Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

Declaration of Independence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…" Declaration of Independence
Today is the 4th of July, a day I ALWAYS take off as a Sabbath Day. For me it is a day to rest and intentionally remember and honor our nation’s beginnings.  Every year on this day I seek to renew my faith in what I believe to be America’s Godly heritage. I usually watch the movie musical “1776”.  Sometimes I tune into Trinity Broadcasting Systems who often will air a David Barton documentary like “ A Spiritual Heritage Tour of the United States Capitol  which highlights the spiritual significance of the buildings, statues and artwork.  (See for more of this). This year I plan on watching the 6 hour DVD of HBO Miniseries “John Adams” that my son Devin bought me. 
Thinking about the person of John Adams I find it amazing that on the very day they approved the Declaration of Independence, Adams was already foreseeing that their actions would be celebrated by future generations. Adams contemplated whether it would be proper to hold such celebrations, but then concluded that the day should be commemorated – but in a particular manner and with a specific spirit. As he wrote to his wife Abigail:
 “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
John Adams believed that the 4th of July should become a religious holiday – a day when we remembered God's hand in deliverance and a day of religious activities when we committed ourselves to Him.
America truly has a Godly heritage and as Lee Greenwood sings, “I gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God Bless the U.S.A.”
Proud to be an American and your pastor and partner in ministry,
EMCA Golf Tourney
It’s not too late to sign up to play in the 12th Annual Ellis County Ministerial Alliance’s “Swingin’ for Support” Golf Tourney next Friday July 10th at 5pm at the Ellis Golf Club.
Carts, supper and prizes are all included in the $50 fee with all of the proceeds going to E.C.M.A ‘s  2nd mile fund which benefits local residents through First Call for Help.
Want to play and help C3 regain the traveling trophy for having the most golfers among churches? Call First Call for Help at 623-2800 or Email  

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