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True Freedom via Days of Praise

“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16)

We who live in what the song writer called the “sweet land of liberty” have a great responsibility to preserve that freedom which our forefathers obtained for us at great cost over two centuries ago. At the same time, we must not turn liberty into license. It would surely hurt those brave and godly men if they could see how we now use “freedom of choice” to justify murdering multitudes of innocent children before they are born, and how we use “freedom of speech” to warrant fouling the eyes and ears of our children with widespread pornography and to promote all kinds of immoral behavior in our society in general. No nation can remain free very long after such practices become widely accepted by its citizens. We need to pray for revival!

The same warning applies to the abuse of our spiritual freedom in Christ. As the apostle Paul said and repeated: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient”(1 Corinthians 6:12; also 1 Corinthians10:23,where he added that “all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not”).

As Peter says in our text, even though we are “free” and have real “liberty,” we are nevertheless “servants of God,” where the Greek worddoulos actually connotes “bond servants,” or even “slaves.” Our liberty in Christ is not freedom to sin whenever we so choose, but rather freedom from our former bondage to sin. “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18).

Although our nation is rapidly becoming anti-Christian in belief and practice, we Christians can still best serve our nation and our Savior by practicing and proclaiming Christ’s wonderful saving gospel of free salvation from sin and regeneration unto righteousness. HMM

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John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minis...

John Newton, slave trader, abolitionist, minister, and author of the hymn “Amazing Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This on John Newton’s headstone – “John Newton, clerk, once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he hand
so long labored to destroy.” He lived 1725 – 1807. At age 82 he
stated, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am agreat sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior!” AMAZING GRACE, oneof the greatest hymns of all times, which was penned by Reverend John Newton, has been used by the Holy Spirit down through the centuries to
convict the hearts of sinners, and as a song of praise for those whohave found forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

John and Mary Newton's grave

John and Mary Newton’s grave (Photo credit: jackharrybill)

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My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

No more shall tyrants here
With haughty steps appear,
And soldier bands;
No more shall tyrants tread
Above the patriot dead—
No more our blood be shed
By alien hands.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our king.

-MY COUNTRY, ’TIS OF THEE

Words: Sam­u­el F. Smith, 1831. The hymn was first sung at an
In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion by the Bos­ton Sab­bath School
Un­ion, Ju­ly 4, 1831, and first pub­lished in Choir, or Un­ion
Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, by Low­ell Ma­son (Bos­ton,
Mass­a­chu­setts: 1832).

 

English: Grave of Samuel Francis Smith, author...

English: Grave of Samuel Francis Smith, author of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxxcTvtURP4

What an amazingly beautiful, scriptural song. Michael Cards song writing clearly reflects the depth of his walk with our Blessed Lord. I am always so blessed by his words – in song and sermon. Music is truly inspirational and minister’s to the weary soul.

 

 

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Crwn Thy Frnicatr

Crwn Thy Frnicatr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THE PATRIOT’S PRAYER

God of the brave that sought

Thy aid, And in Thy robe of strength arrayed,

They won for us beneath Thy care,

The flag we prize, the peace we share,

O Lord, defend our nation yet,

Nor let our hearts Thy name forget;

O Lord, defend our nation yet,

Nor let our hearts Thy name forget.

 

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Ju­bi­lant Voic­es for Sun­day Schools and

De­vo­tion­al Meet­ings, by How­ard Doane et al. (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois:

Hope Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1905), num­ber 34. Music: W. How­ard Doane

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