Yesterday Naomi and I drove an hour and a half from our home to Paris, Texas. It was an opportunity to visit with our friends of 35 years, James and Ann Brockway, who live in Paris. Also, for a long time I had wanted to hear my distant cousin preach. Eric Moore serves as the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Paris.

It was such a blessing to hear Eric minister the Word. What an excellent pastor and preacher! The church is vibrant with friendly people of all ages. Pastor Eric’s message was clear, biblical, compassionate, and impassioned. A graduate of Baylor University and Truett Theological Seminary, he is finishing a doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. It was an added blessing to have Sunday dinner with Eric, his wife, Rene, their two young sons, and the Brockways.

Naomi and I were blessed by time with our long-term friends. We were also strengthened by Eric’s ministry and the joy of being with his beautiful family. The Brockways and Moores are a credit to the gospel and lights for Jesus in their city. Yesterday served as a reminder that I want to pass on as we start this new week.

There’s a lot wrong with our country. But God is still raising up stellar young men and women who faithfully serve Him at the post where He has assigned them. They are fruitful and their lives honor Jesus.  Let’s be faithful at our post today. Amazingly, the Light of the World says to us, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Let’s reflect His light. “Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night . . .” (Philippians 2:14-16, MSG).