Slavery did not begin in the 1800s. It did not begin in Exodus 1, nor did it end as the children of Israel’s feet touched dry land at the end of Exodus 14. Our freedom wasn’t stolen from us by the Enemy. We handed our faith and freedom to the Enemy in Genesis 3 when we chose to believe him over what God had said. (more…)
In America we have many freedoms. Freedom of speech, the press, the right to bear arms, and the freedom of religion. While on my journey around the world with the World Race, it became clear to me that not everyone is as fortunate. In many countries, the law determines what religion you are to practice. As in America, if a law is broken, you are punished.
For some Hindus or Buddhists, converting to Christianity would mean being exiled from their family. In a country where radical Islam has religious rule, converting could mean death. For us here in America, it may look like being bullied at school or our job.
This month in America we celebrate the independence of America, and the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans. It’s cliche, but true freedom is never free. Many men and women have died to create and to protect the rights of American citizens.
God gives you freedom too. You have the freedom to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior or choose to follow your way.
Moms have a special gift. Their gift does not involve shooting lasers from their eyes or flying; it involves their stamina, their loyalty, their love. I am willing to bet there are no other people on this earth more willing to put others before themselves than a mom is for her children. I am willing to bet that no one will take up for you more than your mom. Why is this? Why for thousands of years have women, moms specifically, been so loyal and willing to go the extra mile for the ones they love?
What a time Jesus and His friends must have had traveling together!
Jesus moving seamlessly between leader and friend, speaker, teacher and preacher. Divine humanity wrapped up in One who delighted in everything He created and loved, especially (more…)