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From The Pastor's Desk: July 2018

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 1:20 PM
Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31b-32) On July 4, America will celebrate its political freedom from England. This is the date in 1776 when our political forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring the 13 colonies free from the King's authority. The boldness and sacrifice of those early leaders, and subsequent actions, led to the many civil freedoms we enjoy today. For these we thank God. Far more significant than political and civil freedom is the spiritual freedom procured for us by Jesus Christ. Speaking of Christ, John says, "to Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father -- to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6). Jesus freed us from sin so that we can live a positive, God-honoring life. We are no longer slaves to Satan. We are free to serve God. Peter reminds us "not to use that freedom as a cover-up for evil"? (1 Peter 2:16b). With freedom comes responsibility. Paul tells us that we should not use our freedom as a "stumbling block" to weaker Christians. We may feel free to do something, but if it offends someone else's conscience we should refrain. Laws and rules are generally made as a barrier to someone's bad behavior. Undisciplined people need boundaries. Christians really shouldn't need a lot of rules. Jesus condensed the whole law of Moses into two positive commands. First, "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Second, "love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37,39). That's it! That's all! Get this truth into your mind and lifestyle. Experience the freedom Jesus has for all His children. Celebrate freedom! Pastor Jim

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