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F-R-E-E-D-O-M!!!

On this Fourth of July, what is on your agenda?

On this Fourth of July, what is on your agenda?

Food, family, fellowship, and fireworks…For many people the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom. The great American picnic will be the main activity scheduled – with hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon and my favorite, homemade vanilla ice cream. After the picnic people, young and old, will celebrate our freedoms here in the United States of America with fireworks.

As we celebrate the freedom we have here in our country, let’s not forget to teach our children about the freedom God has for every girl and every boy who acknowledges and personally calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is their source of spiritual freedom that will last forever and He is the only One that can provide them with real hope, joy, and peace. Help them know His freedom today.

For He is…

Father:  Freedom is found when we have a relationship with our Heavenly                                       Father. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to                                   fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, ‘Abba,                                 Father.’” (Romans 8:15) 

Redeemer:  Freedom is embraced when we know Him as our Redeemer.                                             “Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all                               – how will he not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?                                         (Romans 8:32)

Everlasting Life:  Freedom is experienced when we believe in Him as our Savior. “But                                   now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit                                         leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life.” (Romans 6:22)

Emmanuel:  Freedom is engaged when we acknowledge His presence. “If we                                        live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore,                                      whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8)

Dominant Power:  Freedom is enjoyed when we receive His mighty power. “Oh, Lord                                      God; you did indeed make heaven and earth by your mighty power                                    and great strength. Nothing is too hard for you!” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Omnipotent:  Freedom is expressed when we cry out to Him the One who knows                                     everything. “I will be secure, for I seek your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)

Most High King:  Freedom is known when we follow the greatest king for He is King of                                  Kings and Lord of Lords. “No, in all these things we have complete                                    victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither                                      death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are                                      present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor                                    anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of                                  God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

God bless those who embrace His F-R-E-E-D-O-M today!

Happy Fourth of July!

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Lisa Goodyear

Lisa Goodyear holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education, with a focus in Children's Ministry, from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has over twenty-eight years of local children's ministry, as well as an extensive background in early childhood education and international ministry to children. Currently, she is serving with the family/children’s ministry in her local church in Shawnee, Kansas. Lisa's passion is to see children from every nation, tongue, and tribe trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and grow in their relationship with Him. She is married to Rolla and they have two grown children and three grandchildren and a little Yorkie, Romeo. Lisa lives in Olathe, Kansas.

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