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Note from ~ Pastor Jon Anderson

 Leviticus 25:10b-... “you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants"...

Galations 5:1- "For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." 

We begin this month with the annual celebration of Independence Day.  At my pastor's cluster meeting this morning, I learned that people in Kansas are the second largest purchasers of fireworks in the United States.  We truly enjoy our Fourth of July celebrations, and the fireworks add joy and color to the day.  But we must not forget the significance of this day, particularly for Christians.  I am very grateful to live in a country where I don't have to worry about my church being raided by the government.  I am grateful that we are all free to worship as we wish, where we wish.  Freedom is a value that I think all of us can support and appreciate, regardless of our politics.  I would encourage us, however, as we celebrate the freedom we have as citizens of the United States, that we also take time to celebrate the freedom we have as citizens of the Kingdom of God.  Each time we sin, we give ourselves back into bondage for a while, but when we gather for worship, God declares, once more, that we are forgiven and free-free to start over-free to love and to serve God and our neighbors.  The freedom we have in Christ is not just the freedom to do what we want, but the freedom to serve God and our neighbors from the heart, not in order to gain favor with God, but rather simply and entirely for the sake of our neighbor in need.  Ephesians 2:8-10 makes it clear that we are indeed saved by grace, not by works; but it also makes it clear that we are not saved merely so that we can have a guaranteed seat in heaven.  Yes, that's an important part of it, but we are also saved so that we can join in God's work of helping and healing, and in Christ we have been made free to share in that important work.  This fourth of July, may God help us to celebrate both our freedom from bondage, and our freedom for service to God and to our neighbors, and may God's peace be with us.

~Pastor Jon

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