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Discipleship Part I

If ever there was a word that made music to the ears, it has to be the word ‘freedom.’ It is the yearning and passionate desire of humanity to break free: free from bondage, tyranny, oppression, and limitation. It was the war cry of the American revolutionaries as summarized by Patrick Henry’s ringing words: ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’ Freedom is the ideal which makes music to the soul.

Yet even in ‘free societies’ there are many who are in bondage. In the United States, it is estimated that one out of every one hundred adult Americans is either in jail or in prison; this is one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. Substance abuse is high all over the world, whether it is narcotics, alcohol, or tobacco. Some are tyrannized by wrong relationships or financial woes. The so-called ‘Sexual Revolution’ of the 1960s was meant to allow unlimited sexual expression without the moral restraints; this coincided with the advent of the birth control pill and was bolstered b…