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June 06, 2018
By David Freberg

Blog #11 - Spiritual Son-tan - 

I enjoy walking on the beach with my wife, especially in the evening.  The smell of the ocean breeze is restorative, the sand on my feet is soothing, and the sound of the waves is intoxicating.  These times make for great memories and a great time of connecting with my favorite person.

Sometimes we just pick up and head to the beach for a quick walk.  There are times we want to spend more time there or have more people with us.  At those times, we have to plan for the trip. We need to pull out the checklist to make sure we are not forgetting anything.  Sunscreen-check, towel-check, goggles-check, beach toys-check, umbrella-check, beach bag for all the stuff-check, bottle of water to wash sand off feet-check, rubber duckie-check.

There are other preparations to make, too.  Are we going to bring food to eat at the beach or are we going to eat out?  How much time do we have to spend at the beach with travel time? Are we going to stop for ice cream after the beach?   

During the summer, make sure you are getting a spiritual Son-tan.  Be sure to set aside time to pray for your family, your pastor, your government leaders, for wisdom, and for Faith Christian School.  Set aside time to get into God’s Word to find out how you should serve our God and Father. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).  No sunscreen required.

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,

David



 

Mr. Freberg's Blog

May 14, 2018
By David Freberg

Blog #10 - 
Spring Cleaning

It may take me a few weeks to feel mentally and physically ready to tackle cleaning the garage.   Things have been thrown in there over the winter with the intention of finding a place for it, but what is in the garage is put on the back burner or forgotten.  Once I have decided to tackle the project, I need to clear a whole day and gather the right storage containers and have enough space in the garbage can to throw out all the things that I thought I needed to store but now are just going to be thrown away.  

While I’m cleaning out the garage, I often find things that I had forgotten I had.  Does that ever happen to you?  I spend a few minutes looking at it or reminiscing about it before I need to get back to work if I’m going to complete the project.  There are times when I need to ask my wife or neighbor to help me move something because it is either too big or too awkward for me to handle alone.  There are times when I find some unexpected things--maybe something that spoiled or even some uninvited guests (mice or bugs or other critters).  When that happens, I need to get rid of them in whatever manner works best.  After a long day, the garage is clean and organized, rid of any unwanted guests, and ready to be enjoyed.  I can rest better knowing that the job is finished.

We need to regularly clean out our spiritual garage.  The garbage of the world can clutter our lives and make things messy.  If we spend time with God daily and spend regular time in conversation with Him, He can clean up some of our junk.  Some things will require a time of fasting and praying.  Some things may require the help of others.  But in God’s Word, David makes a request, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalms 51:10)  Take some time to get the junk of the world out of your spirit, so you will have more room for the things of God.

Keep reflecting faith!

In Christ,
David

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

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