Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What is freedom?

Do you know anyone who’s stuck? Their life seems to be just one setback after another. They can’t seem to catch a break. It seems like their life is a fifty-mile stretch of quicksand, and they’re barely staying above the surface.

I’ve seen this many times, and it’s tragic and sad, but, it’s even more depressing when a person’s stuck like this, but it’s their faith that keeps them stuck. They’ve exchanged common sense for religious superstition.

I will admit that God’s will is sometimes hard to discern. But sometimes it’s not. You don’t need a sign from God to figure out if you should get a job. You don’t need to pray and fast in order to determine whether you should pay your bills. You don’t need to consult with a spiritual advisor to make sure you should love your next door neighbor, or your in-laws, or your boss.

Sure, when you set out to do what’s right, there’s often a gray area between what’s obviously right and what’s obviously wrong. But that’s no excuse to sit on your hands when things need to be done. You don’t have to wait until all the lights are green to leave your driveway. You don’t need to have a burning bush moment in order to get out of your La-Z-Boy. Going off half-cocked is often better than not going at all.  And God honors risk taking within the context of The Way of Jesus.

Remember the wise words of President Teddy Roosevelt, who said, "The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything," and Jesus' brother, James, who gave us a reminder of God’s forgiveness when he suggested that, in a cage match, mercy beats judgment every time.

Join us this coming Sunday for a challenging message about Gideon, and about how trust is impacted by doubt and risk and waiting and acting. It’s gonna be great fun. 3:30 p.m., 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights, IL.

Come and join us!
Pastor Ed


Message title: “Is that You?” (Gideon)
Main Scripture passages: Judges 6:25-40, Matthew 16:1-4

Questions/thoughts for group discussion or personal reflection:
  • Do you think you’ve ever felt the clear call of God? Explain.
  • What are your experiences with “The Paralysis of Analysis?”
  • When does waiting become hiding? When does caution become cowardice?

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