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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

We can’t forget the extreme sacrifice and bravery our forefathers displayed for us in laying down their lives so that we–the United States of America–could be free from Great Britain and stand alone as our own nation. They gave us independence; they gave us freedom; they gave us liberty. At the greatest cost. Their own lives. Yet that freedom was freedom in a beautiful way. A freedom to live God-fearing lives, honoring our government, obeying the laws of the land, and creating a country we could be proud of. That freedom has restrictions.

In the same way, I’ve been reflecting on our freedom in Christ. Yes, Christ set us free, but it’s not free to live however we want. Galatians 5:13: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

No, it’s the most amazing, beautiful freedom. It’s to be a bondservant in Christ. Mark 8:33: “… Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

That, my friends, is true liberty.


PS: This is a powerful quote from CH Spurgeon: “We must know that our time is short, and that our life will soon come to an end, and yet we fail to know it practically, for we are not as earnest as dying men ought to be. In this the arch-enemy is not as foolish as we are, for he so well knows that his time is short that he remembers the fact and is motivated by it.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
John 8:36

Melanie and Baby Max Are Still Waiting

Things continue to be in the waiting mode. Baby Max will be 35 weeks tomorrow. Praise the Lord! This means if he can make it to the 35 week mark before being born, no automatic NICU stay. Wouldn’t it be amazing if he was a strong, healthy baby and could come home soon after his arrival?! We continue to trust and wait. We’re grateful for the nurses and doctor who are taking wonderful care of Melanie and Baby.

Last night, the girls went up to the hospital and enjoyed a visit and dinner with a family who came to visit. Abby and one of their girls were in the NICU at the same time together six years ago, and the families have been friends since. The little girl is wearing the pink shirt in the third picture (and next to Bethany).

Happy Independence Day!

I’m grateful for all those who have served and are serving our country. I’m grateful for our founding fathers who saw how important liberty is. And I’m grateful for the Lord Jesus Who saved my soul!

Serving Jesus,




Good morning, and happy 4th of July!
Good morning, and happy 4th of July!

“I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
Psalms 104:33