Are You Free at Last?

“He [Onesimus) is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.” (Philemon 1:16, NLT)

Today, we remember Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and the freedom from racism and prejudice of any type that the movement and the American ideal represents. What does it mean to be Free at Last?

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Thank You for Your Service

On the 111th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, our nation celebrated the end of World War 1. Armistice Day became Veterans Day in 1954 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Today, we celebrate all veterans for their self-sacrificing service to preserve freedom.

“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they’ve suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.” 

– President Ronald Reagan, 1983, in a radio address to the nation

Freed to Serve

“For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 25:55, ESV).

How we introduce ourselves reveals what we value about ourselves or what others value about us. When we’re representing our employer, we might say, “Hi, I’m Karen, creative director at SmileZone.” When we’re in the neighborhood, we might introduce ourselves as “Hi, I’m Karen, Keith’s wife and Kristin’s mom.” When we’re at church, we might introduce ourselves, “Hi, I’m Karen, I volunteer in the Women’s Ministry.” When God looks at us, does He see any of those titles?

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A Prayer for Afghanistan & America

A nation in trouble. Afghanistan. America.

Threatened by evil. Held hostage. Promised peace if …

King Hezekiah was threatened by evil. After he learned that giving King Sennacherib gold and silver didn’t work, Hezekiah took the threat to God.

America’s and Afghanistan’s Christians need to take this Taliban threat to God, spreading out the blunders we’ve made, and the evil threats to Christians, Americans, Afghanistan citizens, women, and children, and ask God to save.

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