During this crucial time in our country, Son Light Bible Church continues
to submit to civil authorities as scripture directs.
All studies and events within the church building will gradually be restarted.
Worship Services will continue to be posted here on Monday(s) that friends and members of our congregation who are unable to attend in person may continue to worship together using these YouTube links...
7/12 service will not be available online
7/5 ... That you may participate, Communion will be observed following the Pastors message ... https://youtu.be/pE7jFENY54w
6/28 ... https://youtu.be/VGIAvLJvq-g
6/21 ... https://youtu.be/FSNHgYqz03Y
6/14 ... https://youtu.be/RRHPWq83KIY
6/7 ... https://youtu.be/KkdkFWYmCtI
5/24 ... https://youtu.be/Ok3f6jQt1OM
5/17 ... https://youtu.be/y_PrnGx8Nxc
5/10 ... https://youtu.be/5vHbnzKTQPo
5/3 ... https://youtu.be/tpMuUBYjIrQ
4/26 ... https://youtu.be/H9B1T2PMUmo
4/19 ... https://youtu.be/pP8HOEptm-M
Easter ... https://youtu.be/K_JlX4H-6fA
3/28 ... https://youtu.be/4HZv_EQe0TI
Pastor Mike Shares an encouraging message during the week...
Hello Friends of Son Light,
So, tell me if you think this would be awkward: I’ve often thought about carrying around a cardboard cutout of Jesus to take with me everywhere I go. I would always position him so that he is looking right at me. In the summer I could put sunglasses on him and in the winter a knit hat to keep him warm. In the fall he would, of course, have his Patriot’s jersey on.
4/16ThoughtsHello Friends and Members of Son Light, This was certainly the most unusual Easter that any of us have experienced. No gathering for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or getting up early for a sunrise service (I certainly missed the always yummy breakfast following). But as we all know, one part remained the same; Jesus is alive and death is defeated! Scriptures tell us that after the arrest of Jesus, His disciples fled and eventually hid together in an upper room. Confused. Scared. Isolated. Sound familiar? However if they had just consulted and believed the prophesies and Jesus’ own words, they would have known this dark time was temporary and, as the song says, then came the morning. The Gospel of John records the reunion with Jesus and His disciples: On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (John 20:19-23) Jesus hasn’t changed His ways in the last 2,000 years. He still comes to us in our time of fear, confusion and isolation. He reaches out His hand to offer peace. And not just any peace but “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [that] will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) You will find that peace by reading the Word of God and spending time with Him in prayer. Jesus is reaching out His hands to you today. May you receive that peace and comfort and know that the Messiah, the risen Son of God is with you today and every day. He has risen. He has risen indeed! Michael Nolt, Pastor 4/23ThoughtsHello Members and Friends of Son Light, Isn’t it a bit ironic how our circumstances change our perspective. There were many weeks not that long ago which were so busy that I just wished for a night at home. Now I’m looking for any reason to leave the house. And I know that many, if not all, of you are thinking the same thing. Easter seems so far away (like over a year!) and as we continue to deal with this pandemic there are still so many more questions than answers. And I must confess to you that I am very tired of hearing “we’ll get through this.” I know it’s meant to be an encouragement but the truth is that we won’t get through this, not on our own. If you’ve been worshipping with us online you know that we are in a sermon series based on the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. It’s instructive to us to see how those individuals who encountered Jesus reacted, but in reality it’s our response that matters. Our focus this week is recognizing the presence of Jesus. Are you aware this moment of the presence of Jesus in your life? So many people think the saying, “God helps those who help themselves” is in the Bible. It most definitely is not! The prevailing theme of the entire Bible is that God helps those who cannot help themselves. Paul wrote, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV) Paul’s strength was not his own, for he was not strong enough to overcome his calamities. Neither are we strong enough. But through the power and strength of Christ we will overcome. The prophet Isaiah recorded, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29 ESV) Friends, through our dedicated time in the Word of God and our time of prayer we, too, can obtain the courage, strength and power to “get through this.” The same power that brought Jesus out of the tomb will carry you through the hardships and calamities of this time. Call upon the Lord and acknowledge His presence today. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10 ESV) In Christ's Love,Michael Nolt, Pastor4/30 ThoughtsHello Members and Friends of Son Light, As the days and weeks of isolation mount the question continues to burn, “when will things get back to normal?” I certainly know the underlining sentiment of that question but it made me wonder, what is normal? Ask someone in their 70’s and someone else in their 20’s and you will get a completely different understanding of “normal.” Computers are completely necessary for some yet still foreign (if not even taboo) for others. Compare a “normal” day of someone living in New York city to another on a ranch in Wyoming. Yet we all live in the same country during the same time. Things change. Sometimes by our desire and sometimes by force. Life changed drastically in the our country after 9/11 and I have no doubt things will be different when we finally get through this pandemic. Everything changes… right? Psalm 102 is a prayer of one afflicted who pours out his heart unto God. It starts, “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!” We can all relate to days of distress, can’t