Documenting the Days

I meant to start doing this over a year ago. We have victories everyday in developing our soil to table farm and delivery system and I have felt led to document them but just haven’t done it. So many victory stories I should tell, but I’m going o start today because today is better than never.

Today we are continuing our quest for the perfect packaging, reviewing label styles and messaging. We have decided less is more and are going that direction. We also nailed down a great summer jambalaya recipe, chopped full of Summer veggies. So excited for people to try this recipe.

I’m super excited about a new chicken tractor Composting strategy for all of the restaurant veg we have been getting.

We are finishing up moving 3000+ yards of topsoil that God provides for free. Truly another miracle. It’s taken us 2 weeks of 20 loads per day but what a blessing!

Also had a great conversation and initial meeting with our perspective grower for our fruit trees. They are a large operation and feel like they can handle our volume.

I followed up with Kelly today about a “chance” encounter he had with a old employee that went through some rough times. I told Kelly that Jubilee was a place of healing and that he had a place here as a farm hand. Our God is truly a God of redemption. He turns death into life, dust into fruit.

I am humbled to be a part of such a novel and Godly project. I see people being healed and touched at every turn. Thank you God for choosing me to go and produce fruit.

“Man-Go”

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Psst, Your Father Has Something To Tell You…

This is why God Loves you so much. You and your personality are unique to you and you alone. There has never ever been and will never be someone just like you, and when God looks at all of humanity, 100 billion deep, he sees you as a unique creation unlike any He has ever made before. To underestimate your worth is to discredit God’s perfect and original handiwork. You are worth it!

“God is the great interpreter of one human personality to another. Even personalities who are the nearest together have much in their natures that remains a sealed book to each other. And only as God enters and controls their lives are the mysteries of each revealed to the other. Each personality is so different. God alone understands perfectly the language of each and can interpret between the two. Here we find the miracles of change and the true interpretation of life.”

Be Blessed and Be Free.

A. Freeman

Why Blood?

I began meditating this week on Blood. Why Blood? What was so significant about blood that it was used as the cleansing substance in the Old and New Testament?

I recognize that blood has to flow to cause death and it is the sacrificial act of offering a lamb or a Son that is a “trade in” for our sin nature, but is there something more?  Why is there such a focus on the blood?

Most of us recognize that blood is a essential life sustaining element and without it we perish. However, what is so essential about blood? Why is it essential. Well, Blood has two vital roles at the most basic level, one is to act as the delivery service by bringing nutrients and oxygen into the cells for nourishment and sustaining of bodily functions and subsequently life. The other role of blood is not as well known. Blood not only acts as the delivery service of the body, but also as the waste manager. It carries the excreted metabolic wastes away from the cells so that the waste can be eliminated as water solubles.

So blood itself is actually God’s foreshadowing of the nurturing and cleansing nature of Christ. The fact that Christ blood was spilt is a metaphor for the toxins and sins being carried away from our lives. Similarly, as Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
‭‭John‬ ‭6:54‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This ingesting of Jesus blood is a representation of an ingestion of the nourishing qualities of Jesus to the human trinity; body, soul and Spirit. Just as the blood carries life to our cells, Jesus brings all necessary elements for life. Just as blood carries away toxins out of our cellular life, the spilt blood of Jesus carries the toxin of sin away so that we can commune, In Spirit, with our creator.

I hope this sparks some interest in paying close attention to words and the metaphoric relationship between EVERYTHING in nature and how it all has purpose to point back to the SPIRITUAL. Remember at the end of the day the SPIRITUAL is real and this physical, “Mother Nature”, earth suit is the temporary.

“It’s ALL SPIRITUAL!”

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman

God’s Truth

Warning: I’m going to hoe a little close to the corn today, so if some weeds get uprooted we’ll just praise the Lord for it!

“You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:9-10‬ ‭

The character of God has never and will never change. This is truth and if the unyieldingness of this verse disturbs us we need to examine why.

The law was perfected through Christ Jesus, but the fact still remains, we must not reject the truth that there is only one God, and Jesus is the only way to the Father.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭

This decision we are making, as to whether or not to accept or reject Christ as the Messiah is NOT only about us, it’s about our children and grandchildren. The choice to stand as agnostic, atheist or believer will have an eternal impact for you and many generations to come. Do not be luke warm, do not take it lightly, and ask God to do one thing, “Reveal yourself to me, please. Remove my doubt, and make your truth known to me, once and for all time.”

