Bird Cage 600x400Someone once said that we make our choices, and then our choices turn around and make us. At some point we learn that freedom is bigger than our immature desires to get what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. Those desires that promise freedom can quickly turn into masters that enslave us, and determine our future.

If you’re reading this, then it’s probably because some part of you longs for a freedom you don’t have. Some part of you feels trapped and entangled; you feel the need to break free.

Understand that freedom is not the end game; it’s not an ultimate goal. When I walk my dog to the park, he is anxious to be free from his leash so that he can tear around with his friends, shepherd squirrels into their trees, and make sure no unfortunate cats set foot into the park. He wants freedom for a purpose.

One of the things I’ve come to understand along my journey to know God is that we have freedom for a purpose. All these gifts and abilities we possess (intelligence, art, music, etc.) have a purpose. And we need freedom to discover and fulfill that purpose.

Steve Jobs was a Buddhist, and so it isn’t likely that he believed in God, at least not the way the Bible reveals God. And yet, after listening to Yo Yo Ma play Bach on his 18th century Stradivarius cello, Jobs whispered through his tears, “You playing is the best argument I’ve ever heard for the existence of God, because I don’t really believe a human alone can do this.”

If we’ve been given these abilities, then who gave them to us, and what is their purpose? And how can we break free from the things that bind us and discover that purpose? There are echoes of freedom that ring through music, art, beauty, discovery, biology, learning, astronomy, physics…they sing of a freedom that always seems out of reach, just beyond our fingertips…just one more accomplishment away.

You and I chase freedom, grabbing hold of anything that would seem to make us more free (money, relationships, stuff, experiences, power, influence…), but the things we grab grab back. And so most of us (maybe even all of us) are stuck in addictions of varying degrees, habits that we can’t shake, because we grabbed them in the name of freedom, and now they’ve grabbed back. These things we thought would bring us freedom, haven’t set us free at all: they’re making us their slaves.

A couple thousand years ago, Jesus said that when he sets a person free, they will be truly free. And he offered to do this for us at his own expense. We don’t need to earn it, pay it back, or even deserve it…only accept it and be changed by it. This is what we call grace. God’s desire for you and me, is to take the tangled mess that is our lives and cut us loose so that we can be truly free. But more than that, the Bible teaches that God’s desire for you and me is to take us a step further than just giving us freedom. He also offers us the strength, insight and wisdom to use that freedom to do what is best: to love purely, serve graciously, give generously, forgive unconditionally…to be like God.

I know there is a lot of confusion out there about Christianity, Jesus, the Church and the Bible. I’m not going to pretend I have all the answers, or even all the questions. But here is what we offer each other at Freedom Hill: We’re here to help each other discover the grace of God and the life-changing freedom that it brings. We value walking together on this journey, encouraging each other and helping each other break free from the things that imprison us, and live in the freedom Jesus died to give us. We invite you to come and walk with us.

Please explore our site, and come visit us any Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. We also have services in Amharic, Swahili and Portuguese at 2:00, 3:00 and 7:00 respectively each Sunday.

God Bless You,

Anders Eliason
Lead Pastor
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