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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.

Giving Thanks!

Is it Thanksgiving Day, Turkey Day or the just the day before Black Friday? The start of the hectic holiday season or a day to reflect on just how fortunate we are and give Thanks to He Who gives us our daily bread? I am sure it means something different to all of us according to our particular traditions and upbringing. Some families at Thanksgiving will go around the table expressing what they are grateful for before dinner. Some of us will have the TV set to the Parade or the game or maybe we use the day to begin playing holiday music. There may be that special dish served at dinner that isn’t seen any other time of year. Perhaps the special china is lovingly unpacked for the occasion. Perhaps the special part of the day is that the whole family is gathered together in one place.

Thanksgiving Day has always been special to me for so many reasons. It represents the start of the Christmas season – which is a magical time of year. The holiday season is a time to express our love and appreciation for those close to us and to also smile at strangers everywhere. Something we might otherwise not do if not for the festive spirit in the air. For me, it is a time to consider where I was and where I am and how I got here. I am thankful for the life I have. This doesn’t mean I have a Norman Rockwell picture perfect life. It means the opposite actually. I can turn around to look down the road I have traveled and see potholes, roadblocks and caution tape. I have been saved from a life of troubles by the Love of God and for that I am grateful.

An attitude of gratitude. The expression “give thanks” is noted so many times in scripture and is encouraged by prophets, kings, apostles and is exemplified by Jesus Himself. It was the ungrateful and hard hearts of the elders in the wilderness that cost them their entrance into the Promised Land. Ingratitude paints a dark picture over the memory of days gone by and diminishes any hope for the future. No matter what our past or current circumstances there is a light of hope and reason to be grateful. As long as we are alive we can have hope for tomorrow because He lives and loves us and wants to see us safe, healthy, loved and secure.  This Thanksgiving Day we encourage you all to be of good cheer, be thankful and be hopeful because He loves you. A&B

All creation

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11NIV
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18KJV