Mr. Freberg's Blog

March 29, 2018
By David Freberg

Bird Beaks - 

You can tell a lot about a bird by looking at it.  The beak of a woodpecker is designed to get to the insects in a tree while the beak of a hummingbird is no good for that but is perfectly designed to get the nectar out of a funnel-shaped flower.  The feet of the eagle are perfect for clutching its prey while the feet of the duck could not grab its prey but are perfect for swimming.  The coloring of a peacock is perfect for attracting a mate but would not camouflage it and keep its eggs safe.  The size, shape, color, beak, and feet all tell us something about the bird, so we can have a pretty good idea of what it eats and where it may live.

What can people tell about us by looking at us?  Are they seeing the love of Jesus reflected in you and how you treat other people?  We should be exhibiting the fruit of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23--But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Someone should be able to watch us and see the fruit of our love and faith in Jesus Christ.

Our faith needs to have works as the fruit of our belief.  James 2:14-26 tells us that works are not to be the only thing that we have.  Our faith and our deeds need to work together to show and share the love of Jesus to those around us.  We need to be the hands and feet to God’s Word.  By doing these things, we will be reflecting the love and mercy that God has for us.  We haven’t earned it, we don’t deserve it, but He gives it to us anyway (from the song “Reckless Love”).  If it is a free gift from God, we should be generous to share it with others.  People should be able to see that there is something different in us because of what they see.

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,
David

Mr. Freberg's Blog

February 28, 2018
By David Freberg

Foundation of Faith in Your Family - 

My oldest son is a very even keel and very seldom got upset about anything; he would go with the flow.  My youngest son knew what buttons to push on his older brother to get him upset.  I could see that my youngest was getting on his older brother’s nerves.  When this happened, I could often step in and diffuse the situation, but when I didn’t, it was not pretty.  I remember a time when my oldest was chasing his younger brother with a bat, fortunately, a foam bat, but a bat nonetheless.  I’m sure that when I grabbed the bat from him that my initial thoughts were not as kind and loving as I would have liked.

There are times when we as parents are not sure that what we are doing is making a difference in the lives of our children.  When the oldest child is trying to take over your job as the parent or when the youngest lets the older siblings do everything for him, it doesn’t feel like you are winning.  When one of my sons is chasing the other son with a bat, I did not feel like Father of the Year at that moment.

I read something recently that gave me a bit of hope.  It is a website article with some information about Jonathan Edwards and his family tree.  For those who do not remember your American Lit class in high school, Edwards wrote “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and was a leader in the Great Awakening in the mid to late 1700s.  Read this snippet of the article and be encouraged.

“Max Jukes, the atheist, lived a godless life. He married an ungodly girl, and from the union, there were 310 who died as paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards, and more than half of the women were prostitutes. His 540 descendants cost the State one and a quarter million dollars. 

"But, praise the Lord, it works both ways! There is a record of a great American man of God, Jonathan Edwards. He lived at the same time as Max Jukes, but he married a godly girl. An investigation was made of 1,394 known descendants of Jonathan Edwards of which 13 became college presidents, 65 college professors, 3 United States senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers, and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one a vice-president of the United States, 80 became public officials in other capacities, 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries. His descendants did not cost the state a single penny. 'The memory of the just is blessed' (Prov. 10:7)."  Originally posted at http://www.ravenhill.org/edwards.htm

It is amazing how much grace God gives us.  I have three children who are all serving the Lord.  They all saved their purity for their spouse and are serving in their churches today.  God made that all happen; my wife and I just played a supporting role.  What kind of legacy are you leaving for your children?  You may not see the fruit right away, but if you do the right things for the right reasons and keep putting God first, your probability is much higher that your children will follow after God, too.

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,
David

Mr. Freberg's Blog

January 12, 2018
By David Freberg

New Year - 

The start of a new year is always full of possibilities.  Some people make resolutions, some people come up with one word, some people just keep on doing what they are doing.  Several people will promise to lose weight or manage their money better or be a better spouse or parent or read through the Bible.  No matter what you do, most of us will take some time to look back over the past year and look forward the coming year.  

I appreciate that I serve a God who is a God of new beginnings.  We see it all around us. Each spring comes alive with trees getting their leaves and flowers, many animals being born, and people coming out of their homes and spending more time outside. Spring is also a popular time for weddings.  Two people committing to each other for life in front of family, friends, and God.  This union often will produce the birth of a child, the beginning of a life that is full of possibilities.  

God has other areas that He gives us new beginnings. The heavens rejoice when someone accepts Jesus as her Lord and Savior; the beginning of a new life with Christ.  Psalms 144:9 says, “I will sing a new song to you, my God.”  We get a fresh start after God has done something new for us or has done something for us again.  Isaiah 66:22 and Revelations 3:12 tell us that God has new heavens and a new Earth ready for us after Jesus returns.  I praise God for His creativity and willingness to share His ideas of new beginnings with us.

As we start the new year, take advantage of this time to evaluate what is going on in your life at home, at church, and at work. Decide to stop doing what’s not working for you, start doing something that you have always wanted to do, and continue doing the things that are working for you.  This could be the best year ever!

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,

David

 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

January 03, 2018
By David Freberg

Merry Christmas

This is the most wonderful time of the year! The kids are excited about Christmas break.  Parents are frantically running to all of the Christmas parties, shopping, and getting ready to travel to family gatherings.  The teachers are excited about Christmas break.  We have our Christmas programs at school and church.  The decorating of the house, buying the perfect gift for each person on your list, wrapping presents, and wearing ugly sweaters all take a toll on your energy and time and focus.  During the season, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and tired and chaotic.  

This morning, Lindsay Dailey, one of our great teachers, lead our teacher devotion that talked about the same thing.  She used the illustration of Mad Libs, the stories where you put in different types of words (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, etc.) without knowing the context they will be used, to show how the Christmas season often feels.  These stories can end up being hilarious.  They also can seem a bit messy and disjointed.  When the angel appeared to the shepherds (Luke 2: 8-20), they didn’t have any hesitation on what they needed to do.  There was nothing messy about this situation.  The angel was clear and they followed the angel’s instructions.  They had peace.

During this busy season, you can have that peace, too.  Put your focus on the birth of Jesus and why He came to Earth.  


Keep reflecting your faith!

 

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