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LET FREEDOM RING

Read: Isaiah 58:1-10

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness,...to let the oppressed go free? Isaiah 58:6 (NKJV)

In 1963, during a peaceful march on Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech. He eloquently called for freedom to ring from every mountaintop across the nation. The cost to him personally and to those who joined his peaceful resistance movement was steep, but real change soon began. God used that speech to awaken the conscience of the United States to fight for the freedom of the oppressed and downtrodden.

In the 8th century BC, amid personal and national injustice, the prophet Isaiah was used by God to awaken the conscience of God’s people. Their convenient spirituality had led them to violence and insensitivity toward their fellow humans. God's people were oppressing the poor and substituting religious practices for genuine righteous living (Isaiah 58:1-5). God indicted them (v.1) and prescribed spiritual living that would be expressed through turning to God in genuine repentance and setting people free (vv.6-12).

Like Isaiah, we have been sent to let freedom ring. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must proclaim that the captives can be released, that the downtrodden can be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord's favor has come.

I've got a river of life flowing out of me:
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free;
I've got a river of life flowing out of me. Casebolt

No righteousness, no freedom!

Monday, January 16, is the official recognition of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Watch for more information of how we will remember and celebrate his life as a community together in downtown Muskegon. Please put Sunday, January 15 on your calendar for our annual MLK Jr. peace march with our sister church, Mt. Zion COGIC. We will meet at 5 p.m. at Central UMC and march to Mt. Zion where we will worship, giving thanks for the work and sacrifice of this amazing man and calling ourselves to commitment to do the same. Pleasejoin me, Central sisters and brothers, for this important evening to be united with our neighbor church. Last year, it was just me from Central. Let’s have a much better showing this year.

Peace,

Pastor Mark

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