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Thought From a Chronic Isolater

There are two sides to me; depressant and anti-depressant.

The depressant side manifests itself through isolation. Isolation is attractive because it seems so protective, and so secure. But, it only feeds my depressive state. The only thing that proves isolation safety to be a lie is being aware that I am an isolater.

Isolation can be so deceptive. Why? Because it does not require physical absence. I wished I could offer some words of wisdom on how to defeat the depressant side but, I can not.

However, I hold on to this truth. The valley in the center of a wave resides between two peaks. Therefore, I only have to look up to find my anti-depressant. Seratonin be damned! Guess, I better get climbing.

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Who’s Kidding Who?

Someone asked me this question: “Jim, what’s wrong with the Church these days?” I said, “The Church is the same “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and so are the people. Yes, I said “so are the people.” Don’t be discouraged by the actions of others, keep you mind focused on Christ. The truth is: “If we walk barefoot into a room full of broken glass chances are we will experience some lacerations. How deep, how wide, or how infected the wound gets is up to us. Let us not blame the Church.”

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Free Indeed

I see two parts to true spiritual freedom: When my owner (Christ) released me from my debt. And when I truly BELIEVE and RECEIVE my discharge. I can tell people; over and over “I’ve been set free” however, if I don’t intentionally place that truth in my heart, then bondage remains. Christ hung on a tree to release us from our debt. Now it’s our turn to honor his sacrifice by truly believing we are free indeed.

The Slave (by James Oppenheim)

THEY set the slave free, striking off his chains…
Then he was as much of a slave as ever.

He was still chained to servility,
He was still manacled to indolence and sloth,
He was still bound by fear and superstition,
By ignorance, suspicion, and savagery…
His slavery was not in the chains,
But in himself….

They can only set free men free…
And there is no need of that:
Free men set themselves free.

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