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The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 10

This study was done during the last semester of my teaching career. A lot of things were on my mind. The letter of resignation had been written and accepted. I was starting to have dialogs with different campus constituencies about an orderly exit regarding pension, health plans, etc. I met my successor but stayed out of the process of his selection. I got an early start on cleaning out the office. I wanted an orderly exit so that on the last day of my tenure as a teacher, I would walk out and not return.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 10

This study was done during the last semester of my teaching career. A lot of things were on my mind. The letter of resignation had been written and accepted. I was starting to have dialogs with different campus constituencies about an orderly exit regarding pension, health plans, etc. I met my successor but stayed out of the process of his selection. I got an early start on cleaning out the office. I wanted an orderly exit so that on the last day of my tenure as a teacher, I would walk out and not return.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 7

When I was growing up I wanted to be a baseball player. I loved baseball. Unfortunately I learned through experience I was not athletically inclined. Other options that came into mind were to be a disc jockey, or a musician or a teacher, or a priest. That’s right: a priest. I really thought through that.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 9

John 8: 31-32 is a conditional statement. Jesus says if we continue in His word, we will be His disciples. We will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. The key words are: “if”, “continue”, “truth”, and “free.”

If we abide in, stay with, live out and proclaim His word through our attitudes and actions, we will know His truth and we will be free.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 8

In searching for, and living in the truth that can set us free, the first thing we need to do is replace the old with the new. Last time I shared about this verse: - Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 6

So, the truth of John 8:32 is Jesus... the Word. As Christians we spend our entire lives right up to the moment we go to be with Him, living out that truth. The truth is designed to glorify God, not ourselves. The truth corrects us when we are wrong and guides us in our daily living. It takes some effort to study and learn it but eventually we carry it with us and in us and others see it through us.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 5

In the book of Matthew, the story of Jesus proceeds in a simple progression. After we learn about His genealogy, we read the familiar Christmas story. Then in Chapter 3 we read of His ministry going public when He was baptized. Then Satan came at him. That is in chapter 4.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 4

John 8:31 is certainly not the only verse where Jesus speaks to what the character of a disciple of His ought to be. He addresses this character in many parts of the Gospels, and the rest of the New Testament "fleshes out" what He taught. Naturally, the character of a Christian is the main "sermon fodder" in our Churches. Much is expected of us. We are saved by the free gift of His grace.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 3

In the second installment, I testified how God's Word --  His Truth -- set me on the road to freedom -- not just freedom from alcohol, but also freedom to become the man God wants me to be.

The Truth Shall Set You Free, part 2

We all want to be free. The desire to be free is part of our make-up, and that means God gave us that desire. In my case, I want to be free to be the man God wants me to be. I have always wanted that. Wanting and achieving are two different things, however.

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