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Freedom in Christ

As we celebrate our nation's 247th anniversary, which began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is our birth certificate, and the principles therein were placed into the Constitution of the United States. The Declaration was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, and was announced to the thirteen American colonies, who were then at war with Great Britain. Here are the first words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; and they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." As we celebrate our freedoms as Americans around this Independence Day, may we also celebrate the many eternal freedoms we have through Jesus and cling to the truth of his word. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” The freedom Paul had in mind was freedom from the consequences and power of sin based on Christ's perfect sacrifice on the cross. Anyone who trusts in Christ for salvation is made right with God. Only Christians then have true freedom. John said, "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!" Press on! Pastor Brian Richard


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