Category Archives: Shackles

Jesus, Set Me Free!!


Galatians 5:1

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then,

and do not let yourselves be burdened again

by a yoke of slavery.”

It hasn’t always been this way…

I remember brighter days!

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(My son, Casey… and our drama team choreographer, Kaya… at a community Outreach)

Before the dark ones came…

Stole my mind…

Wrapped my soul in chains!

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Now I live among the dead…

Fighting voices in my head…

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Hoping someone hears me crying in the night

And carries me away…

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Set me free of the chains holding me...

Is anybody out there hearing me?

Set me free!!

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Morning breaks another day

Finds me crying in the rain…

All alone with my demons I am!

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Who is this man that comes my way?

The dark ones shriek…

They scream His Name!!!

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Is this the One they say will set the captives free?

Jesus, rescue me!!!

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As the God man passes by…

He looks straight through my eyes!

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And darkness cannot hide!!

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Do you want to be free?

Lift your chains…

I hold the key!!

All power on Heav’n and Earth belong to Me!!!
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You are free !
You are free !!
You are free!!!!

Do you want to be Free???

Romans 8:1-2


there is now no condemnation

for those who are in Christ Jesus,

because through Christ Jesus

the law of the Spirit who gives life

has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

John 8:36

“So if the Son sets you free,

you will be free indeed.”


“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”


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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

To form your own opinion!!!

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Set Free







Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…
















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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.


He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!


Can You See A Change In Me???


Oh, Yeah!!

I’ve been Reborn!!

If you see a change in me…

Don’t wonder…

There’s Someone in my life…

A Peace I can’t describe…

 I’ve been Reborn!

I’ve found a whole New Life

And Hope that I can’t hide!!

 Have you ever felt…

A longing

A searching in your soul…

For something more?

But, you don’t know what for…

There’s One who will reach across the distance…

From Heaven to the earth…

Because He loves you…

He loves you!!

A Peace I can’t describe… 

Have you ever felt that something’s missing

Within your soul?

You want something more..

But, you don’t know what for…

There is only One you need

But, you’ve got to Believe

That He loves you!

Enough to give His life!!

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Oh Yeah!!
It’s time for a change!!
Go ahead!
He loves you!!!
 Be Reborn!

“It’s A Shame!” Is Different Than “It’s A Sin!”


“Condemning looks”

When it’s not a sin…

Annoy me!!

And it makes me sad to think…

That people need to do that…

Judge others!

Let’s be clear about the two…



A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of

guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace.


Capacity for such a feeling:

(Have you no shame?)


One that brings dishonor, disgrace, or condemnation.

A condition of disgrace or dishonor; ignominy.


A great disappointment.


 Shamed, Sham·ing, Shames




To cause to feel shame; put to shame.

To bring dishonor or disgrace on.

To disgrace by surpassing.

To force by making ashamed:

(He was shamed into making an apology.)

Put To Shame


To fill with shame; disgrace.

To outdo thoroughly; surpass:

(Your productivity has put the rest of us to shame.)






A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.




Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.

A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.

Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.


Sinned, Sin·ning, Sins




To violate a religious or moral law.

To commit an offense or violation.


James 4:17


“If anyone, then,


knows the good they ought to do


and doesn’t do it,


it is sin for them.”


Colossians 2:6


“So then,


just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,


continue to live your lives in Him,”


*One on-line answer that I liked to the question:


What is the Biblical difference between sin and shame?


“‘Sin’ is generally used to describe a wrong doing of some sort,


usually ethical, moral, or religious.


It’s a known wrong,


that people in their respective society shouldn’t do.


‘Shame’ is often associated with sin in most cultures,


however it is definitely very different.


Shame is the emotion


associated with either being,


or doing, something that others disapprove of.


-You can feel shame because you were caught doing something wrong, like stealing.


-A child can feel shame when they don’t get picked for the basketball team because they’re not tall enough.


-A person can even feel shame for a wrong they’ve done that no one else knows about.


Shame is often associated with a conscience,


and it has some connections,


but shame is not necessarily an indicator that you have done something wrong.


The easiest way to define shame is:


An emotional sense of disappointment either in oneself or another,


caused by failure to meet some given standard, moral or otherwise.”




A sin is an estrangement from God


And shame is a feeling of inadequacy or guilt.


Romans 6:14


For sin shall no longer be your master,


because you are not under the law,


but under grace.”





Shame or Sin…


Neither control me any longer!!


2 Corinthians 12:9-10


“But He said to me,


‘My grace is sufficient for you,


for My power is made perfect in weakness.’


Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,


so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


That is why, for Christ’s sake,


I delight in weaknesses,


in insults,


in hardships,


in persecutions,


in difficulties.


