In case you missed it, here is this week’s 411.
One of the things families do together is serve. Every week a bunch of people come together at Southbridge and put out signs, set up sound, lighting, tables, take care of kids, check in families, play instruments, run sound, serve coffee, greet, inform, counsel, teach, pray etc. Why?
At Southbridge we encourage people who are part of this family to worship one service and serve the other. If you are interested in serving, email us at: email@example.com.
How much do you have to HATE somebody to not tell them about Jesus? (From an atheist)
What does it mean to be free? Have you ever watched someone who seemed to not care what anyone else thought or expected? If I am honest when I see people like that, my first thought is usually, don’t they know what everyone else expects? My second, thought is often times, I wish I could do that. Take for instance kids. Kids can say and do almost anything. Like when you are out in public with your kids and one of them points at a rather large round belly and says, “Daddy is that a baby in that belly?” You bend down and say, “No, honey that is not a baby in HIS belly.” Kids can say almost anything. One time Shanna and I were out with our family and while Shanna was in line at Starbucks with one them they were standing next to a woman’s table (Our daughters head is about the height of a table). The woman at this table was wearing some bright, bright red lipstick. My daughter noticed this beautiful makeup, pointed and said KETCHUP! My wife very quickly noticed the woman had a packet of mustard on her table and said, “No, honey that is mustard.” Kids can say almost anything. Why? It’s not that they are trying to be mean, they just don’t know they are not supposed to say these things therefore, they have an incredible freedom in what hey say. They also have freedom in what they do.
So is true freedom to be able to say or do whatever we want whenever we want? No. That is what many of us consider freedom, but true biblical freedom is really to be able to say or do whatever God wants, whenever He wants. Like the woman in Luke 7:36-50 who threw off the religious expectations of the day in an all consuming desire to love Jesus. It is interesting that the religious rules of her day actually hindered her from being connected to Jesus for life change. She threw off those rules, those expectations, because she was free. Free from her wounds, free from shame, free from guilt, free from her past. Are you free? Are you free to do whatever God wants, whenever God wants?