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You Are Free Week 5 — Free to Celebrate

You Are Free Week 5 — Free to Celebrate

It is time to celebrate with a hearty meal and to send presents to those in need, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. You must not be dejected and sad! — Nehemiah 8:10 This is the week I’ve been waiting for! Even if you are not in a season of harvest in

You Are Free Week 4 — Free to Rest

My soul finds rest in God. — Psalm 62:1 Happy Easter, OBS friends! If you’re feeling a little tired from all the planning and preparation for celebrations, church volunteering, and family gatherings, this week’s study couldn’t come at a better time. If we’re honest, it can be difficult to stop and rest during the Easter

You Are Free Week 3 — Free to Begin Again

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them”. — John 14:23 As anybody who’s had had a major life adjustment — such as moving out of the country, or an immediate family member passing away, or going away

You Are Free Week 2 — Free to Confess

You Are Free Week 2 — Free to Confess Sir, give me some of this water… — John 4:15 I love the woman at the well. She’s completely unabashed staring straight into the face of Jesus and saying she’s lacking. She’s broken. She’s thirsty. And, she needs what Jesus has to offer. Isn’t that you

You Are Free Week 1 — To Be Free

I want to be free. Don’t you? How did we get so confused about our freedom in Christ? It’s a concept that I used to take it at face-value, but now… life, and brokenness, and the burdens that have a habit of piling up smothered freedom somewhere along the way. Is that true for you,

You Are Free Session One: To Be Free

We compete, and we compare, and we strive, and we put terrible pressure on ourselves to “keep up.” But the good news is that we were not made to keep up. We were made to be free… to be who we already are. ~ Rebekah Lyons Introduction Country music superstar Garth Brooks and Christian recording

Free to Be Brave

When a more or less ordinary character, someone who is both kind and self-serving, somehow finds that place within where he or she is still capable of courage and goodness, we get to see something true that we long for. ~ Anne Lamott1 As I watched women walk into their own freedom stories, I was

You Are Free: Free to Ask

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all. ~ D. L . Moody1 March rolled in with a vengeance. Three feet of dirty snow was piled in the gutters of New York City with no sign

You Are Free: Free to Grieve

If you cannot grieve, you cannot be comforted. — Al Andrews On February 1, 2001, I was thirty-nine weeks pregnant. I waddled into my obstetrician’s office for a final routine checkup. Believing my belly had stopped growing, I asked the nurse, “Do you ever do ultrasounds at the end?” “Not unless you are unusually large