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"The Local Church"Stuart Jones Last Sunday many First Christian members were out of the church building serving others while many remained in the building packing meals for Haiti, compiling goody boxes for college students and writing encouraging notes to those who can no longer attend church on a regular basis. You were being the “light of the world” regardless of where you chose to serve.   While what we receive each Sunday morning by participating in a life group and in the worship service is vital to our Christian growth, we are told In Matthew 5 that there is more to be done. We must let our light shine not only as we greet one another, teach or serve in some capacity each Sunday morning but we must also focus on getting that light out of the church building to shine it on others. “You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” Mathew 5:16 ERV. Shining this light must not be restricted to this one Service Sunday. We must shine His light on those we meet every day of the year.   This is so important that Jesus empowered us through prayer. He said in John 17:22-23 ERV “I have given them the glory that you gave me. . . .I will be in them.” He will be with us each time we reach out to serve others through a smile, a kind word and a selfless deed. He’s given us that glory so that others will see His light as we serve.   Whether you were able to participate in the Service Sunday or not, opportunities still await you. How will you be the light of the world today . . . tomorrow . . . Tuesday . . . Wednesday . . . Thursday . . .Friday . . . Saturday?