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In the Sandbox

Soul Detox

Part 22

Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 AMP)

 

Sandcastle 2 I built a sandcastle in the box.

“That’s nice,” said a girl. “Can I help you make it spiffy?” I nodded. She added a block, then two more and frowned.

“That’s not right,” she wailed and kicked the castle into a heap. She ran behind the bushes, joining her friends in a merry giggle.

I shrugged and rebuilt my castle.

The girl returned, “I’m sorry I knocked your other castle down. This one sure is spiffy. Can I add some pizzazz.”  Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Captive or Free?

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.  And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). (Romans 6:16-18 AMP)

July 4th marks the day of independence for Americans. We celebrate it with pride. And so we should…many good men and women have died for our freedom to pursue life and happiness.

Freedom seems to be the desire of every human soul. But is it possible? Were we created to be free?

Face it, liberties only seem to free us from one form of bondage to enable us to chain ourselves to another form.

According to the Bible, we are slaves to whomever or to whatever masters us. We become servants to other people, our spouses, our parents, our children, our employers, obliged to do their bidding. If not people, food, drugs, alcohol, materialism, video games, the internet, or some other substance becomes our master.

What a pathetic lot we humans are!

Not only do we submit to physical slavery, we yield ourselves to spiritual lords as well. We either succumb to the laws of sin and thereby become slaves to it, or we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and thereby become the servants of righteousness. See Romans 6:18.

God created humans to worship, praise, and serve Him. But we resist His control and subject ourselves to other forms of control…other masters…masters that set us in chains, weighing us down with shackles so cumbersome we sink instead of soar. And our souls continue to cry out for freedom.

Thus, we find our only hope for freedom comes from submission to Christ. He came to set the captives free from physical and spiritual bondage. He did it by submitting Himself totally to the Father’s will. By His example, we understand how to live free from the bondage of sin and dependent on God the Father.

Yeah, it sounds like an oxymoron to say He frees us to make us slaves to righteousness. But since we are prone to slavery, isn’t it better to succumb to God? In doing so, our souls are set free.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Memorial Day

Dad in UniformToday is a day of celebration. Picnics, family gatherings, and parades usually consume our time. But have we forgotten the reason we celebrate? I hope as Christians we remember those who gave their time, sacrificed their lives for our freedom of religion to proclaim Christ without worry of persecution. There are many servicemen and women in our communities who have marched on foreign soil in recent conflicts as well as past wars. Take a moment to shake their hands.

????????????I’m looking forward to the Memorial Day Parade that will take place in about an hour. It has dwindled to a shadow of its former glory, but we still honor the vets who have made their final trek across the barrier of time. This is the first year since my father, WWII vet, passed away that we were home to participate in the parade. When I was a child, all the children in town joined in the parade as it passed by our houses. We carried bouquets of irises, peonies, snowballs, and forsythias to place on the graves. People don’t do that any more. Few even come out to watch the soldiers march…too busy with picnics and such I presume. Sad mark on our society.

Do you have a story to share about a veteran or perhaps your own story of service? I’d love to hear about it.

If you have served or you have endured long lonely days while someone you love served, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Toxic Actions

Soul Detox

Part 5

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11 NIV)

cup in hand 3 WebLast weekend, Applebee’s Restaurant suffered a social network meltdown by firing a server that posted on the internet a comment from an Applebee’s guest. This guest wrote on her receipt something about paying God 10% why did the wait staff deserve 18% gratuities. A restaurant social network manager took it upon him/herself to combat all the negative correspondences in an inappropriate manner, and the rest is history.

I’m not debating those issues. Things like that happen every day.

I’m questioning the Christian ethics of…Read More