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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Independence Day

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."  Psalm 33:12 (NIV)

In a few days, Americans all around the country will be celebrating Independence Day.  For most of us there will be neighborhood parades, back yard barbecues, and picnics with family and friends.  
This time of celebration also brings forth great patriotism in our country and reminds us how truly blessed we are as a nation.  Even with our economic problems and disagreements on how to solve these issues, we are still a great nation made up of many hardworking and decent people. May we never forget that the freedom we enjoy today has been paid for over the years by men and women who have fought to keep our country free.  We owe such a debt of gratitude to these brave men and women.
The words to the song that I have posted below speak of liberation for the citizen as well as liberation for the soul.  America has always been a beacon of hope for those wanting to have a better life.  The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of that hope.  In the Bible, Jesus speaks these words in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Therefore, as the Statue of Liberty liberates the citizen, all who choose to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, following Him at all cost, will gain a soul that is liberated.  Because of the Cross we are set free to live a life of faith and trust in someone and something much bigger than ourselves.  Because we have been liberated by the Cross, we are assured of an eternal home that is waiting for us when we leave this world.
On this July 4th, please take a moment to thank God for His blessings upon this country and ask that He continue to "stand beside us and guide us, through the night with the light from above." (Words from the song, "God Bless America.")
May God bless America, may America bless God, and may we not forget Him on this Independence Day.

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