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The United States Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

The country remembers and reflects upon those, who like the Christian Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., use their freedom to peaceably advance greater civil rights & freedom’s for all.

What is the proper way to use the freedom from sin that Jesus Christ grants to those who pursue them with all their heart, mind, body, and soul?

The proper way to use freedom, is to use it to be more free in helping one’s neighbor through life’s challenges.

How has this been practiced in communities?

This proper use of freedom has contributed to healing and advancement of societies, as people used their freedom to provide …

  • hospitals & medical centers to care for the sick,
  • homes care for orphans,
  • schools to educate the next generations,
  • legislation to ensure medicine is safe & effective,
  • groups to support abuse victims,
  • support groups to aid alcoholics successfully embrace sobriety,
  • assistance rebuilding after disasters,
  • food & clothing for those in need,
  • outreach to those in prisons,
  • care for those facing challenges in marriages,
  • support for those living through divorces,
  • law enforcement tools to find evidence to acquit the falsely accused,
  • and a justice system to convict people who commit murderers, thieves, human trafficking, and who are corrupt and accept bribes.

Reflection:

How are you using your freedom from sin in Christ to care for your neighbor and neighborhood?

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Submission to Authority:

For those who also wish to reflect upon civil disobedience and obedience to authorities, you are welcome to watch or listen to the Mars Hill Church Trial Series Episode on Submission to Authority at http://marshill.com/media/trial/submission-to-authority. This episode also specifically mentions the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. too.

Bible Reference:

Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV): 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

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Challenging Misconceptions:
How are you doing on this life’s top mission and purpose to find, follow, and live in and live out an enduring faith in God?

People were made in God’s image to have the opportunity to become increasingly like God, who is known through Jesus the Son of God, who is God, and reveals God.

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God is knowable, yet unknown by many.
God is truth, but often obscured by so-called facts.
God is love, though misunderstood due to worldly misguided love.
God is wise, despite lofty specks of dust unwisely perceiving foolishness.
God is righteous, even as accused of  unrighteousness by people who do evil.

Have you found God despite the war of ideas to designed to obscure truth?
Have you located love of God, though life fosters hatred and misplaced love?
Have you uncovered the ultimate wisdom, despite lesser wisdom’s appeal?
Have you sought Jesus’ righteousness, even as one’s own ways seem right?
Have you pursued knowing the knowable God, and yet must continue chasing?

Have you allowed your own strongholds against God to be liberated by the only Savior able to liberate one’s soul?

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (ESV):

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience,  when your obedience is complete.

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Many wear fragrances everyday such as deodorant, scented clothes, perfumes, and colognes, or exude the a-la-natural fragrance. Let’s likewise make a habit of sprinkling on Christ’s fragrance daily, to be encouraging to those who follow the Lord, through our knowledge and living and spreading of the way.

2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (ESV):

14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

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What is best for us is not what God permits but rather what God desires. God permits our fall, but desires our salvation. God permits our sin, but desires our righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ. God permits our stubbornness, yet desires our repentance. God permits out hate, yet desires our love. God permits our foolishness, yet desires wise and loving decisions. God permits us to act in ways deserving judgment and justice, yet God prefers us to pick the path of mercy and forgiveness available through his resurrected Son.

Mark 10:2-9 (ESV):

2 And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

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Once one accepts and follows the foundational teachings about Jesus Christ the Son of God, what constitutes moving onto maturity?

Hebrews 6:1-3

6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

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Our responsibility is to be open to the truth, follow the truth, continue in the truth, and encourage each other in the truth, in Christ.

Hebrews 3:12-15

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

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Just as the Lord Jesus Christ raised children from the dead when he walked the Earth, the Lord worked through Elijah the Prophet to miraculously bring the widow’s child back to life long ago.

1 Kings 17:20-22

20 And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” 22 And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived.

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