Month: July 2021

July 2nd – 2 Corinthians 3:17

2 Corinthians 3:17

This weekend as we celebrate the Fourth of July and our hard fought freedoms, I can’t help but think of Patrick Henry who so famously said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The Greek word for liberty is “Eleftherios”, meaning personal freedom from servitude, or oppression. And that just what Jesus came to do, to set us free spiritually. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus became the perfect fulfillment of the Law. And once we receive Him as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell every believer. And through the power of the Spirit we are, “released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit” (Rom.7:6) And this liberty empowers us to deny the flesh and our own selfish desires for the purpose of glorifying God!

News Of The Day – July 1st

Nepal Churches Struggling To Serve

Covid – 19 has caused death and devastation around the world. and the country of Nepal has been hit hard. Now Nepal churches are struggling to serve the area. “In the month of May, pastors were dying almost every day,” said B. P. Khanal, a pastor, theologian, and leader of the Janajagaran Party Nepal. “I have never seen something like that.” Reports show that from February 2021 to today more than 500 pastors and their families have contracted the coronavirus, which multiple times has taken the lives of fathers and sons who co-led churches together. Read more about how churches are responding ton the crisis here.


Christian Track Star Sydney McLaughlin Breaks 400 Meter Hurdle Record

American athlete Sydney McLaughlin obliterated the women’s 400m hurdles world record at the US Olympic trials on Sunday. The 21-year-old ran an astonishing 51.90 seconds, smashing the previous record by .26 seconds to become the first woman to run the 400m hurdles in less than 52 seconds. “All the glory to God,” McLaughlin said in an interview. “Honestly, this season, just working with my new coach and my new support system, it’s truly just faith and trusting the process. I couldn’t ask for anything more, and truly it is all a gift from God.” Read more about this amazing athlete here. 

Canadian Churches Burning

in the ongoing saga between Canadian catholic churches and Canadian indigenous people, looms on. Now Canadian authorities are investigating multiple fires that destroyed four Catholic churches on Indigenous land in the past week. They are the latest in a string of recent events affecting the country’s Indigenous communities. The churches were destroyed as Canada confronts its history of systemic abuse of Indigenous communities with the recent discoveries of hundreds of human remains at the sites of two former boarding schools, which were operated by Catholic religious groups. Read more about the suspicious fires here.

Fundraiser held for Young Man who Walks 17 Miles To Work Each Day

When it comes to dedication, you don’t have to look any further than Donte Franklin. To make it to his shift as a Buffalo Wild Wings cook, Donte Franklin was leaving for work three hours early each day and trekking more than eight miles on foot to arrive on time. At the end of the day, the 20-year-old Oklahoman reversed his journey to walk home. Inspired by the young man’s grit and determination, a GoFundMe page was set up in his name so he could buy a car. So far, close to $52,000 has been raised. Read more about this remarkable young man here.

July 1st – Galatians 5:1

Galatians 5:1

Because of our fallen nature, it is hard for us to truly grasp the freedom we have through Christ. The perfectly simplistic message of the gospel, grace through faith in Jesus Christ, seems too good to be true. And so we try to add to it. Through legalism, good works, and man made ritualistic ceremonies, we try to earn our salvation. But God is very clear. There is nothing we can do to purchase the freedom that Jesus died to give us. It is a gift offered by God alone, and received by faith. And so Paul urges us to break from our bondage and walk in that freedom. To give the up the yoke of slavery and take up the yoke of Jesus who says, “Take My yoke upon you and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29)