by Jeff Strite

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The Freedom Of Light (1 of 4)
Series: Duck Dynasty
Jeff Strite
Acts 26:9-29

OPEN: ([] - from ''time marks'' 4:48 to 8:45.
We opened the sermon with this video cut from a CBN TV interview with Phil and Kay Robertson. After we played the clip, I entered the auditorium dressed in camouflage hunting gear. After reading the text and praying the opening prayer I began to preach the sermon)

One of the things that caught my attention in that interview we played was Phil Robertson’s comment: ''My life was spiraling out of control in a hurry. It's literally what Jesus said, 'from darkness to light.'''

And I thought ''darkness to light? When did Jesus say that?
Well, right here in Acts 26:17b-19 Jesus says to Paul:

''I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from DARKNESS TO LIGHT, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.''

These words are our battle cry as Christians.
These words represent our objectives in the war for the hearts and minds of men and women.

-We are called to open peoples’ eyes
-To turn them from darkness to light
-To turn them from the power of Satan to God
-To offer them God’s forgiveness of their sins
-and to supply them with a safe place where they can practice their faith.

And when we succeed in those goals we end up converting people like Phil Robertson. A man whose life was dramatically changed from the darkness of sin to the light of God.

There are 4 things here I want you to notice in Phil Robertson’s conversion.

1st - He was a self-sufficient man. He didn’t feel he needed anyone. He could do whatever needed done and was literally a self-made man. As a high-school athlete, he’d earned All-State rankings in football, baseball, and track, which earned him a football scholarship at Louisiana Tech. There, Phil played first-string quarterback. Does anybody know ...

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