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Friday, May 22 2015
Celebrate Freedom


Memorial Day is such a special day in the lives of Americans!    I choose to celebrate our Freedom each day of the year and not just on this one single day, but Monday is the official celebration in the USA.   So enjoy the holiday on Monday - and be thankful for AMERICA.

John 8:36 New Living Translation (NLT)

36  "So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free."

As Memorial Day approaches each year, I think of my Uncle who gave his life in WW II in the Coral Sea Battle.    I think of the literal thousands who have died to provide America it's freedom.

I recall my Navy days as we  circumnavigated South America on a 1968 goodwill cruise, sharing America's bounty with others.

Then in 1970,  I  served aboard the U.S.S. Josephus Daniels off the coast of Vietnam, and thank God that our crew was kept safe by our Creator, as we served our country in an attempt to provide freedom for others.

Today I'm thankful for all who served in our military, and also for their families, who served with them by supporting them and being here for them when they returned.

And a "Special Thanks" to those who are serving in our military during this time when so little honor and respect is given for their sacrifices.  Let's let them know we appreciate them every chance we get.    A firm handshake, a hug, a smile - let our Vets know you appreciate them this weekend!

As Christians, the SON has set us free!  As Americans we are free by God's grace and the sacrifice of many who have served.  

Freedom is NOT free.    Jesus and our Veterans paid the price for our freedom.  Thanks to all who served, and thank You Jesus for salvation, healing and protection provided by Your sacrifice on Calvary!

GOD BLESS AMERICA and bring revival again to our thirsty land.

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illum AT 12:31 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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