Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

Hello Friends,

Can you believe that tomorrow is the 4th of July? Do you have any plans? Are you going to go watch fireworks? Are you going to stay home and shoot off your own fireworks? Are you spending time with family, friends, or your neighbors? What are you doing for the 4th of July? Being that this is my second 4th of July here in Oblong (and since I am not unpacking any boxes), I am going to try to go watch some fireworks!

But did you know that the 4th of July is more than just a day to go see or shoot off fireworks? The 4th of July is actually a day to celebrate our independence, our freedom and liberty. We pause on this day to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave; so that you and I can experience freedom. Jesus was the first one who gave his life for us. Jesus, on the cross, gave us freedom. We call Jesus’ gift of freedom our salvation. The Bible tells us on several occasions that we are set free:

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Romans 6:7 “For one who has died has been set free from sin.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

So on this 4th of July, remember that Jesus has set you free: he has set you free to be who you want to be. On our Nation’s 246th Birthday, take time to give thanks to God and all those who sacrifice so much for you. Because of them, you are free! As Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Thank God we are free at last!” We are free because we have Jesus in our life! Happy 4th of July!

Your Friend, Holy Spirit!

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