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Freedom


By Kelli G. Albright, POST Editor


Freedom to live. The right to life. That's what the Central Coast Right to Life booth at the New Lincoln County Fair was all about when Scott and I were doing a shift in July. A passer-by made sure I noticed their thumbs-down gesture. Another person put her hand up, shielding her face. I was able to personalize some of my interactions with those who decided to stop at the booth. A baby doll on display weighed 4 lbs. I pointed out that our youngest, almost 34, weighed only 9 oz. over that, being premature. The big question posed at the booth was: "Should abortion be legal for up to 9 months?". It is already law in Oregon.


At a recital in the valley recently, preschool girls with stage make-up and glittery costumes, and feather boas did numerous hip-hop routines with suggestive moves and coy looks. I was not amused. It reminded me of JonBenet Ramsey, who was murdered in 1996. As I write this, I wonder about any so-called "talent scouts" in the audience. Something like that takes place in the "Sounds of Freedom" movie. Jim Caviezel says to a nabbed pedophile: "Children aren't for sale". Very young kids are groomed to be trafficked, sometimes never to be seen by their parents again. A boy's shirt unbuttoned by the person behind the camera before it's clicked; a dress tugged down at the shoulder, a flirty pout; you get my drift.


Meditate on this Scripture for a moment: "What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (Isaiah 5:20, NLT).


Scott and I had the pleasure of meeting Betty and Tony Campbell through Winds of Praise. Tony is the director of Celebrate Recovery for the state of Oregon. Betty has shared her testimony in "My Journey in His Hands" (Legacy Layne Publishers). She was traumatized with losses as a child, then abusive relationships, and a time as an "independent entertainer". God pulled her out of her downward spiral and saw her through more loss. She now is the founder and executive director of XPose Hope, a non-profit based in Hillsboro, which ministers to trafficked persons and those in adult entertainment.


Winds of Praise's live prayer show co-host, Coleen McNeill, has been on a conference tour of sorts in the U.S.; meeting and hearing well-known speakers, musicians, ministers, and government officials. One of her acquaintances wrote a view about the current spiritual climate for the feature article.


Scott muses about a tuning fork, and about himself wanting to be used by God.


Columnist Tylan Geer is also a poet; don't you know it? In a rap-style form, he writes about having a relationship with Jesus.


Wanda Hesse looks at earthly struggles and finds comfort and wisdom in Hannah Hurnard's book, Hinds Feet in High Places.


Jasper is back taking a turn as our canine columnist, and takes a look at how the Albright vegetable patch is faring.


John Hubble addresses the Christian's walk, that sometimes veers off the path that God has for us.


Terri Brummel examines what a real, intentional "Quiet Time" can be.


Amy Schones shares a poem from a golfer friend of her husband's. (The POST is proud to announce that Amy was a finalist in a writing contest sponsored by Oregon Christian Writers, awarded in July).


In this issue, Pastor Angel Torres writes about working for, and serving God; the opposite of abuse, exploitation, and deplorable conditions for our fellow man.


As we all enter into a more routine calendar of school schedules, work, and the like with summer winding down, let's take a good look at what we can do to improve and take back what the enemy of our souls has stolen.

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