Heart Freedom Isn’t Free Either

As we celebrate Veterans Day today, it’s rather easy to look around life and pick out the men and women who I know that have served me and my country through military service. I’m sure I’d miss some of them, but I can certainly name a few, and I thank them. But what about freedom of the heart? Who has paid THAT price? Certainly, Jesus did. The sacrifice he made for me on the cross completely paid the price for my Salvation, Freedom, and Life. But is that it? Is freedom of the heart like freedom of speech, where once it’s paid for I can just walk out the door and exercise it to my heart’s content? I don’t think so. I’m thinking today of three other places where the price for freedom must be paid. First is all the men and...

Night Vision

This is an extended excerpt from a newsletter I received yesterday from The Noble Heart. It’s an excellent picture of walking with God through the dark times. Night vision.  It feels like night vision is required when looking into our own life or the life of another.  We can make out the shape of some things that seem to be significant in the discovery of who we are, but they remain fairly dim and undefined or can disappear altogether.  I remember several late evenings (actually early mornings) getting up and walking into the kitchen to get a pain reliever for a headache.  I would leave the lights off hoping not to wake my wife and avoiding any other reasons for my head to hurt.  As I would walk through the dark living room, I would...

A New Heart – Life, Freedom, and a New Name

These are notes & scripture from a lesson I’m leading tonight with my church youth group. I put them here for later and whoever else might get something from them I. Sing II. Prayer Requests III. Ice Breaker IV. Review a. Father / son relationship on earth b. Father / child relationship with God i. John 3:16 1. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. ii. Romans 8:15-17: 1. You have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,” iii. Galatians...