Sep 30, 2017

Captives Of Love

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When Paul said, “The love of Christ controls us,” he was using it in the sense of love being the driving force in His life.  The fact that “one died for all,” for love’s sake, is a life transforming worldview.  It changes how we see people.  It changes the way we treat everyone.  It changes

Sep 29, 2017

The Evil Of Controlling

By |Sep 29, 2017|Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Father, Freedom, Love|0 Comments

The work of controllers is very un-God-like.  God gives us unconditional love.  God’s love is what gave us freedom in the first place.  This is freedom to disobey Him and go against His desires for us.  It is freedom to eat from the other tree.  It is freedom to go our own way and walk

Sep 9, 2017

God In A Box

By |Sep 9, 2017|Devotionals, Father, Freedom, Worship|4 Comments

When we put God in a box, we are the losers.  The restrictions we place on Him, to contain or control Him, destroy our own freedom.  The loss is immeasurable in the beauty we miss, the knowledge we lose, and the sense of awe at the glory of His holiness.  The awe that we feel

Aug 24, 2017

Free Grace

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The protestant church has divided itself over predestination and free will.  John Wesley sought and found a middle way in prevenient grace.  In it he taught that all persons are given a measure of grace, which enables them to freely choose.  The implications of this are huge.  Without prevenient and ongoing grace we are still

Aug 21, 2017

Free Persons

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The ancient world was divided by slaves and free persons.  Christians were to use their freedom to become God’s slave.  “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God” 1 Peter 2:16 (NASB).  We will all be the slave of something or

Apr 25, 2017

God’s Way

By |Apr 25, 2017|Choices, Devotionals, Discipline, Father, Freedom, Mercy, Obedience, Repentance, Surrender|2 Comments

God does not always get His way in the world and in individual lives.  That is the risk He took when He gave us freedom of choice.  And to say that He makes all of our choices for us, taking absolute control, turns rationality on its head.  To say, “Thy will be done on earth

Dec 13, 2016

Dying Before You Die

By |Dec 13, 2016|Christ, Cross, Death, Devotionals, Formation, Freedom, Growth, Joy, Surrender|0 Comments

You are called to die before you die.  In this dying you accept the demise of your own ego for a higher good.  In this dying you live.  In this dying there is a new way of living.  In this dying there is real fruit bearing.  What you thought would bind you has freed you. 

Jul 3, 2016

Being Set Free

By |Jul 3, 2016|Christ, Compassion, Cross, Deliverance, Devotionals, Freedom, Grace, Humility, Love, Surrender|1 Comment

True Christianity is not binding but liberating.  Legalism binds.  Love sets free.  Even surrender to the cross sets us free.  Christ did not come to bring us a new religion, more rigid than the ones that preceded it.  He came to give freedom through love and grace.  He welcomed those who, before, had been unwelcome. 

Jun 17, 2016

Initiate Good

By |Jun 17, 2016|Choices, Devotionals, Freedom, Grace, Guidance, Service, Works|1 Comment

God is waiting on us to use the freedom He gave us to initiate something good.  When we see needs, we are not to say, “What is God going to do?” Instead, we are to say, “What am I going to do for God in this situation?”  We are already commissioned.  We have eyes to

Apr 9, 2016

My Pierced Ear

By |Apr 9, 2016|Devotionals, Father, Freedom, Life, Love, Redemption, Worship|0 Comments

I was a slave, and He set me free.  How will I use this freedom?  I will use this freedom in love to serve my Master, the One who freed me.  I will not go out on my own from Him.  I will ask Him to pierce my ear, so that all will know that