I am the light of the world

Jesus, John 8:12

1400 Troy Road, Collinsville, Illinois 62234

- Feeding the mind, nourishing the soul

Terry Mabery

Have you ever listened to tapes or CD’s designed to relax you? It might be the sound of wind rustling through the trees, the sound of the ocean waves at the beach, or just peaceful music. There is a better way to find peace in your life. The peace we have in Christ is a tremendous spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3). 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:6-7 ESV 

Find peace today. Talk to God. He listens. 


I read about a survey that revealed those who were religious enjoy better health. That caused me to dig into my files and I found this. It is somewhat related. According to a July 2008 Reader's Digest article, those Americans who attend a place of worship are happier than those who rarely or never attend. Forty-three percent of religious folks said they were very happy compared to 23 percent of secularists. Thirty-six percent of those who prayed daily said they were very happy compared to 21percent who never pray. 

We who are Christians have far more to be happy about. We have the promise of eternal life. We have the care of a compassionate and all powerful God while we live on earth. We have the spiritual blessings of hope, salvation, the love of God, peace, and more. In addition, I believe our outlook on life is an aid to more healthful living. 

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.  Ps 13:5 ESV 

You have many reasons to rejoice in Christ. Count just a few before leaving your house today. Then have a joyful day.  


Yesterday evening, while out for a walk, I saw a middle school aged boy running around the corner of the house yelling, “Ready or not, here I come.” As I looked into the back yard, I saw another boy running from one hiding place to another. I don’t know if others were involved in the game or not. Boy, did that bring back memories.

It, also, caused some spiritual reflection in me as well. God has promised that our Lord will one day return. Those who are His faithful children will be gathered unto Him for eternity. The rest will be condemned to an eternal hell fire. The point is, He is coming whether “ready or not.” It behooves us to make sure we are ready. Have you been baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38)? Only those baptized believers will be gathered unto Him. Are you living faithful to Him as a child of God (1 John 1:7)? Only those living faithful to Him will be gathered unto Him.

Come join us for Bible study


Sermon Outlines

What Must I Do...?

For your consideration: Printable PDF Version

The New Birth

What About the Resurrection?

A Way of Life

It Is a Tight Squeeze

The Day I Die

I have Found the Book

Jesus Christ: The Prince of Peace

I'll Do It Myself

The Good Shepherd

The Faith to Endure

The God that Sees

Jesus: The Great I AM

The Humility of Jesus

When Time Ends

Christians Are Special

Made in the Image of God

The Mighty One of Jacob

Feelings Felt by a Suffering Servant

I'm too Young

Why Do We Believe Jesus Is the Christ?

Jesus' Passion for the Lost