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Free Indeed

                        Free Indeed

                                      John 8:32, 36 
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Harriet Tubman was a black slave during the 1800’s. As a young girl, she was beaten and whipped by her various masters. She suffered a traumatic head wound when a slave owner threw a heavy metal weight intended for another slave. The damage to her head caused dizziness and pain throughout her life time.

After the Master of the plantation died, she heard a rumor that she was going to be sold the next day. Late that night Harriet slipped out into the darkness and began to run. Her father had told her, “If there’s no moon shining, feel for the moss on the trees, moss always grows on the north side.” Harriet made her way to the state of Pennsylvania where she was, “free.” Harriet was helped by the “Underground Railroad” which was not a railroad at all but a chain of people wan…

Living by Faith or In Fear?

            Living by Faith or In Fear?

                                     I Corinthians 2:5
"That your faith might not rest (stand) in the wisdom of men but inthe power of God."

Does fear take hold of your emotions in your day-to-day life? Do you understand that faith is not something you can produce in and of yourself?  Can you develop a faith that conquers all your fears?

Psalm 56:3, David reveals his faith with these words: "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."  Psalm 119 is filled with verses expressing the way in which David treasured God's Word: "With my whole heart I have sought thee" (v. 10); "I will meditate on your precepts" (v. 15); "I will hide your words in my heart" (v. 11). What wisdom those words speak to us today. It’s not in David we put our trust but in the power of the gospel, the finished work of Christ.

God is gracious and understanding towards our weaknesses. But, the Bible is clear that our faith do…

What an Outstanding Mother!

        What an Outstanding Mother!
                                         Acts 12:1-12

Mary, the mother of John Mark, was known for being a distinguished Christian woman from the city of Jerusalem. There is no record of his father, but Mark is reported to be a cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Mary’s house was known for being a popular place for Christians to gather and pray (Acts 12:12). After an angel freed the apostle Peter from Herod's prison, he went first to Mary’s house (Acts 12:6-12).

This is the only time the Bible mentions Mary, the mother of John Mark, but we can glean some inspiring insights from her life. She was a supporter of the early church and showed tremendous bravery in encouraging the work of God. Great persecution was sweeping through the church at this time and James, the brother of John, had already been martyred. Through all of this, Mary still welcomed the church into her home at great personal risk. Mary was a praying woman (mom) and raised a believi…

What Does Unforgiveness Look Like?

What Does Unforgiveness Look Like?

                                   Matthew 18:21-35
                     The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Are there limits or boundaries in forgiveness? What does unforgiveness look like in the life of the believer? Can a Christian continue in their unforgiving attitude and it not be sin?

Forgiveness is commanded by God and true remission must be imparted without conditions or restrictions. Christ has forgiven all transgressions against us (Psalm 103:12) and will cast every sin into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19). Hebrews 8:12 says, “I will remember their sins no more” and Isaiah 43:25 declares,  “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” God’s forgiveness towards us is abundant in love and overlaid with His grace.

What does unforgivenss in the life of a believer look like? The lack of forgiveness does more damage to us than to the offender. And ”Yes,” God does know how difficult forg…