For when I am weak,


then I am strong.”


Don’t feel shame for something that honors God…


No matter how weak or foolish it makes you look…


In the eyes of unbelievers.


That would be misplaced shame!


Because the power of Christ…


Is perfected in our weaknesses!


1 Corinthians 15:34


“Come back to your senses as you ought,


and stop sinning;


for there are some who are ignorant of God—


I say this to your shame.”


 Only having shame for what dishonors God:


Ignorance of God…


Sin against God…


False beliefs about God…


Equals well-placed shame!


Consider the difference between:

Not dishonoring God vs Dishonoring God


God-Centered vs Self-Centered

This will explains the difference between…


Misplaced, or well-placed, shame!


If you’re dishonoring God…


You’ll feel shame…


No matter how strong,


Or wise,


Or right


You are in the eyes of men!


Sin is always a proper cause for shame…


Sin is behavior that dishonors God.



Get rid of the unbelief that feeds shame…


Through belief in God’s Word…


And faith in the promises of God!


Read more at:


Romans 9:33


“As it is written:


‘See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble


and a rock that makes them fall,


and the one who trusts in Him


will never be put to shame.'”



Our traditions, rules, and regulations…


Are not equal to God’s laws.


We can’t base our moral judgments of others…


On opinions and personal dislikes…


Only on the Word of God!


Our relationship with Christ and His Word


Regulates our convictions!


Romans 14:23


“…everything that does not come from faith is sin.”

Let faith…

And your conscience convict you…

And tell you what to do in these matters.

Romans 14:12-13

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.

Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle

in the way of a brother or sister.”

But how do we decide if something is sin when the Bible is not clear?

According to:


“The Bible presents general guidelines to help us judge sin when we are uncertain.


Romans 14 is a great place to start.


Usually when we’re in doubt over sin,

our first tendency is to ask

if something is bad or wrong.

I’d like to suggest thinking in the opposite direction.

Instead, when you’re trying to determine if something is sin,

ask yourself these questions based on Scripture:

  1. Is this a good thing for me and others? Is this beneficial? Will it draw me closer to God? Will it strengthen my faith and my witness? (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
  2. The next great question to ask is, will this glorify God? Will God bless this thing and use it for his purposes? Will this be pleasing and honoring to God? (1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
  3. You can also ask, how will this thing affect my family and friends? Although we may have freedom in Christ in an area, we are never to let our freedom cause a weaker brother to stumble. (Romans 14:21; Romans 15:1) In addition, since the Bible teaches us to submit to those in authority over us (parents, a spouse, a teacher), we can ask, do my parents have a problem with this thing? Am I willing to submit this to those in leadership over me?
  4. Finally, in all things, we are to let our conscience before God convict us of what is right and wrong on matters that are not clear in the Bible. We can ask, do I have freedom in Christ and a clear conscience before the Lord to do whatever is in question? Are my own desire’s submitted to the Lord’s will? (Colossians 3:17; Romans 14:23″

 Something may be a shame, but not a sin!!

Don’t judge!

And don’t cast that condemning look!!



 Feel Depressed???


Got Shackles???




Praise the Lord!!


Be Free!!


Put on This Song…


And Dance!!




It sure is hot out here…

Ya know?

I don’t mind though…

Just glad to be free!

Know what I’m saying?



Take the shackles off my feet, so I can dance…

I just wanna praise You!

(What’cha wanna do?)

I just wanna praise You!

(Yeah, yeah)


You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands…

(Uh, feel me?)

And I’m gonna praise You!

(What’cha gon do?)

I’m gonna praise You!


In the corners of my mind…

I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe…

That I can break free…

‘Cause you see I have been down for so long…


Feel like the hope is gone…

But as I lift my hands, I understand..

That I should praise You through my circumstance!!


Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!

I just wanna praise You!

I just wanna praise You!


You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands!

And I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!


Everything that could go wrong…

All went wrong at one time…

So much pressure fell on me…

I thought I was gonna lose my mind!!


But I know you wanna see…

If I will hold on through these trials…

But I need you to lift this load…

‘Cause I can’t take it no more!!


Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!

I just wanna praise You!

I just wanna praise You!


You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands!

And I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!


Been through the fire and the rain…

Bound in every kind of way…

But God has broken every chain…

So let me go right now!!


Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!

I just wanna praise You!

I just wanna praise You!


You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands!

And I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!


I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!


Take them off!!

What’cha gonna do?



Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance!

I just wanna praise You!

I just wanna praise You!


You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands!

And I’m gonna praise You!

I’m gonna praise You!



Go Ahead…


Get Rid of the Shackles..


Praise Him!


Feel His Joy!


And Dance!!