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Light in the Darkness

by Chris Watkins - Student Minister

Fall Back for the student ministry is right around the corner. We can count down the days on our hands now. This is our annual fall discipleship retreat. This year our focus will be on the Light in the Darkness. The following is an excerpt from the curriculum we will be walking through next weekend (November 10-12).

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:5

Have you ever been in a place that’s really and truly dark? A place with absolutely zero sources of light? It’s a little unsettling, isn’t it? We lose context. We become disoriented. And if we’re honest, sometimes we get scared. There is another kind of darkness that surrounds us. It’s not the absence of light. It’s the darkness of a world without good. A world without God.

There is darkness. But there is a light, too. And not just any light. It's a light that is overwhelming, all-consuming, and perfectly pure . . . a light that refuses to be ignored. It’s the light of God’s goodness. And it breaks through in the most amazing ways. There is a light that drives away darkness. A light that drives out fear. A light that runs off despair. A light that shines for justice. A light that is comforting, and clarifying . . . A light that saves.

I am prayerfully expecting God to move in the hearts of all that will be participating in our Fall Back Retreat. Will you join me in praying for our students and leaders that will be with us? If you would like to be on a prayer team that I will send a schedule of worship times, please let me know by emailing me at

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