we. But here’s how it ends:“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment.You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but you are the same, and your years have no end.” (emphasis mine) We can rest assured that the Creator does not change. His promises are still there. His love still abounds. He is still Sovereign over all things and His plans cannot be stopped. He still gives peace, comfort and encouragement for those who believe in Him through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and who seek Him. Friends, I’m sure you need some encouragement during this time, I know that I do. And we will find that if we seek Almighty God through His holy word and our daily times of prayer. Paul’s words to the Philippians are still true today: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) And that promise will never change! Michael Nolt, Pastor5/7ThoughtsHello Friends of Son Light, Today (May 7) is the National Day of Prayer. While we are unable to gather together and pray you can still participate in the celebration online at lancasterndp.com at 7:00pm. And while this is a special day for prayer let’s remember NDP is not the only day we pray. Prayer is a necessary part of our daily walk as Christ followers. It is our way of communicating directly with the Creator of the universe. What a privilege! Old Testament saints had to go through a priest but because of the sacrifice made by Jesus our sins are washed clean and we are able to enter into the presence of the Lord through prayer. The scriptures are filled with instructions and reasons and results concerning prayer. Let me share just a few. How should we pray? Hebrews 5:7, “IN THE DAYS OF HIS FLESH, JESUS OFFERED UP PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATIONS, WITH LOUD CRIES AND TEARS, TO HIM WHO WAS ABLE TO SAVE HIM FROM DEATH, AND HE WAS HEARD BECAUSE OF HIS REVERENCE.” (emphasis mine) We need to come to God the same as we do in worship, with reverence. And the question why we should pray is also answered in this verse; if Jesus needed to pray, how much more do we need to pray! To whom do we pray? Matthew 6:9, “PRAY THEN LIKE THIS: ‘OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME…’” Our prayers are to God the Father who is Holy (hallowed). Notice the reverence again. We are able to approach the Father because of Jesus. John 16:23, “TRULY, TRULY, I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME, HE WILL GIVE YOU.” What happens when we pray? James 5:16, “THEREFORE, CONFESS YOUR SINS TO ONE ANOTHER AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, THAT YOU MAY BE HEALED. THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON HAS GREAT POWER AS IT IS WORKING.” Great things will happen not only for the individual but for the nations. 2 Chronicles 7:14, “…IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME HUMBLE THEMSELVES, AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND.” What should we pray about? Philippians 4:6, “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD.” Then what happens? Verse 7, “AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.” I don’t know about you, but I could use a little peace right now. Take time for prayer today. Then make time for prayer tomorrow. And the next day. And every day until we stand in the presence of our Almighty and Holy God. "NOW MAY THE LORD OF PEACE HIMSELF GIVE YOU PEACE AT ALL TIMES AND IN EVERY WAY. THE LORD BE WITH ALL OF YOU.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16) Michael Nolt, Pastor5/14 ThoughtsHello Friends of Son Light, I’m sure we all agree that when we were told to stay home back in March that we never expected to still be there in the middle of May with no true end in sight. Yes, some things may begin to happen soon, but being able to freely congregate is still a way off. And please know that when the time comes that we worship together again, the Elders of SLBC are working to make sure all the necessary precautions and procedures are in place for your safety. The weather is getting warmer (finally!) and that makes it even harder to stay home. Let’s face it, this staying away is getting to us, some more than others, but still discouraging to all. The book of James opens with some very difficult words, telling us to count it all joy when we meet trials of various kinds. Most of you are very familiar with those words but let me share that passage from The Message version:“CONSIDER IT A SHEER GIFT, FRIENDS, WHEN TESTS AND CHALLENGES COME AT YOU FROM ALL SIDES. YOU KNOW THAT UNDER PRESSURE, YOUR FAITH-LIFE IS FORCED INTO THE OPEN AND SHOWS ITS TRUE COLORS. SO DON’T TRY TO GET OUT OF ANYTHING PREMATURELY. LET IT DO ITS WORK SO YOU BECOME MATURE AND WELL-DEVELOPED, NOT DEFICIENT IN ANY WAY.” (James 1:2-4) Why should we consider this time a gift? While that specific answer will differ for each person, let me ask you, are you having to go to God’s Word more often to find comfort? (Good) Are you finding new and maybe creative ways to connect with others? (Good) Are you in contact with people who are discouraged and need to hear, maybe for the first time, the good news of peace and comfort that only comes from a relationship with Jesus the Christ? (Great!) James tells us that these gifts of difficult days makes us more mature and well-developed in our walk of faith. It also says that our true colors will come out during this time. What colors are you seeing? If you are responding in a way that you know is not pleasing to God then this is a great time to fully release yourself to Him and allow Him to make you complete, lacking nothing. Get into His Word, spend quality and honest time with Him in prayer. Pour out your concerns, and then listen. Life is difficult and right now it is for everyone. But we knew it would be hard. Remember, as a Christ follower we are strangers in a strange land. And while we’re still passing through let’s be sure to share the eternal hope that is available through Christ with our words and our true colors. Michael Nolt, Pastor 