For Americans, Independence Day is traditionally filled with community celebrations. Yet as Christians we celebrate another type of “Independence Day”…one that started when God freed the Israelites from captivity in Egypt and brought them into a new life with Him. This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance (Exodus 12:14, NIV). God’s people were finally free to worship, praise and serve the Lord as they had been created to do. So with each cascade of color that explodes on a hot, July night, think about how the Lord has rescued you from a life of sin and sadness. Celebrate your freedom faithfully this Fourth of July by worshiping the Lord and thanking Him for His gift of eternal freedom through His love.
Reflection by Rachel Gilmore
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From our June 30, 2013 Reflections Weekly Worship Bulletin Service.