Happy Fourth!

This is my memory of July Fourths of the past...

{circa 1985 or so...}

Every July 4th, we would start the day going fishing with Dad and usually cousin Jay.  We'd bring back our catches and then spend the rest of the day with family and friends in the hot, hot summer sun... eating barbecue and homegrown tomatoes, playing horseshoes, and always finishing it off with late-afternoon homemade ice cream and nighttime fireworks.  Always.  Those are good memories.

The below quote was in the bulletin at church this past Sunday, and it's a good one.  We're always faced with the reality of this broken world, but man, do we have Goodness to look forward to now and forever! 

"I thank God for our country -- broken as she is, and for the liberties and privileges we enjoy as citizens of the United States.  But the freedom for which I'm most grateful, as I think of the Fourth, is the consummate freedoms we enjoy as citizens of heaven -- grace-made members of God's chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, set aside that we may declare his praises for calling us out of darkness into his wonderful light.  There's no freedom like the freedoms we have in the gospel."

:: Scotty Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community

H A P P Y   I N D E P E N D E N C E   D A Y !

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