Restoring Grace

There’s nothing like ending a study on some grace.

Let’s do just that. Grace is an abstract concept.

More grace sounds just like what we need in this New Life of Freedom. Grace pouring in from a Savior who pours out.

How do we bring grace into our homes?

How do we bring grace into our families?

How do we end conversations with grace?

How do we end each day with grace?

Paul teaches the Galatians and he teaches us well. Galatians 6:18 reads:

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Freedom means all the grace, welling up, running over. Freedom in not holding out expectations, not holding in hurt and bitterness, letting God work where darkness once held us captive.

Let’s talk grace in today’s podcast, lots and lots of grace.

Find the final video lesson for Chasing Freedom here –

Freedom from “the Show”

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Refusing someone else’s identity: It’s a joint effort

(Because technology is such a bane and blessing…let’s try this post again today. I don’t want you to miss the good stuff!)

We are children of freedom.

You sort of know it.

I sort of know it.

But together we can really know it.

What place does our relationship with one another have in helping us understand our identity as well as our freedom?

In today’s audio bonus we’ll talk about how we help one another cast out what enslaves us, yokes us, ties us, and keeps us from freedom in a way that God does not desire for us.

If you haven’t sent a Dear 52 note, today is a great day to do it. Share freedom with someone. Let them know the Truth of freedom in Christ. He is living and active in their life today – tell them, point it out, write it in ink!

My favorite quote from today’s audio is from The Wiersbe Bible Commentary of the New Testament in the segment on Galatians, pg. 568,

“God began with Grace.”

Let us begin with grace today and every day…together. Looking to Jesus, pointing to Jesus, freedom in Jesus.

And the this week’s video archive can be found here:

Knowing to Be Known

Freedom is found in unlikely places


Two years ago, December, Star Wars: Episode VII came out.

Our house was in a state of great anticipation. Celebrating the birth of Jesus and a new Star Wars movie all in the same month was a tiny bit like winning the lottery for us.

We had an eleven-year-old chomping at the bit to go to the movie, not because everyone else was, but because #StarWarsisLife. Unfortunately, it was rated PG13. What to do, what to do? Some PG13 movies are mild, light action, a few minor curse words. Others are terrible and would give me nightmares for a month.

Solution: I’ll go to the 11am showing of the movie on release day, and then he can go that night if it’s parent approved. The only problem was that my husband had a nursing home service, all my friends had to work, so I had to bite the big one and

go by myself!

Gasp.

I went for my son, because it’s a nice mom-thing to do, but as I settled into my movie seat, with my own giant bucket of popcorn, looking around me at the other slightly nerdy Toledoans, proudly sporting their Star Wars apparel, all I could keep thinking was…

“I’m at a movie, by myself. Look at me, at a movie, by myself. I’m attending a movie, all by myself!”

I felt grown-up.

I felt remarkably hip.

I felt free.

How much in life do we miss out on because of fear? How many yokes weigh us down because we think we should do things a certain way? What defaults do we have that we think just are, without giving them a second thought?

God has bigger plans for us. He has wide open plans for us. Over the next six weeks, we’re going to discover more of those plans- plans for our freedom.

As we get ready to jump into freedom, here’s what each week will look like, as we work through the book of Galatians:

Week 1 – Chasing Approval, Freedom in His Story

Week 2 – Chasing Unity, Freedom in Life Together

Week 3 – Chasing Foolish, Freedom in Open Eyes and Open Hearts

Week 4 – Chasing Knowledge, Freedom in Intimacy

Week 5 – Chasing Self, Freedom in the Spirit

Week 6 – Chasing “A Little Bit Better,” Freedom in Restoration

Find the full outline, with daily study info and bonuses, on the printable outline here.

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Freedom is found in the oddest places. As silly as it sounds, yes, even in an 11am Star Wars viewing. But true freedom is always, always the work of Christ the Lord at work in our hearts and lives.

It is for freedom Christ has set us free…

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)