5/21ThoughtsHello Members and Friends of Son Light, While the temperatures might not indicate it yet, we are approaching Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. If that’s true then I completely missed Spring. But I digress. Even though our celebration of this weekend will be very different for most, the reason for the holiday doesn’t change. We honor those who are serving in our armed forces, those who have served and those who gave their lives to protect our country. To anyone reading this who is serving or has served please accept my heartfelt thanks! One of the problems with having yearly celebrations, though, is that we tend to forget the people or the cause the rest of the year. I know that some of you say “thank you” to every veteran you come across but most of say wait until the end of May and then move on until next year. My fear is that we apply the same thought to our Christian lives. Have you thanked our loving God for the birth of His Son today (but Mike, Christmas is still a long way off)? Have you fallen on your knees and thanked Jesus for his death and resurrection (come on, Easter was 7 weeks ago!)? Have you expressed your thankfulness for the many, many blessings that God has poured down upon you, naming them one by one (don’t we only do that in November)? Friends, let’s not get into a rut of only celebrating the goodness of God during certain times of the year. Celebrate the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus EVERY day. Give thanks for God’s abundance EVERY day. And may I suggest that it’s even more important to list those blessings during a time when so many people are focusing only on what we don’t have or can’t do right now. As we remember those who gave their lives for our country’s freedoms, may we remember and give thanks to the One who gave His life for our freedom from sin and gives us an assured hope for life eternal in His presence. Celebrate Jesus, not just one day a year but EVERY day! May you have a happy and safe Memorial Day. Michael Nolt, Pastor 5/28 ThoughtsHello Friends, This Sunday we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, an important day in the history of the church. We most commonly think of this as the day the Holy Spirit came upon all Christ followers and the church began. But the celebration of Pentecost was around long before that day recorded in Acts 2. During Passover, ancient Israel also celebrated the Feast of Firstfruits. It marked thanksgiving to God for the firstfruits of the harvest — in this case, the grain and cereal harvested in the spring. At this festival, the Israelites offered the very first sheaf of the harvest and were not allowed to eat anything from the crop until they gave its initial portion to the Lord. This required a great deal of faith on the part of the Israelites, as they would be giving the offering of firstfruits at a time when not much was ready to be harvested. They had to trust God that He would indeed provide the fullness of grain that had yet to come forth, something that from a human perspective was far from certain given the people’s utter dependence on the right amount of rainfall and so forth to give the best crop. Fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits was the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost (from the Greek term pentekostos, or fiftieth), which was the grand celebration at the end of the grain harvest. On this occasion, the offerings of food and animals to the Lord were more lavish (Leviticus 23:15–22), an appropriate way to thank Him for the tremendous bounty He had provided. While the celebrations are different for 21 st century Christians, the mindset should be the same. Are we, in faith, giving God our first and our best? When we tithe are we giving the first 10% or waiting to see what’s left over after the cellphone bill, cable bill, car payment… Are we giving Him the best of our time? Do we set aside a part of the day for our personal worship when we are awake and distracted or are we waiting until bedtime and hoping we stay awake through our entire prayer? And most importantly, is Christ first in your life…every part of your life…every moment of your life? Giving Him the first and the best is an act of faith and obedience. But there is no reason to do this in fear for God has promised to provide for our needs, to never leave us for forsake us, and to give an indescribable peace through it all. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Michael Nolt, Pastor6/4ThoughtsHello Members and Friends of Son Light, Unrest. For me, this is the single word to describe where our nation and our world is right now. Unrest with wanting to get out and be around people again. Racial tensions flaring and demonstrations, some peaceful and some not, dominating the news. An election year. There is so much unknown, how do we deal with it? Instead of worrying about the unknown, let’s focus on the known. Since my teen years my favorite music group is the band Petra. One of their songs is called, “More Power To Ya” and is based on Ephesians 6: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” What encompasses the “whole armor of God?”Belt of truthBreastplate of righteousnessShoes for readiness for the gospel of peaceShield of faithHelmet of salvationSword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God Paul exhorts us to be praying at all times, to be alert, to persevere, and to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel. Friends, we have an unending supply of power, peace and comfort available to us if we would just tap into it. It all comes from the Holy Spirit of God. So call upon the name of the Lord, search His Word daily, humble yourself before Him in prayer and may you find More Power To Ya! In Christ, Michael Nolt, Pastor6/11 ThoughtsHello Friends of Son Light, Anticipation. What’s the first thing you think about when you hear that word? For some it might be the end of our current isolation condition. For others it might be an upcoming vacation (I was just watching