Friend there is an appointed time when the truth of Jesus will be revealed to you, in this life or the next. Could it be today? Are you willing to look? Are you willing to weigh the cost of following Jesus?

Love and respect friends!

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman

Lessons from Irma

As I survey the damage of Irma in Bradenton and beyond it’s amazing how much “dead” and “diseased” trees and branches it took down. Not to mention the outdated infrastructure that it destroyed. Branches that should have been trimmed, maintained or eliminated long ago were the culprits in taking down valuable power supply infrastructure.

This is exactly what happens in our lives too. We get “dead” wood with respect to relationships, jobs, finances and it takes a storm in our life to be willing (actually forced) to make modifications to the way we live.

Why is it that it takes a storm of a heart attack, diabetes or stroke or divorce or bankruptcy to move us to action?

Irma was a blessing in a lot of ways. It made me recognize where my own affairs weren’t in order. It made our county and state recognize how unprepared we were for this type of catastrophe. We would have a lot less damage if the pruning and maintenance would have already been done by homeowners, municipalities and utility companies and not waited for Irma to do it for us.

My prayer is that it doesn’t take calamity in our lives to be willing to look at where we need to change some things. Don’t wait for the storm and calamity to come to recognize the need for pruning and growth or a new or renewed relationship with Jesus.

We all know, intuitively, where to turn our heads and our focus in the season of panic. Man the prayers start soaring, but why does it take calamity to turn our attention to the Lord. Is He not good enough to focus on all of the time? Is He not sufficient? Am I too distracted by the world to lift up my heart cry to Him like that everyday?

I’m believing that post Irma there is going to be revival in this community and in this state. That we will realize just how small we are and how big He is!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

I love this community and all the people in it and my hearts cry is for everyone to have a richer, more fulfilling life with Christ at the center. Be blessed!

The Best Weapon or Worst Enemy — Our Thoughts…

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We all deal with verbal, mental and emotional abuse from people, sometimes it is overwhelming to try to figure out how to handle these attacks. It’s life. Bad things happen and there are wicked people in our lives and at times we are those wicked people! So where do we look for answers on how to handle this type of aggression? Should we not look to the man who handled an enormous amount of abuse and mockery in His lifetime. A man that modeled perfectly the solution? Jesus had more mental, emotional, verbal and physical assaults on Him than any of us will ever experience and yet He persevered.

Imagine if Jesus had mediatated on and internalized the negative comments people made about Him and held as truth the opinions of others about Him.

Starting from the beginning even His own brothers, friends and neighbors didn’t believe that He was the Messiah (John 7:5). They mocked Him and shunned His ministry (Matthew 13:57).

Similarly, He was rejected by the ruling authorities and even His own people! How painful! How debilitating! Can you imagine the different outcome if Jesus had sat around and meditated on all of those malicious words? Could He have completed His mission to be our sacrificial Lamb?

Gratefully, Jesus had the solution to verbal, emotional and physical abuse. He did not hold onto people’s opinions. He didn’t let worldly facts about who he was (just a carpenter, son of Joseph, the kid from Nazareth) erode His heart. So what was the Jesus’ solution to dealing with malicious attacks? Jesus choose to meditate on the TRUTH not the facts. Jesus held treasure in His heart. He knew the TRUTH about who He is and the reason He was in the world. He didn’t let the opinions of others sway Him from the TRUTH. He didn’t seek the approval of his family, friends and neighbors, He looked to the TRUTH. He had a scripture in His heart!

I would encourage us all today to model Jesus. When we are under attack by our friends, spouse, children, parents, authorities, neighbors, co workers, bosses, we must stay focused on who we are in Christ. We must stay focused on the TRUTH, the HOLY WORD OF GOD! When I am discouraged or angry, my first instinct is to defend myself! To fight for my rights! Jesus taught us to lay down our sword and surrender our rights, just as He did on Calvary!

When in doubt always look to Jesus, there is nothing you and I will face in this world that Jesus did not model a solution for us.

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman

Satan Lies!

Let me tell you a story that hurts me very badly, but needs to be told. I was recently in a heated exchange with someone I love and this person shouted, “You are a hypocrite!”. If I can be transparent for a moment it hurt bad. I stopped and thought for a minute, considering, “Is it true?” “Am I a hypocrite?” I knew instantly this was a word Jesus used frequently in scripture and it caused me to pause. I haven’t stopped meditating on that statement for the last 36 hours, not because I’m angry, but because I’m concerned. So I’ve been praying in Spirit for the Lord to give me something.

