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Enjoying Your Freedom

Liberty Close up

   Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:1 NKJV Bible Gateway

   Liberty and Freedom. Today is a day of joyous celebration for the whole country. Marching bands and barbecues and fireworks. Nothing shy, subdued or subtle about the 4th of July. We will remember those who have died to create this land of the free as well as those brave men and women who gave their all to protect it. The very bones of our nation are built on the idea that all of us are equal and free to persue happiness. Whatever that might look like and regardless of the cost.

    No! That’s not what it says in the constitution. It does say that we are all created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But, one mans happy might be another mans sad. This is why we have laws to govern our behavior. I am not free to do whatever I like if it interferes with another persons life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

    Likewise most “religions” have lots of rules of conduct and traditions that must be adhered to. Jesus came to fulfilled the Law and heralded in a new and better way. Radically different from the old way because the Law of Moses was incapable of cleansing us from our sins. It only covered up our sin until they could be washed away. Washed by the Blood of the Lamb. The Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.

     We, who have trusted in the shed blood of Jesus, should hold our heads up high and walk in the liberty and freedom that Christ has made for us and not be again mixed up in the rules and traditions of religion or in the guilt and shame of our own past sins. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. Free to live a life full of love for Him who first loved us and free to share that love with everyone. Yes, everyone.

    Let freedom ring this 4th of July and let that song you sing be a song of love because God is love and He desires that all come to the saving knowledge of the truth. Let us fulfill the law of Love.

      Be blessed. Have fun. Love them like Jesus. Al

Saint Patrick’s Day

Ahh the wearing of the green and all that that entails!!

It’s the 17th of March and the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a widely observed holiday dating back 100’s of years the complete history of it can be found on Wikipedia as well as many other sites. There is a lot of history and emotion behind this holiday. More than I can cover in this brief post but I will address one thing here, for better or worse. Sainthood.

Saints, Sainthood and the idea of some believers being “holier” than others.

A search of the word “saint” will show it defined as “one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holinessWiki or “To regard or venerate as extremely virtuousYahoo and many more.

For me the only source used to define things is the Bible so let’s see what the Word of God and Jesus have to say about saints, sainthood and being holier then others.

The Old Testament has many references to saints. Moses and the prophets as well as the Psalms mention saints but in a generic general sense and not to one person or group of peoples in particular. The New Testament refers to saints as those who believe in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, Jesus never used the term saint in any of the recorded gospels.

Jesus did, however, have much to say about righteousness and position in the kingdom of God.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 KJV

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4

When James and John request places of honor at the Lords side in heaven Jesus answered them –

Mark chapter 10 vss 37-45  

37 “We want to sit on the thrones next to yours in your Kingdom,” they said, “one at your right and the other at your left!”

38 But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow I must drink from? Or to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”

39 “Oh, yes,” they said, “we are!”

And Jesus said, “You shall indeed drink from my cup and be baptized with my baptism, 40 but I do not have the right to place you on thrones next to mine. Those appointments have already been made.”

41 When the other disciples discovered what James and John had asked, they were very indignant. 42 So Jesus called them to him and said, “As you know, the kings and great men of the earth lord it over the people; 43 but among you it is different. Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. 44 And whoever wants to be greatest of all must be the slave of all. 45 For even I, the Messiah,[a] am not here to be served, but to help others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.

So, we see that the Word of God defines Saints as believers in Jesus Christ who exercise childlike faith and humility while being a servant to others and whose righteousness exceeds that of the Old Testament scribes and Pharisees

A tall order? No, not when you consider the truth that with the help of our Lord we can do anything and that as believers we are cleansed of all unrighteousness by the blood of the Lamb. We are made to sit in high places because we are heirs to His righteousness.  As such we are all Saints. As for Patrick or any of the other officially recognized “Saints” I can not speak. Just as no one can speak accurately about anyone’s relationship with Christ.

What I am attempting to get across on this Saint Patrick’s Day is that we, believers in Jesus, are all Saints and as such we should act accordingly –

With childlike love and faith in service to others and the knowledge of Gods Word in our hearts and minds ever ready to give an account of the joy we hold so dear – Jesus is Lord and He is Alive!!

Thanks for stopping by and be blessed, Al

Happy Anniversary (to us)

Our first anniversary is almost here and it’s been a great year – thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read the posts and give feedback.

For a long time I wanted to start a blog as a way to sharing, growing and interacting with a community of believers. Last year I finally set aside my fears and stepped out in faith. As some of you may have noticed the blog has gone threw changes as I have become more familiar with the process.

Two major things I have taken away from this past year are –

I don’t have to have the answers. I am only one voice in a sea of many but the need to “have the answer” doesn’t exist. The Bible has the answer and the Holy Spirit leads us all to that truth. I only hoped to create a place where conversations can start. I hope I have done that and will continue to challenge us all to grow in the knowledge of His love.

Another thing I learn is I am only a part of the much larger community. As I see on the internet so many different types of blogs from believers I have to accept that I am only a small part of a larger body. Much like the foot is only part of the body and should not compare itself to the hand or the head. We all have our part to play in keeping the body whole and functioning.

Autumn Tree 3

 As a child plays in a pile of freshly raked Autumn leaves let us dive into Gods Word together this coming year and see what wonderful things He has for us to learn.

Thank you all for stopping by. Be Blessed, AL