"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
(2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV)
"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
(Romans 8:21 KJV)
Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. Most Americans simply call it the "Fourth of July," on which date it always falls. The holiday recalls the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. At that time, the people of the 13 British colonies located along the eastern coast of what is now the United States were involved in a war over what they considered unjust treatment by the king and parliament in Britain. The war began in 1775. As the war continued, the colonists realized that they were fighting not just for better treatment; they were really fighting for freedom from England's rule. The Declaration of Independence, signed by leaders from the colonies, stated this clearly, and for the first time in an official document the colonies were referred to as the United States of America. This nation was to be founded on "freedoms." One was the freedom to worship God.
Our Awesome God knew that, like the Israelites in Hosea's time, we would have a choice to make about worshipping God or idols. Our idols are more sophisticated than the carved images of Hosea's Israel. Our government has already installed the religion of science in our public schools. Our people are abandoning God for the religions of wealth, entertainment and technology. We as Americans are no longer considered a Christian Nation but we have become a missionary field for Christians from nations that we once evangelized.
Our Awesome God blesses all people because they are all His creation, but the Christian, who has a special responsibility, gets a special blessing. Are you a Christian who believes in God and His precious Son whom He sent to earth to redeem you from your sins on a cruel cross and that same Jesus Christ arose from the grave after three days and now sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven? If so, you will soon, if not now, be needed by your nation as a representative of God.
On this holiday we celebrate freedom and remind others to be free Godly citizens. We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill