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English: Picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue...

English: Picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial. Italiano: La statua di Lincoln al Lincoln Memorial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The world desperately needs freedom, the freedom they can only get from Jesus, the Christ, the Savior, the Son of God, the Word of God.

John 8:31-38 (ESV):

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.
38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King at a press conference.

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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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Truth has Power.

Learn the Truth.

Practice the Truth.

Teach the Truth.

Preach the Truth.

Spread the Truth.

Truth Breeds Freedom.

Teach the World to be Free.

John 8:31-38 (ESV): So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

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