When The Lamp Is But A Flicker
TEXT: Luke 11:33-36,"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.  If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
ILLUS: I wasn't raised on a farm, but my wife was. She was one of 12 children. Including her mother and father, 14 people sat down for meals 3 times every day. Kitty and I were talking about it just this week, how her mother made biscuits 3 times a day. I don't know what they would add up to in a lifetime, but suffice it to say, it was "bunch."
Living on farm did not always provide the conveniences city dwellers enjoyed. For example; electricity didn't come to many of the rural areas until the late 40's. One of the things important to good school work was a bright light. Kitty did her school work by lantern light. I can imagine it was hard on the eyes and not easy to do the work.
When the lamp would grow dim, she would lift the glass, and with her finger, trim the wick, making it brighter. Those were the days.
I tell that brief story to bring us to my thoughts this morning, "When the Lamp is but a Flicker."
INTRODUCTION: In the passage of Scripture I have selected this morning, the Lord discusses light and darkness. The Lamp, of course, represents Christ and salvation. He is the Light of the world. He is provoking thought here concerning the need to secure and be assured on one's salvation: "Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.  If thy whole body therefor ...
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