Friday, July 3, 2015

LET FREEDOM RING

Year after year millions across America celebrate the Fourth of July, a day of Independence for our nation. However, freedom for a nation doesn’t come cheap. Many brave men and women throughout history have given their lives so we can experience the freedom we have today. Sad to say the price for American’s freedom is never paid in full. Payment is still being made as our service men and women continue to fight so we can be free. Having traveled to other countries I am so thankful for the freedom we have in the United States of America. 

Two things that come to mind when I think of the word Freedom. The first thing is the Statue of Liberty.

The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France and has become an icon of freedom for our nation. She stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor with her torch raised to the sky, a tablet evoking the law in her hand, (with the inscription of the date declaring our nations Independence, July 4, 1776) and a broken chain lying at her feet. A constant reminder of freedom, for all who see her.

The second thing that comes to mind when I think of the word Freedom is the Cross Jesus died on.

Many brave men and women have given their lives because they love our country. Jesus gave his life because he loves the world. The freedom He offers is freedom for our soul and it didn’t come cheap either.

When reading about the Statue of Liberty a few things stood out to me.

1) She was offered as a gift ~ Paid for by someone else.
Jesus has offered us the best gift ever...the gift of eternal live.

Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2) She holds a torch ~ Lighting the way.

David said in Psalm 119:105   Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

God has given us His Word to show us the way to eternal freedom as we walk this journey of life.

3) She holds a tablet ~ Evoking the law.
We read about another tablet in the book of Exodus. Two tablets of stone inscribed by the very finger of God. These two tablets held the ten commandments ... God’s laws for mankind. It doesn’t take long .... We don’t have to look hard to see what has happened to our world because these ten, simple commands have been broken, do we?

4) Broken chains lie at her feet ~ Freeing the bound.
When a person is held in bondage they are often chained around their ankles. Why? So they can't run.

For those who have received the gift of God, we celebrate the day we receive Jesus as our second Independence Day.
        
Galatians 5:1   “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

There is a song we sing at church:
“All the chains are broken and I have been set free.” The choirs says: “I am free to run. I am free to dance. I am free to live for You. I am free!”

Unlike American’s Freedom which is never paid in full, Christ’s death on the cross pain the full price for our sin. Nothing more is need! Oh, that is such great news!

1 Peter 3:18 tells us “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit...”

As I thought about this Independence day, there is a song I just can’t seem go to get out of my mind. I would love to share that song with you. It is called “The Statue of Liberty”. If you would like to hear the song just go to:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kCcpmGcm3g

I pray you have experienced your second, and most important Independence Day. If you haven’t and would like to it’s so easy. Just start by talking to God. Tell him the things you have done that have broken His laws and ask Him to forgive you. Then turn from those things. Start reading the manual He gave for freedom. You will soon find yourself singing.... “I am free to run. I am free to dance. I am free to live for You. I am FREE!”






1 Peter 2:16   Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

God Is For Us!

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31) - "God is FOR us" - what a message! I don't know about you, but I tend to focus on the fact that I could do better; I could BE better. Thus, I subconsciously believe that God is more disappointed than pleased with me. But despite my room for improvement - my faults, shortcomings, failures - God is FOR me. He's rooting for me. He's pleased to see me through eyes of grace.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Ice House

A long time ago, the boss at an ice plant lost his pocket watch in the warehouse where the ice was stored. In those days, ice was stored in sawdust to make it last. The boss told his workers, “I’ll give a dime to whoever finds and returns my watch.”

Now in those days, it took a couple of hours to earn a dime, so the hunt was on! By lunch time, the watch was still lost. By 1:00PM, a young boy emerged from the warehouse with the prize! When asked how he found it, the little guy said, “I ate my lunch in the warehouse – but I was very quiet. After a while, I could hear the watch ticking. Once I could hear it ticking, I quietly moved to where it was ticking the loudest – I simply reached down and picked it up.” 
   
In our culture, louder is often better. Think about it, Concerts, Movies, Music, Parades; they all could be turned down a notch or two.

Believe it or not, God, the Creator of the universe longs to speak to us. But with all the 'loudness' that goes on all around it can be difficult to hear His voice.

In the Bible, 1 Kings 19, we read how Elijah heard the voice of God.

1 Kings 19:11-13   ...a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

But sometimes, it’s the still small voice that Elijah heard that is most profound.  We read in the book of Psalms, "Be still and know that I Am God." (Psalms 46:10) The command “Be still” can be interpreted as “dead air,” and makes people feel awkward or uncomfortable if extended for more than a few moments. 

We’ve become accustomed to earbuds, headphones, and high end speakers and subwoofers to provide a constant stream of auditory stimulation. The young boy in the ice plant found something valuable because he was able to quiet himself. I think that we might find something valuable too if they would find room for quiet. 

~ ~ ~

Father God, I am so thankful that You still speak to us today. Help us Lord to be sensitive to Your still small voice. I think of the words of Samuel, "Speak Lord for your servant in listening." May we take time to quiet ourselves each day to hear what you would have to say. In Jesus Name, Amen.



Feel free to e-mail me if you would like special prayer.

Cindy McKinley at:

426 Laurelwood Road ~ Pottstown, PA 19465


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Voice of God

A long time ago, the boss at an ice plant lost his pocket watch in the warehouse where the ice was stored. In those days, ice was stored in sawdust to make it last. The boss told his workers, “I’ll give a dime to whoever finds and returns my watch.”