First, let’s get something straight, I was not speaking kindly and I was speaking out in a fleshly manner. I am not proud of this, but it’s the truth. I was angry, I was hurt and I was in fight mode, that is not the image of Christ I want to reflect and I repent. So I considered this topic that Jesus spent so much time talking about and instantly Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees and their hypocritical behavior came to mind so I spent some time studying, “What is Jesus’ brand of hypocrisy?” I need to know!!!

Here’s what I believe to be true. I believe that Jesus didn’t call a Godly man that sinned a hypocrite. I believe that Jesus didn’t just see the sin alone, He saw the heart from which the sin spewed, which disturbed Him on a whole nether level. Jesus’ brand of hypocrisy described a man that held himself above others, and made sure everyone saw his good behavior publicly, all the while defiling himself and then concealing the sin in his heart, in an unrepentant fashion. Jesus charged the Pharisees and scribes many times as being hypocrites because of the way they interpreted the law to benefit themselves. They publicly obeyed the part of the law that was trivial or unimportant and ignored the portion of the law that they chose not to follow for their own personal gain. The worst part is it was all premeditated and preplanned with an unpure heart. They held themselves high, judged others, and committed premeditated-unrepented acts.
To Jesus this was unbearable and He cursed this behavior and promised judgment.

Now back to today’s world, we know and recognize the great deceiver and twister of words, the enemy of our righteousness, the liar in the desert that twisted God’s words to tempt Jesus. He takes a truth and changes it just enough to make it look and smell like truth to someone who lacks knowledge of God’s Word. Satan has twisted this word “hypocrisy” in the hearts of believers and unbelievers to untether believers from their God and to confirm unbelievers suspicions that there is “nothing different” about Christ followers, they still sin and they still act out badly. Satan is working overtime to lump all Christ followers who sin in a general bucket called “hypocrite”. This work he has been doing has separated untold numbers of people from God because of their misinterpretation of the Words of Christ. Now let’s look at the truth of God’s words, it is written, “it is not by our deeds, but by grace through faith in Jesus Christ that the repentant heart is forgiven so that we may not boast and God receive the glory (Ephesians 2) and chastened to conform nearer to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).”

So on the surface it would appear that a man that proclaims to be a Christ follower, that acts out in the flesh and sins is a hypocrite, but I believe what separates a hypocrite from a sinner is the position of the heart. The Bible tells us, there is no one perfect, not even one (Romans 3:10) and that we have ALL fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). That would mean we are ALL hypocrites as believers if the criteria is a Christ follower, that proclaims Jesus, but then turns around and sins. We are all guilty as charged. However, there is the great sifting that Christ references where the wheat is separated from the tare’s and that’s a repentant heart versus an unrepentant heart (Matthew 13:24).

I believe that what separates a sinner from a hypocrite is the position of the heart. Premeditated sin and a secret life, while presenting oneself as spiritually superior coupled with an unrepentant heart is Jesus’ brand of hypocrisy.

On the other side is Paul’s teachings in Romans 7, no matter what I try to do good, I fail, even though I want to be sinless, I can’t because it is the sin within me that compels me to act in a way I don’t want to act. He understood our Adam nature. That the crucifixion of the flesh was on ongoing battle. Grow spiritually, then I sin, then I repent, then I grow and on and on. This is the lesson, it is only by Christ grace that I am righteous. It is not by my good deeds or my good actions that confirm me as a Christian, because there is nothing good in me. It is only through faith in Christ that I am redeemed of my carnality. So protect your heart, receive the grace by faith in Jesus Christ. We will still sin, but we have a savior that we can turn it over to, in Jesus name!

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman

Forgiveness – Part 2

If I have trouble giving forgiveness, then I have a problem receiving forgiveness.

I can’t give something away that I have not received. How can I be a re-gifter of a unreceived gift?

When we give gifts to people how do we know that they have truly “received” that gift? Well, we see them using the gift, we may see them wearing the gift and we may even see them sharing a gift. Then we know it was truly been received.

Have you ever given someone a shirt or jewelry, and thought to yourself, “I haven’t seen them wear that since the day I gave that gift!” That is the essence of an unreceived gift. Maybe we didn’t like the way it looked or it we didn’t think it fit just right or it wasn’t the style we wanted or the gift didn’t seem to match the occasion. Whatever the reason we set it aside as unacceptable, unusable or not good enough.

Do we not do the same with the forgiveness granted to us through grace. We set it aside as not enough, or unworthy or it doesn’t seem to fit?

