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Love in Freedom (14)

October 31st, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Romans 7:21-25

So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.!(NIV)

The frustration  each of us has: we of ourselves cannot love in the freedom God has given us.

There has to be a change: something must happen to all of us for us to be able to participate in this love in freedom.

Who is this Jesus Christ?” is always central to our understanding.

Interview between Michael Feazell and Chris Kettler:

CK:  The true freedom is to be in obedience to the Father, and that’s what we see in Jesus Christ – the only one who can do that, however, is Jesus Christ – only in Christ do we see freedom and obedience come together. When we read the Gospels, the story of Christ really is a human being who is perfectly puts together his freedom (Jesus the most free person of all) but also he also was the most obedient to the Father. He puts those together and in our union with him, that becomes the basis for our humanity in participating by faith in his.

JMF: We have rest

CK: Yeah, exactly. And that’s exciting. That means we don’t have to be burdened by “am I doing enough for God?” or “if I do enough for God, if I am enough I’ll lose this freedom.” That’s what we often think, and so we are scary about actually becoming more committed to Christ –I might lose this freedom. No Jesus Christ puts this freedom and obedience together

This turning to Christ is at the heart and core of the new covenant.

Message for the Day

Love in Freedom (13)

October 30th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Deuteronomy 30:19-20

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.(NIV)

 Israel is the story of humanity in its relationship with God and what a mess!

And there is a reason for this.

Excerpts from a talk by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:

Why God made this kind of world…

But this world [in which we live] is the best possible

kind of world that God could have made for the PURPOSE

HE HAD IN MIND…

He willed to make a MORAL UNIVERSE, in

order that by the right use of the GIFT OF FREEDOM,

characters might emerge…

That is to say, He had to endow us with the power to

say YES and NO. And to be captains of our own fate and

destiny. Morality implies responsibility and duty, but

these can exist only on condition of FREEDOM…

If God has deliberately chosen a kind of empire, not

to be ruled by force but by freedom, and if we find

that His subjects are able to ACT AGAINST His will, as

stars and atoms cannot, does this not prove that He

has possibly given to those human beings the chance of

breaking allegiance, IN ORDER THAT THERE MIGHT BE

MEANING AND PURPOSE in that allegiance, when they

FREELY choose to give it?…”

God did not make any of us as sinners, we make

ourselves, in that sense we are creators; therefore

the greatest gift of God to man short of grace, is the

gift of HUMAN FREEDOM and the power to LOVE HIM IN

RETURN.

It is only in freedom that love can grow. That’s how precious and deep love is.

Message for the Day

France

October 29th, 2009
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Nearly 300 of our French-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ gathered together in Evian, France, for a Celebration of Jesus Christ. Sessions were held to deepen our understanding of Trinitarian theology. There were events for all ages, and the table fellowship was wonderful. This is an annual event that takes place the last week of October every year. French and English translations were provided.

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