Devotionals by Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer

Before We Trusted Christ, We Were Not Where We Were Supposed to Be

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I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12).

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The grass is always greener on the other side. This cliché speaks to our longing for something better. We get dissatisfied with where we are and start to look elsewhere. Sadly, when we do journey to the other side, we often find the grass isn’t as green as we thought it would be. The point is to find contentment right now, right where we are.

However, on a spiritual level, the cliché carries some truth. Before we trusted Christ and were made alive in him, we were not where we were supposed to be. We were in the wrong place.

We can blame this on Adam and Eve. They were in the right place and enjoying genuine contentment. After God created Adam and Eve, he placed them in the Garden of Eden. That’s where they belonged. That’s where they could fulfill their greatest purpose.

But all that changed when the crafty serpent entered the picture. Adam and Eve gave in to his cunning scheme. They ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They chose to be independent from God, and in so doing they forfeited his life. They died spiritually. No longer were they welcome in the Garden.

They were now in the wrong place. They were not where they were supposed to be.

Their sin landed all of us in the wrong place. That place is called darkness. It is a horrible place to be. It’s where sin and death rule.

Jesus entered into our world of darkness as the light of life. To those who believed, he gave this promise: "I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness" (John 12:46).

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Think about this. You were in the dark. It was the wrong place to be. Then Jesus entered in. You were rescued. Jesus grabbed you out of the darkness and placed you into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Paul explained it this way: "He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves" (Colossians 1:13).

To cross over from death to life is to cross from darkness to light.

In Him,


Bob Christopher

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About Bob Christopher, Bob Davis and Richard Peifer

Bob Christopher
: Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob’s deepest desire was to be “God’s guy” and yet he struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life.

His "roller-coaster" experience in living the Christian life eventually led him to a bible study where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ.

Bob says: “Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. It’s a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth”.

Bob Davis: In the summer of 1977, at the age of 33, Bob Davis met the living Christ and invited Jesus to take control of his life. Much of his first five years in Christ found Bob attending Bible conferences and seminars, listening to Christian radio, and performing volunteer ministry services.

Bob spent many years in the fields of broadcasting and audio production for Christian radio and as a result of this work, the message of grace penetrated his heart and he embraced his new life in Christ.

Bob says: “I thank God I’ve had the opportunity to serve these many years. It has been an incredible journey of learning, growth, and opportunity for ministry.”

Richard Peifer: Born in Riverside, California and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church, Richard grew up with a keen understanding of and desire to keep The Law. Even with a degree in Ministerial Studies, Richard had to face the truth – he knew lots of theological and biblical facts, but there was no reality of the abundant life Jesus promised. He left ministry and spent the next twenty-six years in the high tech industry.

During this time, Richard and his wife, Lois, studied to discover what they really believed. The more Richard learned about the love and grace of God, the more he wanted to help others leave the bondage of legalism and rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus.

Richard says: “This statement by James Ryle has been the undergirding message of my ministry: Grace is the empowering presence of God, enabling me to be who He has called me to be and to do what He has called me to do.”

Andrew Farley: Andrew is a member of the Basic Gospel board of directors, senior pastor of Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and bestselling author of five Christian books. Andrew is a weekly contributing host of Basic Gospel and shares the life-changing message of the finished work of Jesus Christ in a calm, sometimes comical, always passionate way.

Andrew says: “Basic Gospel Radio proclaims the finished work of Jesus Christ and the beautiful, liberating implications of what it means for us to live under God’s new covenant of grace.”

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