Monday, December 16, 2013

Released: 30 Days to Stand for Freedom and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria!  This group exists to empower women to authentically share their hearts.  Want to learn more?  Click here to find out ways you can be involved here.  Before you leave, take some time to visit a new friend.  If you decide to link up, be sure to stop by your neighbor's place.  We want to make sure everybody at this party feels a little love!
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Y'all know I get all kinds of proud of my friends, right?  And I really like to give gifts.  And I'm also passionate about freedom, especially when it comes to sisters and any kind of sexual bondage.  And by now, I am sure you are wondering what the possible link between these three things are.  Well, just keep reading the words below from my friend, Julie...
In this season of comfort and joy, it’s easy to turn off unpleasant tidings that accost our ears. After all, who wants to spoil the most wonderful time of the year? But the reality is an estimated 29.8 million people in various forms of bondage today, including forms of human trafficking, forced labor, child marriage, and slavery by inheritance. 

Around the world, captives long for comfort and joy.

Does such an ugly issue really belong in the holidays, when we’re decking the halls? In truth, a fresh look at modern captivity stirs new gratitude in our hearts for the coming of the God-man to the lowly manger. If not for his coming, we would still be in bondage.

The birth of Jesus is really all about setting captives free. When the babe grew to manhood, He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4:18).

That’s where Christmas comes in; the prophecies, the decree, the star, the manger, the shepherds … it’s all about setting captives free. For those of us who know what it is to be the rescued, what other response is fitting but to long for and provide for the release of others?  Do you know what it is to beg for redemption? After the shepherds saw the baby-Messiah who would bring peace on earth, they had the only fitting response for the event. “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:20)

Christmas is still about setting captives free. 24 writers from around the world came together because they have encountered the Christ who brings peace. The result is a devotional about God’s heart for freedom. We invite you to receive this free tool about human trafficking and modern slavery. You will be informed and inspired by a variety of facts, relevant scripture, and guided prayers representing eleven different countries. The 30 days format will take you right up to the National Day of Prayer for Human Trafficking on January 11. You can begin to stand for freedom just by reading, learning and praying. Would you join us?

Click to download your free copy of  Released 30 Days to Stand for Freedom. We invite you to share it widely, so many people will be informed and inspired.

Christmas is all about God’s heart for freedom and the sacrifice He made to buy back His beloved ones from the ultimate Slave Maker. When you see the baby in the manger on Christmas cards, movies or nativities this season, remember God’s longing for people to be Released.


Find more information about Released here.

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SDG will be on break from December 23rd and 30th.  Please plan to link up your SDG post on January 6th (the beginning of Epiphany and my hubby's birthday!)
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9 comments :

  1. My heart breaks that there is still slavery in all forms...how someone could own someone for their own gain is so sad and disgusting. What is really scary is how it is happening right under our noses in the U.S. Thank you for posting a free download with so much information on this. I am friends with Satish, a Christian man who has dedicated his life to God and to raising awareness and funds to get Indian children out of human trafficking. He has set hundreds free and there is even a safe house/orphanage. Praise God for those who speak up on this plight and or support those following Jesus purpose: -setting the captives free!

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  2. Jen - Wow! Thanks for the free resource! In the Northwest, we have a huge child trafficking populations! Presently we are gathering in prayer to see the captives go free! Freedom as believers is something I am so, so passionate about...so, this is right up my alley! Thanks again Jen! And many blessings and His peace as we dive into these holidays! ~ Jen

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  3. Thanks, Jen, for the prayer and information guide...we can't forget those in bondage...Merry Christmas and Happy Advent :)

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  4. Julie, thanks for sharing with us tonight. I join you in praying for freedom for those who are modern day slaves.

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  5. Jen, I've been supporting a ministry called REST - Real Escape from Sex Trade--https://www.facebook.com/pages/REST-Real-Escape-from-the-Sex-Trade/124248787665303
    here in Seattle and praying about becoming more involved in this cause. There is nothing more important to our century as Christians than this cause--I'm SO glad you highlighted it here; I will for sure download it. Thank you for bringing this to light.

    Good work!

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    1. Whoops--REST link was the wrong one--address is www.iwantrest.com, for those who are interested.

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  6. Jen, I only barely started reading and I'm already in tears. I'm only beginning to realize how big of an issue this is and it terrifies me. Especially because I have a daughter. Thank you for helping make this resource available. I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.

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  7. This is a heartbreaking problem going on in our world. It breaks my heart to think of women, children, men being treated like this. Thank you for posting on this and sharing about the book.

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  8. Thank you for sharing. It is so heartbreaking that this kind of evil exists. I will be joining you in praying.

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