We celebrated the birth of our nation this week. It is important to celebrate July 4th to remind us of the cost of our freedoms. This is a good time for us to thank God for our blessings. We need to be thankful for all that is good about America.
God has certainly blessed the land that we call home. We can celebrate the freedom enjoyed by every American. While men and women gave their lives to ensure us of this freedom, we must never take them for granted. We have freedoms not known in many parts of the world.
What a great VBS! We enrolled 195 with an average attendance of 153. The church provided a free meal each night for those who attended. The meals were delicious. The youth and children all received free school supplies at the end of each night VBS.
We learned how humankind was divided into different groups of people having their own language and culture. The most important lesson was the gospel. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The students learned how Jesus Christ came to save every person who will repent and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
I especially want to thank all the teachers and workers who served during VBS. They taught their lessons and loved our guests. I am privileged and blessed to pastor such a wonderful group of believers.
The real thanks and praise goes to the Lord. He is the one who blessed our school.
If you would like to know more about our church, please call me at 540-365-2427. I would be glad to share the gospel with you.
In His grace, Pastor Billy Shively
CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOM
Biblical principles have guided our nation. Those principles are written in our history. They are declared in our monuments. Our biblical principles have separated America from other countries around the world.
We have the responsibility to defend our freedom the Founders of our nation made possible for us. We must defend our freedom not only from the enemies from without but also from the enemies of freedom from within. Because of freedom is being attacked today, Christians should be concerned about our religious freedom.
We need to ease our minds and think of all the things we have to enjoy in America. Exercising our rights will cause us to appreciate those freedoms and be more willing to defend them regardless of the cost.