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question, is it real; is it true? As I pondered, Scripture came streaming through my mind. We need not be distracted by all the chaos in the world. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, know truth, for Christ is Truth, and He came to testify to the truth.

Let us carefully ponder the words of the conversation Jesus had with Pilate. Who was left wondering “What is truth?”

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this, he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.” (John 18:37-38)

Therefore, let us not wonder where our focus should be, for “we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Jesus explains clearly, “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world” (John 9:4-5). “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:14-16).  To God be the glory forever! Amen!

—Jackie Towns, Biblical Storyteller and Teacher

Focus on Christ Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our Faith   (Oct. 28, 2018)

I was awakened this morning with the sad reality that there is a lot of darkness in this world and Satan’s influence is ever so increasing. We live in a world of virtual reality and fiction with our images created in cyberspace. We see it; we read it, and yet we are left to ask the