Freedom

Colossians 1:13-14

“Who has delivered us from the power of darkness; and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son; in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

As I pondered this verse, I asked myself what is freedom, what does it mean to be free from the power of darkness?

Freedom that only Christ can give is 3-fold: freedom from outside evil forces, freedom from sin and guilt and freedom to live our lives according to the scriptures. I’m sure you can think of other things from which you have been freed, as well.

Forgiveness of sins is the biggie for me. Being forgiven brings its own special kind of freedom – there is no more guilt, and you know if you mess up again, God will forgive you. He is that kind of God – faithful and true and always forgiving.

But, does that mean we can just go on sinning knowing we will be forgiven. As Paul said, “God forbid!” Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 4:1: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worth of the vocation to which you are called…”

Why should we walk worthy? Because

Ephesians  1:3       we are blessed with every spiritual blessing

1:4       we have been chosen

1:5       we were predestined to be adopted

1:7       we have been redeemed, forgiven

1:13     we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit

1:18     we are called to the hope

2:8       we are saved by grace

2:10     we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus

2:13     we have been brought near

2:18     we have access to the Father

3:11     we have an eternal purpose

3:16     we have power through the Holy Spirit

3:20     we have power working in us

What freedom and blessings God has bestowed on those who have received His Son as their Savior.

Religious Liberty Challenged

PRAY FOR MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP’S
SUPREME COURT HEARING TODAY

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Religious liberty in our nation is at stake. Pray for the people who will be a part of the Supreme Court hearing of this potentially landmark case. Pray for God’s will to be done, the Constitution to be upheld and for religious liberty to be preserved in our nation.

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Lisa Miller Case

“Dear friends,

“We’ve recently received this very disappointing news about Ken’s release. We’ve been looking forward for a long time to having Ken  home by Christmas. He was planning to spend about 3 months here in home confinement.

“Due to budget cuts to the halfway house processing my home confinement, I lost the home confinement time. At this point my release date is March 6 instead of December 15. We’re terribly disappointed of course, but giving it all into God’s hands, and plan to be happy anyway.

“We’re requesting approval for home-confinement through another little-used program. Please pray that the local and regional case managers and the U.S probation office will approve this plan. Please pray that he could still be home by Christmas.”

http://millercase.org/home/updates/131-ken-s-release-date.html

Update on Philip Zodhiates

UPDATE FROM PHILIP ZODHIATES:

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!

Lisa & Isabella, 2009

I was convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy on September 29, 2017 for my alleged assistance in Lisa and Isabella Miller’s fleeing the country. I am thankful for the prayers, the financial assistance toward my legal bills and hundreds of reference letters sent to the judge prior to sentencing in March 2017.

I was sentenced to two concurrent three-year sentences in a federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia, but remain free pending my appeal. My appeal will likely be heard sometime next year. There are two main basis for my appeal.

  1. The first – the judge instructed the jury to disregard Virginia law (Marriage Amendment) that protects it from recognizing laws in other states that allow same-sex marriage.  The events for which I was on trial for happened in 2009, before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.
  2. The other basis for my appeal has to do with the government not getting a warrant prior to acquiring cell phone location data from my cell phone company.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the “Carpenter” case on November 29.  A favorable verdict in this case could very likely reverse my conviction. My appeal will probably be heard before the Supreme Court’s decision on “Carpenter.”

Please continue to pray, and if possible, donate to my 419 Fund opportunity to assist me and my family.

Thank you again for being such a friend!

In His service,

Philip Zodhiates

Giving Tuesday

We began with Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. As we began with thanking the Lord for all His blessings, we can now bless others (and ourselves) by participating in Giving Tuesday.

Jesus says in Acts 20:35:It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Today we ask that you bless others in need and give to one of our many funding opportunities supporting Christian brothers and sisters seeking financial support around the world.

Legal

Philip Zodhiates  —  https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodiates/

Isabella Miller  —  https://419fund.com/projects/isabella-miller/

Medical

Life-Altering Auto Accident  —  https://419fund.com/projects/help-with-medical-bills-after-a-life-altering-auto-accident/

Missions

Scriptures for Iran  —  https://419fund.com/projects/scriptures-for-iran-persian-speakers/

Stories of Glory (work in SE Asia)  —  https://419fund.com/projects/stories-of-glory/

Disaster Relief

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX  —  https://419fund.com/projects/first-baptist-church-of-sutherland-springs/

Houston & FL hurricane relief (God’s Pit Crew & Gleaning for the World)  —  https://419fund.com/projects/houston-relief/