Kingdoms Clash
The events that transpired in Charlottesville, VA last week represent kingdoms in conflict. The alt-right, Neo-Nazi, white-supremacist crowd represents a kingdom built on fear and hatred.  It is a kingdom of darkness.  Rarely is the Evil One so direct.  He usually likes to work in more subtle ways with confusion and misdirection.  On this weekend in Charlottesville, as in other times in history, the Evil One spewed hatred, anger and ultimately murder in broad daylight.
There was a another Kingdom represented in Charlottesville that night.  Leah Wise writes in Christianity Today about a group that gathered in a church to pray and sing. It was a diverse group from various ethnic backgrounds.  This group knew they could not stop the demonstration of hatred going on outside the doors of the church but they also knew they needed to be somewhere other than on the couch that night.  They needed to stand together against darkness.  So, while the torches danced outside in the darkness, they sang "This Little Light of Mine".  The next day pastors and the faithful from all over gathered to march for that same kingdom of Light. They marched in prayerful silence in the face of a Neo-Nazi, armed militia filled with hatred.
You might look to other kingdoms and leaders (political, celebrity, scholarly, wealthy) to lead us out of this chaos.  And, there have been times in history when God used good leaders to lead well, this is not one of those times.  I think God reminds us in times like this that our loyalty lies first and foremost with His kingdom. We need to follow the One who gave His life to defeat the darkness that threatens our world.
I look forward to Sunday. We will gather as a diverse group of people from various ethnic backgrounds, ages, and economic levels to acknowledge the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Though we do not have a crowd of Neo-Nazis outside, make no mistake, we battle against the darkness.  And, like the Master we follow, our greatest weapon against evil is our willingness to sacrifice ourselves because we love God and others more than we love ourselves.
Theft
Though she cannot say it yet, my granddaughter knows the concept of "MINE!" Her father and I were assembling something on the living room floor when she found the shiny stainless-steel wrench at our feet. It was, immediately, her new favorite toy.  She would not part with it.  We tried trading her, we tried distracting her but she saw through all our attempts to release her iron grip on the wrench.  We finally had to take the direct approach and just peal her fingers off and put it back in the toolbox.  The wailing did not last long.  If she had the vocabulary I know she would have said, "mine!"

Kaelyn's attachment to the wrench is typical of our human tendency to attach ourselves to shiny things.  We love to grab hold of things and declare, "MINE!" There are two commandments that address this tendency.  The 8th and the 10th. The 8th commandment admonishes us not to steal. It is wrong for us to take something we want from someone else. We have these cute cliches that justify theft: "Possession is 9/10th's of the law."; "Squatters rights." and "Finders keepers, losers weepers." But, no matter how we couch it, stealing is a sin.

When we take something from someone else we violate them and we violate God. God owns it all, of course, He created it.  But, He entrusts it to people.  They become stewards of His creation. If we take it, we fail to acknowledge the image of God in them. We also fail to acknowledge God's control of this world that gave them stewardship over that thing.  The very fabric of our world begins to break down when we steal.  Whether it is tax evasion, cheating our employees out of wages, pocketing a refund we didn't have coming, or a 5 finger discount, we are violating God's order and inviting chaos into His world.

How do we learn to loosen our iron grip on "stuff"? This Sunday we will try to get behind the brokenness of theft. We will try to unlock the power that moves us from the "mine" of possession to the "enough" of contentment.  See you Sunday!
-Pastor Kris
Announcements
Welcome: 
This Sunday, during the service, we will welcome our new Sunlight Academy teachers Jeanne Mejeur (Threes and Cultural Enrichment Coordinator) and Kettlie Eugene (VPK Coordinator).  We will pray for Amanda Albuquerque, our Director, as well as Jeanne and Kettlie during the service.

CENTRAL COMMUNITY GROUP
We will be meeting this week Monday at 7 pm. Starting in September, they will meet every Monday at 7 pm.
PRESCHOOL:
Sunlight Christian Academy officially opens on Monday!  Pray for our students and teachers as they take the first steps in this new adventure.  Continue to pray for new students to join us.
SUNLIGHT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY:
Amanda will be available to give preschool tours from 9 am to 3 pm weekdays.  Feel free to stop in and look around and tell all your friends with preschoolers!  She can also be reached 978-201-2161.
CADETS BOYS CLUB
will begin their new season Wednesday, September 20, at 7:00 pm.
BOOK CLUB:
For Sept 10, the selection is "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo. We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
VHS - Vision, Huddle, Skills -
Our next VHS meeting is coming August 29.  This gathering is for everyone who calls Sunlight home and would like to further the mission God has given us in this community.  Plan to join us!
Prayer Concerns


BUB AND TANI DYKSTRA are thankful to God for encouraging test results. Further testing will be done in November. Thank you all for your continued prayers.

SYMPATHIES go out to the family of long-time member, Arlene Tiddens, who lost her valiant struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She died on Aug. 11. A memorial service will be held Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 11am, at Palm Beach National Chapel followed by lunch, then burial in the National Cemetery. All are welcome to attend. For details, contact Judy Mulder, 561-312-9723, jdtmulder@aol.com, or the website www.palmbeachnationalchapel.com. Doug and Judy's address: 7 Whitehall Way, Boynton Beach, FL 33436
 
PETER BOLT has been diagnosed with pre-cancerous leukemia. Pray for continued strength as he would really like to be able to go home.
 
Jo Schans has begun Hospice care for her weakening heart but will remain at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room J-115.

Ted VanKalker remains at Signature Care in Lake Worth. Pray for both Ted and Betty.
  
REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
Berta Dorhout, Dolly Van Peursem, Betty Van Kalker, and Betty Thomson.
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