The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC makes this powerful statement:
Freedom is not free.
Take a moment, look at these images, and consider the cost.
What did your freedom cost the young man above?
What did your freedom cost the men, the women, the families represented by the more than 285,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?
From the American Revolution to the current situation in the Middle East, have you considered the cost paid for your freedom?
Don’t ever forget!
And don’t forget the cost paid by Jesus Christ as he took your sin to the cross and was buried in the tomb.
“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” ~Jn 8:32
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” ~I Cor 6:19-20
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” ~Is 44:22
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors.” ~I Pet 1:18
Freedom is indeed NOT free! And the freedom we have through Jesus Christ is a freedom that extends to all men and women, from every nation and land!
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” ~Rev 5:9
“So if the Son has set you free, you are FREE INDEED?” ~Jn 8:36
Walk in your freedom this weekend as you celebrate our nation’s Independence Day!
This is the last post this week. Enjoy some time tomorrow with family and friends. With any luck I’ll be pushing off the end of my dock on a paddle board with my dog Kobe! Praising God for my freedom!
Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody
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What is Create-A-Day? Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!
* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts and has had the opportunity toperform, teach, choreograph, preach, coordinate and leadworkshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.