Welcome to ToBeFree!
My name is Jeff Fenske, and am writing from Anchorage, Alaska, where I moved to from the flatland of Minnesota in 1980.
For ten years, I’ve been sending out this info through an email list. A wonderful friend (who wants to remain anonymous) kept telling me I should start a blog, but I really didn’t know how. So for Christmas, without telling me until just before he handed me the reigns, he built this for me from my emails, and trained me how to maintain it. Now, I’m at the helm with him just looking over my shoulder, thousands of miles away.
This site, ToBeFree isn’t mainly about the freedom from a tyrannical government; though, this is an important issue that I seriously address. ToBeFree is ultimately about freedom to be free inside–deep within–resting–free from the oppression, even though the world around us may be in chaos. Which is kind of like the anti-revenge, 1972-75 Kung Fu series (now out on DVD), which had such a big impact in my life. No matter what Caine went through, he had peace inside.
“You have the weakness to defend your injury with killing. Have you not the strength to forgive?” – Caine
“…some men receive injury but return kindness.” – Master Po
Having been so influenced, still in a “Christian” high school, I decided to check out every religion until I found the one that could give me the power to walk in love no matter what.
I started by reading the Bible. And in Acts 16, I saw real life Caine’s in Paul and Silas. They had the power to love no matter what. Thus, I became free, dedicating my life to Christ.
But then I tried to find a ‘church’ that lined up with what I was reading. Has that been interesting! And I’ve actually seen some glimpses of the real thing, but there is always something that gets in the way….
Many say that ‘one’ can’t happen–Jesus heart-cry and call for us in John 17: that we may be ‘one’ with each other in Himself and the Father. ‘One’ is where there is fullness of joy as we abide in Him (John 15).
This is what Paul said should happen when all five types of the called-by-God-and-qualified (1 Tim. 3 & Tit. 1) church leaders do their job. This is supposed to be normal Christianity:
Eph. 4:11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, Christ; 16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love. [from the World English Bible (WEB), which I’ll use a lot because it’s a good translation and is royalty free]
Why isn’t this level of unity, fullness, even ‘perfection’ happening? Well, I believe this is the biggest matrix nut to crack, and it’s totally crackable. And we can do it, for I think this is mainly a doctrinal nut to crack, and it will take some serious spiritual warfare. For our warfare is against demonic forces, not people.
And I think we’re almost there, especially if we work together, in Christ to get ‘er done.
I appreciate all comments, suggestions––even criticisms. And if you’d like to write me directly, here is my address [alaska.com is now alaskan.com below]:
Thank you for hanging out at ToBeFree, and may we be ‘ONE!’
Jeff Fenske : )
Sequoia National Park, November 2005