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            One day a teacher asked her students to share what they were thankful for. Several students stood and gave rather standard answers, but one little boy was different. He said he was thankful for his new glasses. When the teacher asked why, he said, “They keep boys from hitting me and girls from kissing me.”

            We may not have new glasses to be thankful for, but each of us has something for which to be thankful. We need to ask ourselves a few questions. Are we thankful for God’s material blessings? Are we thankful that we live in America? As a nation, we have faults, but in spite of them, we are still the greatest nation on earth. We are still the land of the free and the home of the brave.

            As Americans, we have great freedom. We can come and go as we please. We can live our lives as we please. We can become anything we can dream and are willing to work to achieve. We are free to express our opinions, both good and bad. We are free to bad-mouth our leaders. We can do and say things in America that in other countries could get us arrested, put in jail or even shot. We have freedom of religion in America. That means that we are free to be religious in most any form (Evangelical, Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim). It also means that we have the freedom not to be religious (atheists). Are we thankful for the freedom we have as Americans?

We live in a democracy, governed by a Constitution and a Bill of Rights that states government is of the people, by the people, and for the people (all the people). When the people we elect who are supposed to represent us do a bad job, but forget who elected them, we can throw the rascals out, and we frequently do. Are we thankful for our democracy?

            Are we thankful for our homes? Are we thankful for a roof over our heads and for food on the table? Are we thankful for those we love and those who love us; for mom and dad, for husband or wife, for children, grandchildren, and for dear friends?

            Do we have spiritual blessings we should be thankful for? Are we thankful for our churches, our ministers, and good and godly people who “walk the walk” and “talk the talk?” Are we thankful for the grace of God that passes all understanding that has changed our lives and made us members of the family of God?

            We should not let the gloomy economy, the pre-Christmas sales rush, or anything else rob us of the joy of Thanksgiving. Sometimes, we need to slow down to live. Take time out from the rush. Sit down with paper and pencil and make a list of all the people and things you have to be thankful for. Review your list, then thank God for all your blessings.

 –Robert Wilkerson, DMin, is an author of Christian devotionals and books, and president of People For the Christian Way ministry. Contact him at drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net or http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com


The Guilty Set Free

“He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder . . .” (Luke 23:25).

He turned his back on the judge and began walking out of court. As he walked past the guards, his pace grew faster and faster, then he broke into a run. As he ran, he thought to himself, “I have to get out of here fast! They let me go! I have to disappear before they change their minds!” I imagine that thoughts like those were running through Barrabas’ mind when the authorities set him free.

Barrabas was a terrorist and a murderer. He had been tried for murder, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Roman custom dictated that one guilty person of the Jews choosing, could be set free each year. When the judge asked the crowd which one they wanted set free, Jesus or Barrabas, they repeatedly shouted, “Give us Barrabas! Give us Barrabas!”

The judge was forced to let a guilty man go, and by doing so condemned an innocent one (Jesus). Barrabas was the guilty one, but Jesus took his place.

Like Barrabas, many of us stand condemned. The Word of God condemns us as do the Spirit of God, and our own minds that whisper disturbing things to us. Barrabas’ freedom was paid for by the suffering and death of Jesus. Like him, we can be set free because Christ died for us. He took our place. Has he set you free?

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org


Read Galatians 5:1-13

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do

not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery

–Galatians 5:1


On July 4, 2012, we celebrate our freedom as a nation. It is wonderful to live in a free country and no country is freer than America. Among the freest of the free are Christians. Christians not only enjoy the freedom of government, they enjoy the personal freedom that Christ alone can give. As Christians, we have been set free from the law and the power, punishment, and guilt of sin. We are saved by grace through faith. It is not of our own doing. It is the free gift of God. We cannot work for it or earn it. We cannot buy it. We can only receive it as a gift from Jesus Christ.

This wonderful freedom that we enjoy can be lost if we aren’t careful. We can lose our freedom by becoming legalistic. That means we have a set of rules we live by. We believe that if we keep all the rules, we are OK with God, and if we don’t, we aren’t. Legalism builds pride in us, makes us think we’re better than other people, and robs us of our abilities to be non-judgmental, compassionate, forgiving, and kind. Living by the law makes us legalistic. Living by grace makes us Christian.

We can lose our freedom by lapsing back into the sin that Jesus saved us from. God’s Word finds this so disgusting that it compares it to a dog returning to its vomit (Proverbs 26:11). The call to become a Christian is a call to come forward—never to go back.

Let us be diligent not to lose the freedom Christ suffered and died to give us. Do we still have Christ’s freedom?  If so, don’t lose it.