The Message: Stick With The Message
Shared By: Rev. Rick Swearengin
Song Of Praise: Living Faith (Brad Croushom)
Shared By: LUMC Choir
Galatians 4:8-12 and 5:1 (The Message)
8-11 Earlier, before you knew God personally, you were enslaved to so-called gods that had nothing of the divine about them. But now that you know the real God—or rather since God knows you—how can you possibly subject yourselves again to those tin gods? For that is exactly what you do when you are intimidated into scrupulously observing all the traditions, taboos, and superstitions associated with special days and seasons and years. I am afraid that all my hard work among you has gone up in a puff of smoke!
12-13 My dear friends, what I would really like you to do is try to put yourselves in my shoes to the same extent that I, when I was with you, put myself in yours. You were very sensitive and kind then. You did not come down on me personally. You were well aware that the reason I ended up preaching to you was that I was physically broken, and so, prevented from continuing my journey, I was forced to stop with you. That is how I came to preach to you.
5 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.