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Breaking Free from Me

Only 14.3 acres big, it is a small kingdom unto itself.  Located in three separate areas in the United States, you can leave the U.S. and enter the Republic of Molossia.  It  is considered to be a micro-nation...a "nation within" our nation, (check it out http://www.molossia.org.)

It has its own flag, signs, tourists attractions and boundary markers.  Kevin Baugh is the president, over his own little kingdom. You can visit anytime you like. But here is the kicker, you can't move there.  He says there is not enough room. Kevin affectionately calls his nation "The Kingdom of Me."

Don't laugh at him too quickly. We may not have gone to the same extremes as Kevin Baugh, but we mostly live our lives as if we are rulers of our own kingdoms.  What a surprise it is when we discover that we are living in a kingdom but it is not ours.  

That's the message we looked at Sunday.  It is the message of Jesus.  He came saying, "The time has come. The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News." - Mark 1:15.  Literally Jesus says the Kingdom is "at hand." It is that close. All around us. Within reach.

Jesus likens His Kingdom not as a nation with armies and weapons but as a farmer who comes with seed and the seed falls on soil. (Mark 4:3-9). Finding His kingdom is like finding a treasure in a field (Matthew 13:44). And His Kingdom is worry-free (Matthew 6:25-34). Best of all, this Kingdom has a king who is in control (Mark 4:35-39).

Jesus said "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me..." (28:18). Kings say things like that.  Unlike Molossia, if you want to enter and live in this kingdom, there is room for everyone.  That's not the problem.  There is plenty room in this kingdom for everyone.

But you need to remember and know that there is only room enough on the throne of this kingdom for one King. King Jesus.  

Looking forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

Pastor Tim Asbill Jr.
Lead Pastor