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People are wondrous creations. We are builders, creators, and investigators. We are communicators, instructors, and nurturers. We are healers, helpers, and leaders. Each of these (and many more) is a facet of our Designer, GOD. We are made in His image, not He in ours. (Gen 1: 26-28 NASV)

Most Americans equate God with church. Right here, I will separate the two. God is NOT the church and the church is not GOD. According to the Bible, The Church – made up of all who “call on the name of Jesus” for salvation – is the Body of Christ. (1 Cor 12: 12-13, 27) Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. He is our Source and our Goal, not the church.

Problem is, people are fallible. We are imperfect. We are finite, limited in both what we can comprehend and what we can accomplish. Therefore,the church is imperfect, inadequate, and falls short in its mission of Love. It is simply impossible for a finite human to encompass the vastness and the intimacy of God. We each receive a “measure of faith.” (Romans 12: 3) Many of us have experienced betrayal, intolerance, or arrogance from people who align themselves with Christ via the church. Whether priests with perverted sexual appetites or dogmatic church leaders or sheepish followers with little understanding of the Bible, our limitations and imperfections must be seen as a separate entity, attached to God, but NOT God!

GOD = Love, the 3 Omni’s, and Liberty

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  • Most of us, as Americans, have heard that God is love. (1 John 4: 7-14) Some have heard and seen various illustrations of this concept. If we can pull ourselves back from the adventure, history, stories, and Laws of the Bible to see an overview from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22, we can trace the single most alluring, captivating, compassionate, and determined love story ever written. It is God’s love story for you and me. It meets us at our conception within our mother’s womb and calls us “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139) God’s love calls him to leave the safe 99 in search of the lost one to return to safety. (John 10:11-15)

    God’s love is deeper, stronger, wider, and steadfast … unchanging … eternal … and unconditional. It is foreign to our human experience. It is intimidating! It is empowering! It is FREE, but will cost each of us everything! It will also enable us to stand no matter what happens in our lives, our nation, or our world. GOD IS LOVE!

  • There are three words that are attributed only to GOD:
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    1. Omnipotence: 1275–1325; Middle English < Latin omnipotent- (stem of omnipotēns ), equivalent to omni- omni- + potent- (see potent1 ) all powerful; having great or unlimited power; almighty or infinite in power, as God.
      • He made the sun stand still in the sky at the request of Joshua. (Joshua 10: 12-14)
      • Matthew 19: 23-26 tells us that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” but “with God all things are possible.”
      • Jesus declared himself to be the “Resurrection and life” and then followed with illustrations. In John 11, we find the story of Lazarus, who grew ill and died. He and his sisters were followers of Jesus, so at the sisters sent for Jesus. Lazarus had been in the tomb 3 full days when Jesus arrived and called him forth from death back to life. (John 11: 17-44)
      • Jesus was also beaten & crucified (for no crime but disputing the doctrine & authority of the religious and political leaders of the time) – documented history. His body, however, is no longer in the tomb. His remains have never been found. Hundreds of people saw him AFTER his death walking around with some of his followers. (Luke 23:44-24:12)

    2. Omnipresence

    3. Omnipresence: God is everywhere! Psalm 139: 7-12
        7Where can I go from Your Spirit?
        Or where can I flee from Your presence?
        8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
        If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
        9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
        If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
        10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
        And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
        11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
        And the light around me will be night,”
        12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
        And the night is as bright as the day.
        Darkness and light are alike to You.

    4. God's Omniscience

    5. Omniscience: God knows all!
      • Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
      • Proverbs 5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.
      • Matthew 20:17-19 “[17] Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, [18] “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death [19] and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”


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  • FREEDOM is God’s idea! From the notion of Free Will, which arguably is what separates us from the other animals, we can catch a glimpse of Gods heart of freedom. It’s about CHOICE! The argument that God could have created us puppet-like, therefore eliminating the possibility of evil, has been debated throughout history. But God gave us FREE WILL so we could CHOOSE to follow him. Further, God provided guidelines to lead us into the fullest, most satisfying life possible. We choose daily to try our own ways, and when we fall, we either blame God for abandoning us, or we admit our willfulness or ignorance and try his way. God knows there are behaviors and thought patterns that can bind us, that can gain control our lives, but He steers us around those if we allow Him, because He wants us to be free.

    “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”
    Galatians 5:1

    I am worthyWe must choose to remain free, to walk in the freedom Christ purchased for us. This is the freedom that drove those early pilgrims to the New World of America. This is the freedom that drives us as humans to pursue our dream. This is the freedom that inspires invention, creativity, and innovation! This is the freedom that has been allowed to flourish in America, that inspires Americans to pursue not only their dream, but that thing within each of us that connects us to God.

    We are builders, creators, and investigators. We are communicators, instructors, and nurturers. We are healers, helpers, and leaders. Each of these (and many more) is a facet of our Designer, GOD. We are made in His image, not He in ours. He is free because He is God. We are free because we are made in His image, to reflect His character, His creativity, His mercy, His justice, His ingenuity, and His compassion.

  • None can love freedom heartily but good men;
    the rest love not freedom, but licence.

    -John Milton 1608 – 1674

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