How Are Things Between You & God – Bruce Young

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Five months ago, in April of 2016, Albert Woodfox was released from prison after 43 years of incarceration. He was, to that point, the longest standing solitary confinement prisoner in America. From his 6′ x 9′ cell, he could not see the sky, had no human contact, and taking a walk meant pacing back and forth within his cell. Two month after his release he found himself standing with a friend on a beach looking out at the ocean in Galveston, Texas. There he marveled at all the people, the little children playing, the sound of the surf crashing on the shore, the bright sunshine and the ships on the horizon. “It was so strange,” he recalled. So strange in fact, that after all the years of solitary confinement and terrors of being completely alone he now says, “Sometimes I wish I was back in that cell!” WHAT? “Oh yeah! Yeah!” he says passionately, “In a cell you have a routine, you pretty much know what is going to happen, when it’s going to happen, but in society it’s difficult. So there are moments when, yeah, I wish I was back in the security of that cell.” The Bible says that God has offered us a way to experience genuine soul freedom. Nevertheless, many choose the bondage of shame and guilt, or empty pride and try to bolster their own importance in this world. It’s an awful place to live. Yet so many people, even Christians, choose to live there. How can someone experience all the sunshine and ocean breezes that God promises when He speaks of PEACE, FREEDOM, & JOY? This Sunday, we will look at God’s formula for living absolutely free. And how to never go back to that old prison life. Hope you will join us.