Monday, November 18, 2013

Pastor's Ponderings: November 18, 2013


Last week I received good news from my physicians.  I am still cancer free after almost two years! Other than a few minor aches and pains, I am in very good health for a senior citizen. I subsequently contacted the Red Cross and I am happy to know I am once again free to donate blood. As a regular donor, it saddened me that I was no longer eligible to do something so important to me.

Freedom means different things to different people.  For Dr. Martin Luther King and the Freedom Riders of the sixties, it meant freedom to fully participate in American life.  For some, freedom means being free from poverty, abusive relationships, fear, lack or low self-esteem.  For others, freedom means being free to explore, speak and write what they choose or worship as they desire.

In the book of Acts, a mob of people attacked Paul and Silas and they ended up in prison (Acts 16:22-35).  In spite of their imprisonment, Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God (Acts 16:25).

Although they were in dire straits after being beaten and then imprisoned, they seemed to behave as if they were free men. They did not allow their external circumstances to determine their relationship in Christ. In the midst of their praise, the chains fell off of them and their fellow prisoners.

What does freedom mean to you? How has focusing on God led to your freedom?  How might your praise help others to get free?

Please comment below about your freedom from or freedom to do something.  Others can receive their freedom from hearing from you!

Revelation 12:11 New International Version (NIV)
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink
from death

Acts 16:25, 26

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
and the prisoners heard them.

26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations
of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened,
and every one's bands were loosed.

John 8:36

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

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