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Free to Love

8/3/2015Posted by Helene


During bible class at camp my husband said this, "To be required to do something is drudgery. To be given the ability to do something is freedom.  And freedom brings great joy."  I was thought it was wise and wrote it down.  I asked him later if it would be ok if I blogged about it. "Wise? Me?" he replied and then graciously gave his permission. 

His comment was made in the context of Galatians 5:13-15. 

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

Have you given much thought to what "freedom" means?

Battling Hate

7/28/2015Posted by Helene


Hate.  It's like the rash from the black plague.  Contagious, obvious to everyone who passes by, hard to treat, and sign of a fatal illness. 
And our country is brimming with it. 
I can't make it half a scroll down my Facebook feed and I see another angry post.  I wish I could say that it was just the lost hating each other.  That at least would be normal.  But instead what I see is the Christians I know becoming angrier and angrier at the world around them. 
And it's not even election year. 
On this Make a Difference Monday I would like to suggest some practical things that Christians should remember about hate. 
1.  Not all battles are important.  Under no circumstances should a Christian be lured into an angry and hateful exchange over issues that are in no way spiritual.

The Magic Teenager Pill

7/20/2015Posted by Helene


As the mom of a teenager I've earned some unexpected privileges.  Starting with the privilege of changing the radio station.  A lot.
See at our house we have something called, "The Moral Objection".  When the radio is on in the car, any family member who objects to the song on the radio due to its moral content (not its tune, style, etc) is allowed to call moral objection and the station will be immediately changed. 
My teenager is the reason for this family policy.  When we got back to the States and her listening repertoire grew larger than the music that her family members or adult Christians friends listened to (IE old rock, Sinatra, old country, classical), she quickly became uncomfortable.  One day in the car she quietly said, "Mom can I change the station?

Reaching Down

7/17/2015Posted by Helene


Let's say that I wanted to see the president.  No, I NEED to see him.  Not just from a distance, I need to sit down and have a private conversation. What can I do? Dial up the White House and say, "Sir?  Could I come over to the Oval Office next week and have a heart to heart with you?"
No.  If I tried for a month, I probably couldn't get past the phone operator at the White House.
Let's reverse things.  Let's suppose the President is passing through Wyoming and decides to do some slumming.  So he delegates a handler to call an ordinary citizen, me, to see if they can wrangle room and board for a day or two. 
I get to decide whether or not to break bread with him.
Now before we devolve into all the reasons you might or might not like to sit down and chat with the president, let me get straight to the point.