Jul 04, 2020
Diego Norman
244 years ago FREEDOM was the shout of America, this was
about 1776 years after FREEDOM was provided to the human race.
I believe both are worth celebrating, and I hope you and yours
are enjoying your “4th Weekend”

I believe the USA was founded on the TRUE FREEDOM Paul expresses in Galatians 5, and I have added a few of my own comments for you to consider.

I believe both are worth celebrating, and I hope you and yours are enjoying your “4th Weekend”
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Let me be clear, Jesus HAS (past tense) set us free: not partially – but completely and wonderfully free!

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Faith expressing itself through love is REAL FREEDOM
Remember not only what we are FREE FROM, but also what we are FREE TO
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If we’re only looking to satisfy ourselves, we are cutting FREEDOM short, limiting TRUE FREEDOM, and ultimately destroying the essence of FREEDOM. 99% FREE(dom) is not FREEDOM, anything short of ABSOLUTE FREEDOM is NOT FREEDOM, so satisfying ourselves (and justifying it in our “freedom”) actually ceases to be FREEDOM. REAL FREEDOM and its pure purpose fulfills the entire law: Serve one another in love.

Or as Brian Simmons summarizes it:
Freedom means that we become so completely free of self-indulgence that we become servants of one another, expressing love in all we do.The USA’s founding fathers wrote our Declaration, Constitution, and Rights desiring that all have FREEDOM and know the FREEDOM given from the world’s Founding Father. The heart and demand, from the beginning, of FREEDOM for our country and human race are what make me able to say: I’m proud to be an American! This is so worth celebrating.

I really enjoy this Eugene H. Peterson paraphrase:
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life which Christ has set us free to live. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. Love others as you love yourself is an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

I am so grateful that Jesus’ cross and resurrection declare FREEDOM, equality, liberty, community, hope, peace, purpose, forgiveness, victory, and Life; and that our country began by holding these truths to be self-evident. My prayer is that we would all experience TRUE FREEDOM personally & express TRUE FREEDOM relationally.

God has called us to experience His New Covenant personally, and express It relationally here in Nicaragua, to the ends of the earth, and all for the Kingdom. We thank each of you for helping us do that, and wish you a very Happy Independence Weekend!

New Song Mission Nicaragua
Transforming Nicaragua with Christian Community Development by empowering local leaders through the New Covenant of Jesus Christ