It’s Freedom Friday! First one of the liberating truths of the gospel is: When we are weak, then we are strong. We’re like jars of clay—made from mud and dust, weak, fallible, breakable. Nothing impressive when you consider that we’re headed back to the dust. But there’s a treasure that can fill these jars of clay with power and free us from living life as if it’s all on us! Next, the great Michelangelo in creating his great work David said that he looked for everything in the slab of stone that didn’t look like David and “I carved until I set him free.” This is what God the ultimate Creator is doing with you and me. We see the unfinished slab, He sees the final work of art. His chiseling is painful but the pain reminds us that he will finish the work he’s started in us. And finally a conversation about what it means to be “In Christ.” It’s like grabbing a rope hanging from a tree over a pond, pulling the rope as far back from the pond as you can; running as fast as you can holding onto the rope, then letting the rope take you as high as it will. Then you let go. When you plunge into that cool, refreshing water and it completely surrounds you, that’s what it’s like to be “In Christ.” Immersed in his infinite ocean of love.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.