After many years of diverse career experience, I was excitedly counting down the days until my retirement. I eagerly anticipated being in control of my schedule and time while enjoying a slower pace of life. I envisioned more days devoted to serving in ministry at my church and deepening relationships...
Happy Fourth of July! Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on true liberty and one on freedom from evil.
What Is True Liberty? (Gene Edward Veith, Ligonier Ministries)
Jesus, through the power of His sacrificial death and resurrection, frees sinners from the bondage of sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel, we are set free. Though while we are still in the flesh we may still struggle with sin, we are free from sin’s dominion.
The Most Radical Mission for Christians May Be The Most Mundane (Brett McCracken)
Young, restless church leaders are writing books and attending conferences about urban ministry in London, New York or Buenos Aires. But who is getting excited about planting churches in Midwestern suburbia, rural Appalachia or the tiny towns that dot the farmland in flyover country?
3 Truths about God to Help You Pray and Act (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
God’s Word is pure. He says things that you may not want to hear, and things that are hard to hear. But these are not to harm you, they are to heal you. God’s Word will bring conviction to your soul, an awareness of your own need, but it is pure, and it will always do you good.
Your Church Is Not a Restaurant (Trevin Wax, TGC)
When pastors notice that their church members have been absent for a while and they check up on them, they’re puzzled to discover that there isn’t a particular reason why these members have been more absent than present. The attenders are not mad, and they’ve not had a bad experience; they just see church attendance much as someone might see the choice between Firehouse Subs or Red Robin. It’s whatever they’re in the mood for that Sunday, or during that season of life.
Freedom from Evil and Freedom to Do Good in Jesus (Davis Wetherell, Unlocking the Bible)
Think of the fruit of the spirit as the multitude of other fruit in the Garden of Eden, the fruit other than of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam and Eve could eat of every other fruit with no restriction, but they chose the one they could not eat.
Christian, a similar conflict faces you today. Will you choose sin, which you have been set free from, or will you choose goodness or faithfulness or gentleness or self-control, which you are free to enjoy abundantly for eternity?