Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence

Happy 4th of July to all the American readers.

And especially to our troops who throughout our history have secured and defended our freedom. It's such a noble thing to put your life on the line for the benefit of others.

Of course, that's exactly what Jesus did. "No one shows greater love than when he lays down his life for his friends" (John 15:13, ISV). Jesus secures and defends our ultimate freedom. "He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy" (Psalm 68:6b, NLT).

Through Christ and the new covenant of grace, God gives us the utmost freedom - and then tells us repeatedly to manage it wisely. Be mature. Not selfish. Consider others, not just your own desires. Be willing to serve.

So thanks and blessings to all who have, and are, serving God and country.

Now, off to grill some chicken, corn and zucchini and enjoy a poolside potluck with family and friends. Have a good one!


  1. Happy 4th to you too! I am attempting to make my first homemade Fresh Peach Pie to go with the homemade ice cream I made this morning.

    I too, am grateful for all the men and women who have sacraficed for our freedom!

    Red, white and blue Blessings from Kentucky!

  2. Rachel, I'm glad I stopped by to wish you a happy Independence Day! I don't take our freedoms for granted and I'm so grateful for the men and women who serve in our military. But most importantly, I'm thankful for the freedom I have in Christ. No matter what's going on in the world, I know who I belong to ...and so I can have peace. Have a great day!

  3. Hope your holiday was as good as ours.

    I, too, am grateful to our armed forces for what they are doing and have done to give us the freedom we have.
    I had 1 uncle who was in 3 wars, and several others who also served in the armed forces. They are all gone now except one. He's in his 80's but God was good to him while he was in service.

    The freedom we have in Jesus is the greatest freedom of all and I'm so glad He was willing to die for us that we might have an eternal home. If only more people would realize that what a better world this would be.

  4. Rachel...

    Total unrelated question... I have not been receiving my P31 devos daily. Do you know why? Should I check out the P31 site for more help?


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