How do we know if forgiveness is truly a gift that we have received? We use it! We wear it! We share it!

If forgiveness has indeed been received from Christ it will be obvious. When we wear the gift of forgiveness there is no spirit of anger in us. When we use forgiveness there is healing in relationships, when we share forgiveness we allow others to taste the flavor of the grace that a relationship with Christ offers. When we have truly received Christ’s totally free gift of forgiveness it totally changes how we look, feel, and act to the outside world. The greatest part is that then we can finally share the gift of forgiveness to others and be set free from bondage of unforgiveness and a cold heart.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Amen.

Be Blessed. Be Free.

A.Freeman

Forgiveness – Part 1

I was driving the other day and watched as 2 cars stopped in the middle of traffic to pick up a lost box turtle and walk it 50 yards to the nearest pond while dozens of cars were backed up behind them. Now the turtle was not in any clear and present danger, yet yielded such a provactive response and outpouring of love.

On the flip side, every week I watch hundreds of us walk by and drive by lost human beings, who are suffering and we do not lead them to water or even bring the water to them to drink.

I thank the Lord that He shined a light on this for me. It is indicative of how “hurt” we are as a society. We have all been hurt, people have stabbed us in the back, cheated us, lied to us, physically, emotionally and mentally abused us and we are DONE with people!

This is the symptom, but I submit to you that Unforgiveness is the disease. If you’ve been hurt you MUST forgive. Carrying around a root of bitterness is like you drinking poison and hoping it hurts the other person. It doesn’t it’s only hurting you! Jesus modeled forgiveness many times and told us this is the path to righteousness.

Jesus always took it to another level though and actually told Peter in Matthew 18:21-22, I’m not telling you to forgive once, I’m telling you to forgive an unlimited amount of times and even for the same offense! Blessings to the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

I do not think it could be much more clear than Matthew 6:14-15, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

I pray for a softening of our hearts and a Spirit of forgiveness to fall on us so that WE may be free. Unforgiveness is keeping us prisoners not the violater! Give it to Jesus. Be set free!! This is my prayer for YOU this week!

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman

Which Thief Are You?

One of the biggest blessings derived from reading scripture regularly is how God can take the “same ole story”, that I’ve heard “a thousand times”, and instantly allow me to see something I’ve never seen before. I truly feel my spirit leap with joy as fresh revelation drops.

Well, today I want to contemplate the scene at Calvary on crucifixion day. Specifically, let’s focus on the thieves. These guys have never really stood out to me until today, but I now believe they were very symbolic for the fate of ALL humanity! The Gospel of Luke reveals the imagery that dreadful and beautiful day:

“Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:32-33, 39-43‬ ‭NLT

I believe the whole of humanity is adequately represented right here at Calvary. The entire history and future of mankind is embodied in this one moment in time. Here you have Christ, the savior, the Messiah, spun between the men that represented all of those He was sent to save. The men were both sinners, just like you and me, yet they represented two distinct camps that every human being in the world happens to belong:

There is the thief (sinner) on His left, that is sentenced to death for his sins, that refuses to believe that Jesus is who He’s says He is, the redeemer, the SON OF GOD.   Then there is the thief (sinner) on His right, that is sentenced to death for his sins, and acknowledges his guilt before the Lord, acknowledges Jesus sinless nature and acknowledges in his heart Jesus’ sacrifice and His Lordship. By simply believing in the name of Jesus his eternal death sentence is anulled and that very day he walked with Jesus in paradise. Oh Blessings to the One who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Christ Jesus!

Friends, these three men weren’t there by happenstance! They didn’t just happen to be on His right and left with Jesus spanning the sea of sin between them! They didn’t just happen to have this commentary, for the whole world to see, in the last minutes of Jesus’ life! This was the sword of the Spirit cutting between bone and marrow, asking the question to all mankind, “Which thief represents your heart?” “Are you the sinner that believes in the name of Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world or the sinner the mocks the name of Jesus?” “Where do you stand today, friend?”

Rest assured my friends, just as the day of judgment came for the thieves and the unblemished Lamb of God, our day of judgement will come when we say, “Jesus, do you remember me?” The day is coming when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Today he’s asking you to believe in Him as Lord of your life and for you to step down from the throne and let Him take His rightful place on the throne of your heart. If you are prepared to make that decision then you too brother and sisters will have eternal communion with our Lord. Thank you Holy Spirit!

Be Blessed and Be Free!

A. Freeman