Happy 4th Everyone!

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Where did the first half of 2017 go? I seriously ask myself that question a lot these days and, not to mention, we’re already celebrating our nation’s independence? Well, it’s been very busy in this side of town with our Youth Summer Camp called ‘Compassion Commission’. Youth from several states are here and have come together to serve in Baltimore city and work on a house that will be given away at the end of the week to a veteran. Isn’t that an awesome way to celebrate this week that America is also celebrating their freedom?

I’m sure for some of you it requires fireworks, parades, hotdogs, ice cream, making strawberry and blueberry shortcake, with an addition of the pool to cool down in this hot weather! Some of you might even want to stay indoors and watch a lot of patriotic movies or listen to some patriotic music that makes you happy like Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen, All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood, or American Saturday Night by Brad Paisley and I can go down the list 🙂

Let’s be clear that the Declaration of Independence is a pivotal document that earmarks an amazing thing that happened in America. Let me also highlight some facts about this day in case you didn’t know. In 1776, the amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary; 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people; 1895, the poem America the Beautiful is first published; 1960 the 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia,…

This is indeed a great nation and I also wanted to bring a spiritual component in today. If we are in Christ, joined to Him by faith our pledge of allegiance, whatever our nation of origin or naturalization, is in Jesus. For the Christian, our citizenship in any nation aims to be “worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27), not merely worthy of only that political state. At the end of the day, we are sons of God, not sons of Uncle Sam, yet still make sure you pay your taxes! Jesus said it great when He said give to Caesar what’s due Caesar and give to God what’s due to God. Let your annual submission to the IRS be a friendly reminder that our fundamental identity is in God, not only your country.

Enjoy your day, and God bless America and God bless each of you! #adakuinspires

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