Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the 4th and got to enjoy a myriad of vibrant and colorful explosions! It's a great time to remember our independence and freedom as a country. Rick preached a wonderful lesson about our independence as Christian's as well. Jesus came to this Earth and died for us that we might be freed from this world, from the sin which snares us, from the death which taunts us. At a time like this let us remember the beautiful spectacle of God's love, his creation, his grace, and his forgiveness. Let us take advantage of the truth of our Lord and to accept the calling he has set before us. Choose you this day whom you shall serve; self unto death, or God unto life. It is a choice we must all make (and do make; proclaimed by our actions and words everyday) even if we don't want to.