Tag Archives: freedom

James 1:19-25 — Open hearts

At times, I must admit this letter James wrote seems a bit disjointed. He just seems to jump from topic to topic. But the more I’ve been reading this letter as a whole, the more united it has become. In … Continue reading

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Ephesians 3:12 — Freedom and confidence

I wonder how often we take for granted what we have in Christ. I look at this whole passage in Ephesians 3, and it talks about this mystery that even the Old Testament prophets and priests never really understood, at … Continue reading

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Galatians 4:21-5:1 — Children of promise

In this passage, Paul makes a very interesting allegory to drive home a simple point:  We are children of God based on His promise, not children of God based on our keeping his law. He talks about the story of Hagar and … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 6:12-20 — What freedom in Christ does not mean

One of the key things that Paul taught in his letters was freedom from the law.  That we are no longer under law, but under grace.  But much as people do in this time, people in Corinth were corrupting that … Continue reading

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Romans 6 — True freedom

Why do so many people flee from following God?  I suppose it comes from a desire to be free.  What does freedom mean to most people?  It means being able to live however they want to.  But if they follow … Continue reading

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Acts 16:11-40 — Set free

If there is one theme in this chapter, it’s being set free. Lydia and her household were set free from from their sin, and perhaps the Jewish requirements of the law as well. The girl was set free from the … Continue reading

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Luke 13:10-17 — To set people free

Old ways of thinking die hard.  You’d think that by now, the Jewish leaders would start to understand that healing on the Sabbath was not wrong.  They had tried time and again to argue the point with Jesus, and time … Continue reading

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John 8:31-36 — The truth that sets free

Many times, people look at the “rules of Christianity,” and feel that they are so binding.  That they couldn’t enjoy life if they followed them. But when Jesus tells us how we should live, he doesn’t do so to bind us … Continue reading

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Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39 — Set free

A very bizarre story to say the least.  Here, Jesus and his disciples come to the other side of the lake following the storm, and when they do, they immediately come across two demon possessed men.  (One wonders why only … Continue reading

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Psalm 119: 41-64 — The word that brings freedom and comfort

The love that the writer has for God’s word really strikes me as I go through this psalm.  So many people take God’s word as something that binds.  Namely, something that takes away our freedom to enjoy life.  “Do this, … Continue reading

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