Storms

I came to visit my family in central Florida between summer and fall term in college.  While there we got the warning that hurricane Donna was headed our way.  It was crossing Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic and Deland was in its path.

I woke up in the middle of the night, looked out the window and saw the tops 50 foot trees touching the ground and the house was shaking!  I was frightened and worried.  But I knew God was with me in storms like the hurricane and in the storms of life.  When everything in your life is “topsy turvey” tell God what you need.

 
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your heart and mind as you live in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7)
 
 
Every Day is Independence Day
 
What do you normally think about on July 4th? Hot dogs or burgers on the grill?  Fireworks?  Baseball?  Maybe you will stop to consider that July 4th is a national holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.  The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies considered themselves a new nation and declared freedom from the British Empire.
 
As U.S. citizens celebrate this Independence Day, let’s remember that cost that has been paid to purchase freedom — not just for a nation, but for all people!
 
Consider this, for the Christian, Independence Day doesn’t come once a year. No, for Jesus’ followers, Independence Day comes every day for those who have accepted that Jesus Christ, God’s only son, died on the cross so that our sins are forgiven, wiped away, and we can stand blameless.  On the third day Jesus rose from the grave to confirm that death had been defeated.  Therefore each day we celebrate independence from sin, freedom from Satan, and freedom from the second death.
 
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
 
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15)
 
 
In Remembrance
 

Leading up to this Memorial Day we are reminded this holiday is not just about BBQs, picnics, a race, or a gathering of friends.  It is a time to honor and remember those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms we hold dear in the United States.

Every day, we can hold a memorial of the One who gave His life that we might have life eternal, that we might be FREE from the bondage of SIN.

Daily we should honor and remember that Jesus’ body was broken and blood shed on the cross for our Sins.  We also rejoice that He rose from the grave on the third day after His death to show he had power over the grave and death and lead the way for the resurrection of all the Saints.

The Apostle John’s Memorial Message:

But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of  His name. – John 20:31