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Happy 4th Of July !!!!!!

God Bless America by Irving Berlin

While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.

Bar-B-Ques, Parades, Fireworks, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, Family and Friends and hopefully no rain! Oh, lets not forget the music! Concerts and patriotic songs playing everywhere. Once a year we all stand up and beat a drum (and our chest) in celebration of our country and our history and our freedom. Freedom from the tyranny of an oppressive foreign king. Freedom from free and freedom to live the life you want.

Norman Rockwell immortalized FDR’s* 4 freedoms in oil paintings back in 1943. They are just as touching and true today. You can see them here.

While you are enjoying the freedom our forefathers authored and so many have protected with their lives keep in mind the freedom that was purchased for you over 2000 years ago. Freedom from the bondage of sin and freedom from the death sentence sin brings with it.

Like our forefathers, God had a dream of seeing His people live lives free from sin. Like those who fought so hard to keep America free, Jesus gave His all to make it possible for everyone to be free from sin and death. All you need do is trust Him at His word and turn to Him. He will do the rest.The blood Jesus shed on the cross will wash away even the darkest sin and make you white as snow.

Consider enjoying Independence Day in a whole you way

Give your heart to Jesus and be truly free.

 Freedom of Speech TSNY

Blessed is the Nation whose God is The Lord  Ps. 33:12 KJV

* FDR proposed 4 Freedoms, that everyone in the world should have, in his state of the union speech in 1941.

Cartoon Character

You know that cartoon where the villain, while chasing the hero, runs off of a cliff and continues to run until he realizes that there isn’t any ground under him and only then does gravity take over and he falls like a rock! Beep Beep!

Well, that was me today!

I was driving home from a long days work in the first real Summer heat to hit us when I looked down to see that my vehicles inspection expired – 3 months ago! Where was I? What was I thinking? Haven’t I been in this van everyday for the past ten years? Obviously, I wasn’t thinking about the vans inspection. So, now, 15 miles away from home, I am certain that I am going to get pulled over and ticketed for not maintaining my van. I was whistling along happy and dumb for 3 months but NOW I am feeling guilty, worried and not just a little bit foolish. I got home safely and will be the first in line at my mechanic tomorrow morning but it reminded me of what Paul said about blissful ignorance.

For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. Romans 7:9 NKJV

Or, if I may paraphrase, ignorance is bliss! For months I drove around content, without a care or a worry in the world. Once I knew that I was out of order, I cringed at every turn because I knew I deserved to pay the price for breaking the law.

Collecting Dust

If only I could be so “self-aware” everyday. Humbled by the fact that without Jesus and His shed blood I should be cringing in fear of the judgment that awaits me for those things that I have both knowingly and unknowingly done.

Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord!

Your Grace is sufficient for me!

and for all of you too….

be Blessed