An Invitation to be Part of Christ Reformation Church – Some New Things

This blog is a ministry of Christ Reformation Church. It began as Light for Dark Times and it’s original intent was focused upon teaching Christians what the Bible has to say about evil. Specifically, evil in local churches. That is still a very important mission of this blog.

As you can see however, we have added “Christ Reformation Church” to the blog title and the reason we are doing so, and why we are making a few other changes, is that we realize we need to provide many of our readers with a church home. No, we aren’t trying to replace actual local churches, but the truth is that the condition of local churches today is, well, rather pathetic. And if you are a victim of domestic abuse (or other kinds of abuse) that occurred in the context of a local church, then you know that most churches on a street corner are simply not going to back you up. When it comes to having a church home, you end up homeless.

As a result, many of you have mentioned to us that our blogs (including and the sermons we publish on have become what you consider to be your church or at least a primary source of Christian fellowship. So we are responding and making some changes and additions here that we hope will enable you to feel more like you are a part of Christ Reformation Church – this little body of believers here in Tillamook, Oregon consisting of only about 30 people. YOU are an encouragement to us too!

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How Local Churches Become Enslaved to Evil (Part 2) – Leaving Our First Love

Rev 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

This is the second installment in the series of posts I want to share with you about how local churches become enslaved to evil, even to the point of no longer being true churches at all. I am going to draw from Scripture and, for illustration, my personal experience in Christ Reformation Church as it existed over 25 years ago when I first came here as pastor.

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What Did Jesus Mean – “I go to Prepare a Place for You”?

John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Have you ever wondered? What did Jesus mean? “I go to prepare a place for you”? What is that all about? What is this “place”?

Jesus is speaking about the New Creation. The New Eden. The New heavens and earth. This is why the Gospel of John opens with Genesis 1 language – “In the beginning…”. In Christ, God the Father has effected the restoration of Eden. This time there is no chance of it going bad.

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