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Real Freedom

Real freedom comes from experiencing the Spirit of God.

I would like to speak about the real freedom that comes from experiencing the Spirit of God. There is a real bondage that we can feel without His Spirit. This bondage can take many forms: the opinions of people, maybe it’s your position at work, or social media obsession. When those things become who you are rather than being a child of God, we become a “slave” to it.

When we receive the Spirit of the Lord, we’re free from having to prove ourselves to others. You are then free to be the person God created you to be.

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Friends, we have received the Spirit of grace through Christ who was crucified and resurrected. When we carry the hope of Heaven in our heart and let go of our tight grip, we have on ourselves—we receive true freedom in Christ!

Pastor Cletus


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Category: Living the Faith, Winter 2023

About the Author: Cletus L. Hull, III, M.Div. (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry), D.Min. (Fuller Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (Regent University), has served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 36 years and psychiatric chaplain for 34 years. He is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies in the Oral Roberts University College of Theology and Ministry. He has researched the growing Disciples of Christ churches in Puerto Rico and has an interest in the significance of the Stone-Campbell churches in American Christianity. His article, "My Church is a Mental Hospital" appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Healing Line. He is the author of The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ (Pickwick, 2018) and The Call: My Mission and Our Ministry at Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell, PA (Word Association, 2019). Twitter: @cletus_hull, Facebook,

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