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"A Once In A Lifetime Event"

As I am writing my newsletter article, the solar eclipse is occurring. It is a natural phenomenon that usually occurs only once or maybe a few times in one’s lifetime. In this summer’s event, millions of people are traveling to be able to watch this amazing event. In Carbondale, Illinois the total eclipse will last for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. Other areas along the “path of totality” will witness a total eclipse that lasts a minute or less.

So what’s all the fuss? Why so much hysteria over something like this? Schools are cancelled, hotel rooms cost $1000, and people are paying astronomical fees to park in someone’s yard for an afternoon of sun gazing. Sometimes we see people doing things that seem kind of silly. Undoubtedly, there will be some who get arrested for public intoxication, or for creating a nuisance, or there may be auto accidents due to the extreme amount of traffic in small towns. The sad thing is that there is an eclipse of the Son occurring every day, and no one notices. A solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks the sun’s ray, and causes some darkness beneath. The area beneath the shadow of the moon becomes darker. Too often there are obstacles that block the heavenly light from the Son of God. Thus many people do not experience the salvation and life that Jesus can give.

Too many people in our nation and world are walking in the darkness, refusing to enjoy a relationship with the Son of God– Jesus Christ. Their lives are void of the hope He can give. They do not experience that peace that Jesus can give. Many do not understand the everlasting love that their Heavenly Father has for those who believe in Christ.
Isaiah prophesied about the coming of Christ and compared it to the dawning of a new day, or the uncovering of a bright light.

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Jesus said, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What a shame that so many people are walking in an “eclipse of the Son.” Things and habits are blocking out the light of the Son of God from reaching people’s hearts and lives. Many could have that blessed assurance of hope, and the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit working in them.

Jesus doesn’t always keep bad things from happening to us, but he does provide strength to endure, and often time we see prayers answered, and miracles happen. May you enjoy the light that the Son of God can bring to your life!




Our Service is a blend of traditional and contemporary. We sing traditional hymns and worship choruses. A message based on readings from the Bible is also shared each week.

BOAT CHURCH AT LAKE MANITOU SPILLWAY: 7:44AM - In case of rain, Boat Church will be canceled and we will worship together at 10:30am at the Church.



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First Baptist Church of Rochester
1000 Main Street
Rochester, Indiana 46975