Reject Perfectionism

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1  Perfectionism is a very rigid view of life that assumes that one’s worth and acceptance is contingent upon doing everything perfectly with no flaws; however, it’s this pursuit of flawlessness that leads us on a…

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Claiming Your Freedom

“Jesus replied, ‘Very true I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’” – John 8:36  The abundant life for which Jesus came and died was…

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Choose Freedom

“It is for freedom that Christ as set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1  The apostle Paul knew a lot about what it was like to be in prison. During his second missionary journey, he was arrested and imprisoned in Philippi.…

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What Will It Take To Restore Our Society

As Coretta Scott King once said, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The restoration Christ seeks is not just individualistic. It’s wholistic. It is not merely about the redemption of souls destined for heaven, but it is also about the structures and…

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The Freedom of Forgiveness

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” – Mark 11:25  When you carry unforgiveness, you are saying that the past is more important than the present. You are saying that the person you refuse to forgive is more…

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The Price Of Freedom

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)  I was recently reminded of a story told by preacher AJ Gordon, who one day met a young boy carrying a rusty cage with several birds fluttering nervously on the inside. Gordon asked the boy where he got the…

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Intangible Blessings

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)  There is a well-known hymn of the church written by Johnson Oatman Jr. in 1897. The opening stanza goes, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are…

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Total Freedom

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)  Can you imagine what it’s like to live a life where someone tells you when to get up and when to go to bed? They tell you when you can eat and when…

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Unforgiveness Is A Prison

s a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)  In the first verse…

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Do Not Fear

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you not forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)  Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter and anti-apartheid leader, spent 27 years of his life unjustly imprisoned in South Africa. His life was marked by fear…

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