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In Defense of the Freaks

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Recently, in a conversation I was having, it was suggested that I should not use the term, "Jesus Freak" in referring to myself, due to the negative definition of the word "freak."  There was a time when I would have responded with sarcasm and pride, but praise God!  Through Jesus Messiah I am being changed!  As I have learned to do, I simply responded, "OK," with a smile.  That got me to thinking perhaps I needed to do a little investigating the word for myself (again).  The following definitions are from dictionary.com .  Freak (freek) -noun * any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object. Jesus said, " But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you ." -John 14:26 (NIV)  Jesus promises His followers that an abnormal phenomenon will happen in their lives.  What we produce without Jesus is normal, but as He changes us, the result

Welcome to the Year of the Jesus Freaks

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Hi, I'm Steve.  And I'm a Christian. Resolutions are a really good way to begin a New Year,  For a number of years I took the opposite point of view, joining with the ever-growing-in-popularity philosophy of "there is no point in making resolutions, when we all are gonna break them anyway."  What a cop-out! So, call this my New Year's resolution:  I'm proclaiming 2011 to be the Year of the Jesus Freaks! The thought that is weaving itself into every area of my own life of late: “God deserves the best.   No mediocrity!”   What if, in the process of merging our faith with culture, we brought commitment back?   I’ve decided to take inventory of my life, put everything under the magnifying glass, and make this commitment: “God deserves my best.   No mediocrity!” Proverbs 29:18(KJV) says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” So, I guess my New Year's resolution is actually more of a New Year's vision.  H