Albert E. Farley
Some fourteen hundred years after Balaam prophesied that a star would come out of Jacob, a star did, indeed, appear in the heavens, announcing the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus said of Himself, “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Numbers 24:17; Matthew 2; Revelation 22:16.
To navigators and other travelers, the stars have been indispensable in plotting their courses and finding their ways across unmarked and uncharted lands and seas. The morning star announces the dawning of a new day. For the Christian, Jesus Christ gives direction and assurance in a dark, sinful world. Peter said, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:19. Truly, if we will allow the confirmed word of God to guide us, Jesus Christ, as “the day star,” will arise in our hearts; and, regardless of how dark the world may become around us, this star will shine even more brightly to guide us on to the heavenly city of light! “And I will give him the morning star.” Revelation 2:28. Has the day star risen in your heart?
We are getting more excited about our upcoming lectureship that will be hosted and conducted by the Weirton Heights church of Christ, September 26-29! Please see their theme and schedule of times, topics, and speakers elsewhere in this issue and make your plans to attend. We plan to publish a special lectureship issue of the paper next month.
Would you believe that our circulation last month was exactly 2,800 copies? I checked the numbers, and it was so! This, of course, is our current goal. We thank God; we thank all – our older and new subscribers! Please continue to help us in holding and maintaining this number. May God bless us all in our work, together. Albert.
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