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Five Fragile Freedoms!

Over the last several weeks I have been preaching about God rescuing the Hebrew people from cruel and bitter bondage. This has been an interesting series. The experience of Moses, Aaron, and the Hebrews crying out to God for help is something to which all of us can relate. We will finish the Exodus series on Sunday, July 7. The final sermon will cover both Passover and the crossing of the Sea of Reeds.

On July 14 a new Sermon Series will begin, entitled “America’s Gifts to the World: Five Fragile Freedoms.” The Bill of Rights consists of ten amendments that were adopted following the writing of the United States Constitution. The first amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” From this First Amendment, I plan to preach the following sermons:

     July 14: “America’s Gift to the World: A Free Church in a Free State”
     July 21: “America’s Gift to the World: Freedom to Worship and Serve God as We Wish”
     July 28: “America’s Gift to the World: Freedom of Speech, of the Press, and of Peaceable Assembly.”

While these are gifts that the new country of the United States of America gave to the world, it is important for us to realize that these gifts are fragile, that they depend upon the collective goodwill of the American people and the politicians who lead us. Politicians and others have not always been friends of the First Amendment. In times of war, parts of this amendment have been ignored. In times of political stress and unrest, parts of this amendment have for all practical purposes been eliminated. Yet, in every case where the First Amendment has been ignored, or mis-applied, the American people have suffered.

In celebration of the Fourth of July and to support the sermon series, the Sanctuary will be adorned with flags of the American Revolution throughout the month. The basis of each of the “Five Fragile Freedoms” is found in Holy Scripture. It should be an interesting sermon series. During the months of August through November, I plan to preach on the themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. Each theme will have its own month.

Please pray for me as I prepare and deliver these sermons. Prayer always helps!

~Pastor Jeff Lowe