These days everyone is talking about immigration so I thought I’d sneak a peek at where the US stands in relation to the rest of the world. There are currently about 46 million immigrants living in the US making us #1 in immigrant residents. By contrast Russia (which is in 2nd place) has about 11 million immigrants in residence and India (which will soon be the most populace country in the world) comes in 12th place with about 5.3 million immigrants. The obvious question is “Why do so many more people want to move into rather than out of the United States?” The simple answer is; “They are looking for freedom!”
Freedom is a wonderful thing. For some it means getting something for nothing. For others it’s a license to do whatever they want. For many of us it means the opportunity to worship the way we want. But what does God have to say about freedom? Does God give us the green light to do and say whatever we want? Is freedom free? Join us this Sunday (7/1/18) as we look at these important questions. As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of our nation, we will take a look at liberty through the lens of God’s word. I will be sharing six things Jesus has to say about what freedom is… and isn’t.
It’s going to be a great Sunday and I can’t wait to roll up our sleeves, open up God’s Word and dive in! In case I haven’t said it recently – I love this church family and am so blessed to be part of this crazy crew. Keep rocking with The Rock and I’ll see you on Sunday.
Sure do love you,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
John 8:32-36 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Galatians 5:1-3 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 4:17-19 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Romans 8:1-3 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so He condemned sin in the flesh,
Isaiah 42:6-8 I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. “I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not yield My glory to another or My praise to idols.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 … Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let Your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.