On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key waited in the predawn darkness for the sight that would end his fears.  The enemy had been shelling Fort McHenry all night. For a time, the outcome of the battle was uncertain. As the attack ended and daylight broke, there came the sight that inspired the song … “The flag was still there!!”  

Each year on July 4th we celebrate our nation’s birth and our freedom as Americans.  We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our founding fathers risked everything for the ideals and principles that we embrace as a people.  The parades, picnics, and fireworks serve as a reminder to us that our lives are linked to others who have gone before us.

Hebrews 13:7 reads, “Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

One famous American said, “To retreat from any of the principles handed down by our forefathers, who shed their blood for the ideals we embrace, would be a complete victory for those who would destroy liberty and justice.” (Walt Disney)

The American flag still stands for freedom; freedom that we should treasure because it has come at great cost.  More importantly, the Word of God that was spoken to us is eternal and reminds us Jesus Christ loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5).   How much more should we treasure the Son of God Who says to all who will hear,

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever.” (Revelation 1:18)

The empty tomb is our reminder of the outcome of the battle that ended on Calvary’s mountain.  “He is not here; He has risen.” (Luke 24:6)

Celebrate our nation’s heritage.  Treasure your freedom. Above all, treasure our crucified and risen Savior, and the true freedom that knowing Jesus Christ brings.  

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Pastor Bob McHenry

Pastor Bob McHenry

Lead Pastor

Pastor Bob is a dedicated pastor with a passion to share the love of God with neighbors and around the world. The verse that has guided and shaped his call to ministry is Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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