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12 November 2009

"I did not make it... it is making me"

A long time ago in a place far far away Rich Mullins sang it...

... but it's far older than even Rich. Some maintain that the "Apostles Creed" was THE Apostle's Creed (an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief) . The big names. The legends. It's likely a BIT newer but not much. But it does really explain (across denominations) what and who we ARE. It says:

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell: The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy universal church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

I love the historical and numerical weightiness of the Apostle's Creed (not to be mistaken for the Apollo Creed). It connects me to the millions and millions of people throughout history and today who make this truth the "why I move" of life. Last night on Freedom House TV, we talked about the freedom we have in our land... contrasted with the lack of freedom that so many face even today.

When you get ahold of what this creed really means to us... it leaves us with no options but to be in an active, living, moving place of faith. Check out this video recently posted on the Voice of the Martyrs website showing an underground church in Vietnam being raided and broken up.

How do people have the strength to be jailed for merely meeting together to talk about a man who loved people so radically that he sacrificed His very life for our freedom? I love the line in the Mullins song that says, "I did not make it... it is making me". That's why. Because when you legitimately seek to get to know who this Jesus is... and really ENCOUNTER Him. He captures your affections and makes you into something that looks more and more like Him everyday. Into someone who loves so radically... that it physically changes the world around you and forces others to stop and take note.

Check out the two parts of last night's FHTV discussion by clicking here. I'd love to hear your thoughts on our freedom and what we are to do with it!

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