July Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

Freedom!

William Wallace made this final cry as he was killed in the movie Braveheart. Closer to home, countless soldiers have cried this same cry as they charged into battle and nearly certain death. The signers of our Declaration of Independence were crying out “Freedom!” as they boldly signed an act of high treason against the British crown. Many unknown and unsung men, women and children paid a high price to secure and defend that freedom.

This July 4, we celebrate our Independence Day. Let us take just a moment to reflect on some of the freedoms which God has blessed us with in this great nation (from the Bill of Rights)

  • right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
  • the right of the people to keep and bear Arms
  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures
  • the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury

As a result of these, and other stated rights, we also enjoy the freedom to:

  • birth and raise our children as God directs to the glory of God
  • educate our children as God directs to the glory of God
  • gather to worship as God directs to the glory of God
  • travel and see God’s creation of nature and culture
  • and many, many more.

With all the freedoms with which we have been blessed, we need to meditate on the warning and command given in 1 Peter 2:16, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil.”

We may fall into mistaking our freedom as a right to do whatever we please. We are to be free from sin to live for God.

May we remember our source and purpose of freedom as we celebrate this Independence day.

To that end, here are events in July, many of which are free… but just like our freedoms… everything free comes at a cost to someone. Let us enjoy with gratitude!

July Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

 

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Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

June Free Family Events (Cleveland, OH)

The spring rains have brought the green of life to northeast Ohio. The birds are chirping, squirrels are scampering and I saw my first Monarch butterfly a few days ago (and the mosquitoes seem to still be sleeping!). What a wonderful time to just get out for a walk, a run, a ride, or a sit and soak up the beauty and freshness of God’s creation!

The biggest event for this month… just grab your family and go outside, you can hardly go wrong. From a path or a nature center in the Metroparks, to a (now empty) school playground, to just playing catch in the yard, this is a great season to just get outside and enjoy life together.

For many it also means a summer vacation, or at least an extended weekend, which allows some time out of the day to day routine to think about purpose and direction. Are things heading in a meaningful direction? Are we seeking and walking with God? What are some changes to make, or some victories to celebrate? Life, like the spring, passes so fast. Let’s make the most of it!

To that end, here are some events to get out, reflect, and just invest time together!

June Events

Other events that are not specific to this month

Ongoing Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

 

Weekly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Monthly Recurring Events (Some may have different schedules this month. Call to confirm.)

Faith comes by HEARING

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

This past year our BSF study was going through the People of the Promised Land 1 (Joshua-Solomon). As part of that study, I was blessed with the opportunity to give the lecture on the book of Psalms.

Before preparing the lecture, I wanted to get the full picture of the Psalms by reading through them at least once and hopefully several times. It was at this time that I learned from my wife the wonderful blessing of LISTENING to God’s Word. Yes, I enjoy reading it, but LISTENING added a whole new element. Interestingly, this is the only way that many people through the years have learned God’s Word as books were not always as available as today. This became my go-to to listen to while driving, and helped to seize every moment for Christ.

When looking to listen I tried out a few audio Bibles. They were OK, but didn’t really draw me into the Word.

Then I found one that did! I felt like God’s Word came alive.

And as an added bonus the best one I found was free!!! That means that not only can I enjoy it, but I can easily point others to it as well.

It is at https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/.

The specific Bible that I listen to (now thoroughly enjoying Acts as we prepare for next year) can be found at:

https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/audio-bibles/download/eng/engesvn2da for the New Testament (ESV) and https://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/audio-bibles/download/eng/engesvo2da for the Old Testament (ESV). Or click here for either Google/Android or Apple/iPhone.

These particular recordings are dramatized with music and different voices reading the ESV translation. It is also available in a non-dramatized version, as well as just about every language in the world.

I pray that this may help your enjoyment of God’s Word come alive as much as it has for me.


As an added note, for the study of the Psalms, I had certain Psalms that I listened to (and continue to listen to fairly often) for each day of the month. This is in addition to listening to other areas in God’s Word that I am currently studying.

I consider a month to have 30 days, so listen to every 30th Psalm starting with that day’s date.

For example on the first of the month, I listen to Psalm 1, Psalm 31, Psalm 61, Psalm 91, Psalm 121 and Proverbs 1.

For the second of the month I listen to Psalm 2, Psalm 32, Psalm 62, Psalm 92, Psalm 122 and Proverbs 2.

Notice, just take the day of the month and keep adding 30 until you run out of Psalms.

For Psalm 119 (the longest chapter in the Bible), I sometimes listen to it as scheduled above, or I put it by itself on the 31st day of months with 31 days.

The way that I made this more convenient is that I made playlists on my phone. Everyday has a playlist with just the right Psalms & Proverb. Then, when it is that day, I can just play that playlist. It is ready to go every day, every month.

I download the playlists to the phone so that I can listen on the go without using my phone data.


This gift has been an amazing blessing to me, which is now enjoyed by our whole family as we play it at home. I pray that soaking in God’s Word will be a blessing to you as well, as the Holy Spirit makes the Word alive to you.