through life and lift us out of the mud and the mire. The hard part is we have to let Him take our burden. Why is that so difficult? If you are like me, it is hard to humble yourself and ask for help. The good news is when we do, the Lord is always there to lift us up. 

In our “Journey with Guests” interview, Mike Bradley found himself mired in the mud of life. When he realized he could not go on much longer, he gave his problems to the Lord. Although it was not easy the Lord pulled him up and set him on dry ground in a spiritual sense. He began to experience the peace of the Lord.  

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:7 – Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. [2]

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Mt 11:28–30, Phil. 4:7). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Acts 2:38

As a child, I remember receiving Christmas gifts was one of the most exciting times of the year. It was a time of anticipation and joy in receiving something that was special. As I became a little older, I began to understand that the real gift at Christmas time was the gift of Jesus coming into the world. 

Have you received the gift of Jesus? If you have not, simply ask Jesus to forgive your sins and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. If you are a follower of Jesus already, it is a time to rejoice in what Jesus has done for you.

When we place our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us. Peter said on the day of Pentecost, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. [1] Acts 2:38

Jesus loves you and gives you the gift of the Holy Spirt to guide and transform you. This is a gift that keeps on giving all the days of our life. 

In our “Journey with Guest” interview, Mike Bradley noticed when he became a believer in Jesus, the Holy Spirit began prompt him. These promptings from the Holy Spirit were like a good teacher who was always there 24-7 to help him, guide him, comfort him, and give him insight into God’s word. 

What a wonderful gift the Holy Spirit is!

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 2:38). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Romans 12:2

Have you ever asked the Lord to change something you knew was not helpful in your life? A part of my life that was not helpful was having temper at times. Each time I lost my temper I felt disappointed in myself. There came a time in my life instead of feeling just disappointed, I began to pray about being more patient each day. This went on for several years and over time I did change and began to react to situations in a much more patient way.

In his “Journey with Guest” interview, Mike Bradley shares that he experienced a similar problem with anger. The Lord Jesus changed him just as He changed me. This is important to note because the Lord is in the transformation business. Maybe you are dealing with part of your life that you know needs to change, but you don’t know how. Let the Lord lead you. Seek the Lord’s wisdom in prayer and through His word. 

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:2 –  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [1]

God’s word is so transformational that overtime as we let His word soak into us and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we become different people. 

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 12:2). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 1 Cor. 13:2
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I grew up in a home where I always felt loved by my parents and siblings. It is easier to work through difficulties along our spiritual journey when we are loved and appreciated. Sometimes people don’t grow up in loving families, but when God adopts us into His family all that changes. There is no one more loving than our Lord. There is no one who cares more about you than He does. 

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the early church in Corinth gives us amazing insight into the power of love. If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [1]

Many times, we hear these words during a wedding, but they not only apply to marriage but to everyone one. In our Journey with Guest series, Mike Bradley tells how, as a young man, he heard about the love of Jesus in a Bible study in the armed forces. His friends not only told him about the love of Jesus, but they put the love of Jesus into action. When they put their faith into action, this opened the door for him to place his faith in Jesus. 

Who can you show God’s love to? When we demonstrate God’s love towards others, it often gives us an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. You may be the person that God wants to use to reach another person to draw them into the Kingdom of God.  

To hear Mike Bradley’s story, listen here:

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (1 Co 13:1–5). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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