Now in those days, it took a couple of hours to earn a dime, so the hunt was on! By lunch time, the watch was still lost. By 1:00PM, a young boy emerged from the warehouse with the prize! When asked how he found it, the little guy said, “I ate my lunch in the warehouse – but I was very quiet. After a while, I could hear the watch ticking. Once I could hear it ticking, I quietly moved to where it was ticking the loudest – I simply reached down and picked it up.” 
   
In our culture, louder is often better. Think about it, Concerts, Movies, Music, Parades; they all could be turned down a notch or two.

Believe it or not, God, the Creator of the universe longs to speak to us. But with all the 'loudness' that goes on all around it can be difficult to hear His voice.

In the Bible, 1 Kings 19, we read how Elijah heard the voice of God.

1 Kings 19:11-13   ...a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

But sometimes, it’s the still small voice that Elijah heard that is most profound.  We read in the book of Psalms, "Be still and know that I Am God." (Psalms 46:10) The command “Be still” can be interpreted as “dead air,” and makes people feel awkward or uncomfortable if extended for more than a few moments. 

We’ve become accustomed to earbuds, headphones, and high end speakers and subwoofers to provide a constant stream of auditory stimulation. The young boy in the ice plant found something valuable because he was able to quiet himself. I think that we might find something valuable too if they would find room for quiet. 



Father God, I am so thankful that You still speak to us today. Help us Lord to be sensitive to Your still small voice. I think of the words of Samuel, "Speak Lord for your servant in listening." May we take time to quiet ourselves each day to hear what you would have to say. In Jesus Name, Amen.



Feel free to e-mail me if you would like special prayer.

Cindy McKinley at:

426 Laurelwood Road ~ Pottstown, PA 19465


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Pocket Watch

A long time ago, the boss at an ice plant lost his pocket watch in the warehouse where the ice was stored. In those days, ice was stored in sawdust to make it last. The boss told his workers, “I’ll give a dime to whoever finds and returns my watch.”

Now in those days, it took a couple of hours to earn a dime, so the hunt was on! By lunch time, the watch was still lost. By 1:00PM, a young boy emerged from the warehouse with the prize! When asked how he found it, the little guy said, “I ate my lunch in the warehouse – but I was very quiet. After a while, I could hear the watch ticking. Once I could hear it ticking, I quietly moved to where it was ticking the loudest – I simply reached down and picked it up.” 
   
In our culture, louder is often better. Think about it, Concerts, Movies, Music, Parades; they all could be turned down a notch or two.

Believe it or not, God, the Creator of the universe longs to speak to us. But with all the 'loudness' that goes on all around it can be difficult to hear His voice.

In the Bible, 1 Kings 19, we read how Elijah heard the voice of God.

1 Kings 19:11-13   ...a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

But sometimes, it’s the still small voice that Elijah heard that is most profound.  We read in the book of Psalms, "Be still and know that I Am God." (Psalms 46:10) The command “Be still” can be interpreted as “dead air,” and makes people feel awkward or uncomfortable if extended for more than a few moments. 

We’ve become accustomed to earbuds, headphones, and high end speakers and subwoofers to provide a constant stream of auditory stimulation. The young boy in the ice plant found something valuable because he was able to quiet himself. I think that we might find something valuable too if they would find room for quiet. 

~ ~ ~

Father God, I am so thankful that You still speak to us today. Help us Lord to be sensitive to Your still small voice. I think of the words of Samuel, "Speak Lord for your servant in listening." May we take time to quiet ourselves each day to hear what you would have to say. In Jesus Name, Amen.



Feel free to e-mail me if you would like special prayer.

Cindy McKinley at:

426 Laurelwood Road ~ Pottstown, PA 19465


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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Only God is called "I AM"

Have you ever read the Bible and have something jump out at you? Something that hits your inner most being leaving you with this over whelming feeling that nothing is hidden from God.

Well that is exactly what Isaiah 47:8 did for me today. It says:

“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me...”

WOW!  How many times have I used the name of God to declare something I plan to do?

You see, in the old testament when Moses asked God, "Whom shall I say is sending me?" God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14) So God's name is I AM!

My mind was flooded with how many times I use the words, "I am". Using God's name to declare something 'I am' going to do. You know, things like: "I am going here or there. I am going to do this or that. I am a good leader. I am a good teacher. etc. Such talk is nothing more than lifting up myself and boasting on my capability of accomplishing something.

When God made it very clear that Without Him I can do nothing! (John 15:5)

Could this be the reason that James wrote in his book, (in the Bible)  "Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)

Let me encourage you to give God He proper place of honor in your life. For truly without Him we can do nothing!

PRAYER:  Father God, thank you for giving me this revelation. Please forgive me for all the times I have used Your name to boast about myself or declare something I will do. May I be more aware, than ever before, that it is You who enables me to do all I do. In Jesus name, Amen



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Are You Thankful For?

It's all because of HIM.
My heart is thankful for so many things:
The families that I love,
The friendships that I treasure,
The beauty that fills the world around me...


It's all because of HIM.
My heart can be thankful
For every good gift,
For every sweet joy,
For every precious blessing --
and for all the wonderful people
He has brought into my my life.

~ ~ ~
The 'HIM' is none other than Jesus Christ!
Life has not always been easy. However, He as been with me every step of the way, and for that I am forever grateful.

Being thankful is all about choice and...

"I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds." -- Psalm 9:1

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Cindy McKinley at:

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