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“Child Of God”

October 4, 2016

Greetings,

“Praise the Lord.  Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints.  Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.  Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.  For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation.  Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.  May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them.  This is the glory of all His saints.  Praise the Lord.”  Psalm 149

When we gathered for fellowship last Saturday this was the passage that The Spirit had us focus on.  Praise is indeed a mighty thing.  There are many places in the bible that tell us to praise our Lord.  Our housechurch is blessed to have many musicians.  At times we have four guitars and a djembe drum.  We often lift our voices in celebration and praise of Jesus.  This passage is interesting because it goes right from praise into warfare.  In the past Israel had to literally wage physical war against its enemies. The church is fortunate in this day and age to not have to fight those kind of battles.  However, we are at times faced with real Spiritual warfare against the dark forces of evil.

Like Paul said, we don’t wage war as the world does and we don’t fight with the weapons of this world.  Because the weapons we use have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10: 3-4)

It is my experience that the weapons we use most often are praise, prayer and The Word.  Over the years we have found it helpful to, with The Spirit’s leading, write our own songs.  We write songs of worship and witness to the glory of God.  We have been inspired through blood, sweat, toil and tears to honor Him and our songs bear witness to that process.  Having our own original songs also helps with making a clean break from the false religious system.

The following song was written after the birth of my son Caleb in 1994 and it is called “Child Of God” or “Caleb’s Song”….I wrote these words out of a deep desire that my son, and everyone else, would be free from the shackles of  traditional dead religion.   And it goes like this:

Child of God, Child of God, you are free

Child of God, Child of God, you are free

Stay free from the prisons, men can put you in

Stay free for the vision, God will set you in

Child of God, Child of God, you are free

Child of God, Child of God, you are free

Dream all the dreams, The Father has for you

Give Him your heart, He will see you through

If man stands in your way, don’t back down just pray

For you are a child of God

Child of God, Child of God, you are free

Child of God, child of God, you are free

Stay free from the prisons, men can put you in

Stay free for the vision, God will set you in

If man stands in your way, don’t back down just pray

For you are a child of God

If self stands in your way, you’d better back down and pray

For you are a child of God

I just felt like I was supposed to share that here today.  If anyone is interested I can give you the chord progression so that you could use this song in your fellowship times

Caleb, like all of my children, has been raised totally outside of traditional religion.  He never went to Sunday school or youth group and I am glad to say that he loves and serves Jesus as well as any young man his age can.  Caleb grew up in a fellowship without spectators, pulpits and pews.  Since he was old enough to talk he has actively participated in our gatherings.  When he was about 9 years old he contributed greatly to our fellowships dialogue concerning Cain and Abel and shared in great detail about acceptable sacrifices.  In our fellowship we do not do sermons or monologues.  Instead we have open free flowing Spirit led conversations and everyone participates.  There is nothing about our fellowships that are traditional or mainstream.  Caleb has never sat under any formal bible teaching.  What he learned He learned directly from the Holy Spirit and from participating in ongoing conversations about our Lord and King.  What he learned is that relationship with God and one another is what it is all about.  Caleb got to where he is today without flannel boards, instructional videos, tithing, bible quizzing and traditional Pastors.  I say he has benefited greatly by not having ANY of the trappings of the Traditional “Church” system.

My son is filled with The Holy Spirit and He loves Jesus with all his heart.  The good news is that he is taking all he has received and learned to an entire new generation.  The message that Caleb shares is all about freedom in Christ.  That we can actually BE The Church without going to a building or following various religious rules.  My son looks at people and sees that they are valuable to our Lord.  He sees potential in everyone and he knows that everyone in the church has something special to share with the rest of the Body.  He does not recognize ANY hierarchy in the church.  He sees things this way because we lived this way everyday in our house or wherever we found ourselves.

I just want to say that I love my son and I am VERY proud of him.  I am very grateful that Caleb can love and serve Jesus and others in ways that do not lead to religious bondage.  “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”.  I am glad today that my son Caleb is free.  He has certainly lived up to the words of the song I wrote for him all those years ago.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

 

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6 Comments
  1. Tom Ball permalink

    I so happy for you, Chris, that your son is a follower of Jesus. That is a true blessing.

  2. Amy Levine permalink

    Kirk, what a delight it was to read, ” Child of God” it was wonderful to read about your beloved son & how through the years he has been experiencing the reality of church life. Because we also chose to walk with our children in that way, to this day they carry the torch & have a real hunger for the Lord! Thank you for sharing!

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