Above All Names – Son of God

And behold, a voice from heaven said,

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:17

It’s one thing for shepherds to shout good news of a Savior come in a manger or a riff-raff crowd of disciples to say that they have found the Messiah. It’s another thing for a man named Jesus to identify Himself as the Son of God. God knows that sometimes people need it spelled out plainly, sometimes they need a bullhorn proclamation, a moment to take notice. In His Grace, God the Father delivers the message of just Who Jesus is, Himself, for us to read in His Word. Jesus as Son of God means One capable of saving. Son of God means great Sacrifice made by a Father to save a family. Son of God means Redemption has come, wrapped in love, for each of us.

Chasing Freedom: Fall Bible Study and the quest for free

Freedom

When you were a toddler you got your first taste of it…you may have started with the army crawl, perhaps you put one knee in front of the other in your pursuit of electric cords and other dangers glimmering from your side view.

Maybe you pulled up on a chair and cautiously slid a chubby little foot to the right to peek at where mom had gone. One day, your parents put your bare feet down in spiky grass at the park, the big blue sky shined bright overhead and you got your first real taste of possibility.

You ran.

There were bugs to chase, flowers to eat, and the sound of children laughing somewhere just within reach.

You began chasing freedom and have been doing so ever since.

When we become adolescents freedom becomes so important to us that we push for it at every turn. We buck rules, maybe not dramatically, but putting our pencil in just the right location to let it roll off the desk to annoy the teacher, pushing out angst when our parents make us show up for the family reunion or church picnic, not because we don’t enjoy it, but because we don’t want anyone to think we are following their expectations. We start to either reign ourselves in and make our own rules where we can or we bust out of expectations all together and find anything and everything to rebel on.

Ah, the days of adolescence…fun, exhausting, and important.

To some extent this fight for freedom will always be with us, because it’s a spiritual battle, not an emotional or intellectual one.

God made us for freedom, but we chase it and search for it all around us, always seeking a little bit more, where freedom already exists. We want control over our life, freedom from the expectations swirling around us, freedom from the pain inflicted by others, shallow or deep.

We want freedom, like we want air, and you would think this is only a problem for unbelievers, but it isn’t. No matter how mature we are as Christians we are always discovering what Freedom in Christ means and what that looks like in our lives.

I invite you to lean into this question with me this Fall. Dig deep with us into the six chapters that make up the book of Galatians, a New Testament letter written long ago by the Apostle Paul.

What does Paul know about my search for freedom in the 21st century? It turns out…maybe everything.

Let’s stop chasing freedom together and start sitting in the freedom we have, discovering more of all Jesus gives us, today and each day from here forward, throwing off the expectations of others and resting in the expectations of God and God alone.

Introducing…

 Chasing Freedom: A Study of Galatians  

our upcoming Online Bible Study – six weeks, September 18- October 27th. Mark your calendars, invite a friend, subscribe to I Love My Shepherd so you don’t miss it.

Oh goodness I look forward to studying with you. Look for updates in the weeks to come, a little more on where we try to find freedom and what we are seeking freedom from, and an official “sign up” day August 17th.

Freedom – this Fall.

Together.

 

Why we sell stuff: Products with a message

 

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Here’s the deal. We buy stuff all the time.

It’s a semi-well known fact that I am an Aldi aficionado, a TJ Maxx fananista, a regular at the local Goodwill, and I definitely get my Prime memberships worth in packages on my front doorstep, and this is with a modest income. My son tripped over an incoming package by the back door last week and my daughter kindly, yet snarkily, pointed out, “How can you trip over those? We get them, like, every day?”

It’s true. We all buy stuff daily. We buy stuff to eat. We buy stuff to live. We buy stuff to enjoy. We buy stuff because God has given us good gifts in this life and we were meant to steward them and certainly to enjoy them, especially with one another. We buy stuff to have guest in our home and to make it warm and inviting. We buy stuff for mission projects. We buy stuff for team sports and hobbies to share with others. We give gifts and love through gifts.

A while back, I had a post about a t-shirt my husband had with a very bold Christian statement across the front. This t-shirt not only attracted attention, it attracted conversation. This was my kind of shirt. It brought up the Gospel without me trying to hem and haw to get there. It removed awkward and let the Spirit do His thing.

I want more of this in my life and I want to help people find more of this in their life.

In talking with my friend, Melissa, I discovered I wasn’t alone. There had to be a way to deliver the message, gentle and bold at the same time, fresh and clear, reaching into the hungry souls around us.

Because the world is hungry.

They need to know. And honestly, on any given day I need to know. I need reminders, every where. Not just when I open my Bible, but when I sit at my table, and walk along the way, and walk down the road, and open my front door, while I sit on my couch, and lay my children down to sleep. I need to be surrounded by Jesus.

And so the Surround Me line was born.

All with the intent of getting the Word out there. We spend money on stuff we need and stuff we sort of need, and stuff we don’t even need.

What if we spent money on stuff with a message?

I invite you to check it out. Here are some samples…

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I invite you to share it with friends. Let’s get the message out there, intentionally.

You can see the Surround Me line on the Products with a Message page. Here’s an easy link to it:

Products with a message

When you purchase our products you also help us do ministry- to take the time to create blogs and Bible studies, to speak up on things that matter, to visit and encourage others, to provide opportunities for counseling, and teach who Christ is and why He matters most.

Let’s share the message. Let’s start the conversation. Let’s surround our hearts, our minds, our families, our homes, and our lives with reminders of all He is for us and in us.

Products with a message…stuff with a purpose.
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