the web cams at Ocean City, NJ and picturing myself there). And some of you might think ketchup. I’m sure you remember the Heinze commercial many years ago that used the song Anticipation. Go ahead, show your age. But how far down on the list is your anticipation of the return of Christ? Number 6 or 7 or is it even on the list? As Christ followers, we should be filled with excitement and anticipation for the day that Jesus returns. Why is this important? Imagine if there was no promise of a return and no mention of a new Heaven and a new earth. All we would know is what we see today. Does that give you hope and inspiration? How could it? We live in a disease filled and evil filled world corrupted by sin.But when you know, and we do know by the true Word of God, that there is coming a time when there will be no tears, no fears, no sickness, no hardships or trials then we have cause to rejoice today. That’s right, don’t wait until it happens but give thanks to God today for what He has promised will happen. The Apostle Peter closes his second epistle like this: “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these [last day events], be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace… You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:14,17-18) We must still deal with whatever difficulty and trial that is before us but we can do so in confident hope, joy, and anticipation of what is to come. John MacArthur offers this prayer: “Thank You, Father, again, for this wonderful reminder of our future. Thank You that You’ve written our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Thank You that You’ve caused our hearts to turn in faith to Jesus Christ and be saved. Thank You that we’re headed for heaven. Thank You that we shall never be condemned, but only know eternal glory. Not because we’re worthy, not because we’ve done anything to deserve it but because You loved us and You gave Your life for us, because we simply received the offer of salvation freely given.” So, with a grateful heart, let our rejoicing and praise of Almighty God flow freely. And the ketchup too. Michael Nolt, Pastor6/18Thoughts6/26Thoughts7/2ThoughtsHello Friends of Son Light, Instant karma. In general we love to see instant karma, when the bad person “gets what’s coming to him” right away. Like the high speed driver who impatiently goes flying by you only to see him getting his speeding ticket a short time later (as we smile and wave on the way by). Or the arrogant, smack-talking athlete who then loses badly. But when justice is slow, we often complain; to ourselves, to others, and sometimes to God. That’s what the prophet Habakkuk (who?) did. The book named for him opens with these words: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.” (Habakkuk 1:2-4) Maybe you feel that way about our society today. Where’s the justice? Why are things permitted to continue as our nation pulls further away from God? Take note to God’s response in verse 5: “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” I am the type of person who wants to know everything that is going to happen before it happens. Maybe that’s you too. But we don’t. And we can’t. I am not God nor are you. But we don’t have to know everything when we know the One who does. We can rest assured, with peace and comfort, that God remains good and just and completely in control of all things. While we might not see His workings right now, know that He is indeed at work for His glory. The prophet closes his book like this: “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19) Maybe things aren’t as you would like, universally or personally, but the Lord is still our strength. May we rejoice in Him continuously in want and in plenty, in drought and in rain, in good or bad. The Lord is on His throne; Praise be to the Lord! Michael Nolt, Pastor7/9ThoughtsHello Friends of Son Light, So, tell me if you think this would be awkward: I’ve often thought about carrying around a cardboard cutout of Jesus to take with me everywhere I go. I would always position him so that he is looking right at me. In the summer I could put sunglasses on him and in the winter a knit hat to keep him warm. In the fall he would, of course, have his Patriot’s jersey on. Why would I ever think of doing something like that, you might ask. Because I forget. I forget that even when no one else is in the room I am not alone. I forget that Jesus is watching everything that I do and hears everything that I say. I forget that no sin is hidden from God. If Jesus were physically standing beside me every minute of every day would my actions, my words, my efforts be different? Would yours? Following their exile to Babylon, a remnant of Israel was allowed to return and they were to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. They got off to a good start, but then they forgot. They forgot that being able to return was a blessing from God and that they were to serve Him with this building project. They began to think more about themselves than their service to the Almighty. So God sent the prophet Haggai (who?) to remind them. He told them, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.” (Haggai 1:4-5) Consider your ways. What a powerful indictment. I once heard a definition of integrity: it’s what you do when no one is looking. But I forget, someone is always looking. Haggai encouraged the people of Israel and they got the project finished. They adjusted their ways and refocused on what was truly important: serving God. I want to serve Christ faithfully every minute of every day, but sometimes I forget and my selfishness takes control. Until that cardboard figure looks me in the eye and I consider my ways. So if you see me carrying my cardboard Jesus with me, you’ll know why. And feel free to bring yours along as well. Together we’ll remember that someone is always watching and together we’ll give Him the praise and honor and service that He deserves. Thank you Michael Nolt, Pastor
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