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Pastor: Rev. Ken Forbes

One time before a 4th of July weekend, I felt like a salmon swimming upstream as I pushed my cart through the aisles of Walmart. My plans to dash in to pick up some toiletries and a few groceries faded. I had forgotten about the usual rush before a national holiday. About an hour later, when I finally reached the checkout line I asked the woman behind me if she was buying things for the 4th of July. She pointed down to her cart. “Yes, but I only came to buy 3 packs of hot dogs and some soda.” We both talked about the long lines, but as we casually talked we came to an agreement that the 4th of July wasn’t about the food or fireworks; it was about our freedom in this country. On the Fourth of July, we do celebrate freedom in this country, but our freedom was earned. It was paid for by those who fought for the independence as a nation and for the right to worship God as we wanted. In addition, freedom is not necessarily permanent. Throughout history, women and men have sacrificed a lot to keep freedom alive. Wars and fighting in conflicts continue, because people crave freedom from oppression and injustice. The apostle Paul says in Ephesian 1:7 these powerful words: “Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people – free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free either. Abundantly free!!” The freedom that Jesus Christ gives us was not free either. Paid for by His own blood and death by crucifixion, this spiritual freedom is universal and available to all people. We can’t earn it, we can only receive it by FAITH. One life – His - was enough to set us free. Unlike earthly independence, our spiritual liberty lasts forever. Now that my friends, is truly a reason to celebrate! So take time to thank Jesus for our nation’s freedom – and for your spiritual freedom.                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                       With Love,

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