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Independence Day: What Truths Do We Hold? (pt 2)

In part 1, I exhorted you to check out the Declaration of Independence.  I did this because I believe that growing in one’s immediate, temporal context enables one to grow in his or her global and eternal context. Through understanding and appreciation, we are both challenged and equipped to activate the eternal purposes of God expressed in time-space reality. “And he …

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Independence Day: What Truths Do We Hold? (pt 1)

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” ~ Thomas Paine Family, friends, food, and fireworks…it must be the 4th of …

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Happy Brexit! (Independence Day)

Well, it’s that time of year when we all get to guess for a week between fireworks or gunshots (I live in AZ where the aforementioned are very accessible). Something else that comes well-stocked this time of year is Patriotic regalia, in its various forms.  This, of course, includes movies. Every 4th of July I religiously watch one of my all-time favorites, “The …

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Freedom Is An Acquired Taste: Maybe I’m Not Free

“Freedom is an acquired taste.” ~ Steven Furtick Have heard of people coming to Christ and being “set free” of crazy things?  I have.  Drugs, alcohol, depression…you name it, I have heard it. I want to accept these stories at face value, however, there’s just one problem for me – I have not experienced this sort of release!  And for years …

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But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced that which you thought would deliver the ultimate, and it has just let you down. ~ Ravi Zacharias FREEDOM DENIED: I grew up listening to various rock-n-roll musicians, and one of my all-time favorites was U2.  They were actually the second live band I had the privilege of seeing …

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Suck Rocks: This Is Living Now (More Thoughts on FREEDOM)

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” ~ Galatians 5:1 Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live. FREEDOM EXAMINED  (courtesy of http://www.tourfactory.com/950924) The following was inspired by true events.  Names have been changed to protect the identity of those portrayed. “Hey, Bill!  What did …

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Got Freedom?

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2 Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live.  Last week, I wrote about the tension between slavery and freedom, and used recently deceased frontman, Scott Weiland, …

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Nightmares Are Dreams Too: A Stone Temple Pilot Crashes

Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live.  Do you ever ask people how their day is?  What about those who you work with?  If you’re like me, you have heard the response, “I’m living the dream.” I pity these poor folks because this statement is always drenched in cynicism.  I …