By Julie Phillips
We have so much going on at Centennial right now, we are truly blessed that God has seen fit to bless us through so many of our faithful church family! You all turn out when help is needed, just because the Lord is laying it on your hearts to do so! Vacation Bible School was a great success…High Attendance was 385! We had a great turnout, children were everywhere and the teachers and helpers were amazing! They taught the children and made it a fun environment to learn about Jesus! We want to thank all the workers who helped make this VBS a success! We also want to thank the parents for entrusting us with their children and we already look forward to next year!
Coming up this weekend, we have the Annual Starlight Spectacular 2013! You don’t want to miss it! We’d love to have the community join us for this FREE event! This year it will be on June 30, starting at 7 p.m. There will be Live Music, Hotdogs & Drinks, Popcorn, Peanuts, SnoCones, Inflatable’s for the Kids and much more Family Fun! Then there will be a professional fireworks display at dark. So we invite you all to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, tailgates and of course your family, to enjoy a great family night out! Centennial Baptist Church is located at 5321 Brownwood Road, Rutledge, GA 30663…or call 706-557-2120 if you have further questions.
As we think about July 4th, Independence Day, what comes to your mind? Fireworks? Picnics? Parades? The Beach? Watermelon? Are these all things that represent Independence Day to you…well of course we think of these things, it is tradition that we do these things, right? But for others, this day represents something more, as it should to us all.
What is Independence Day in the United States? (aka Fourth of July, 4th of July, July 4th). In the year 1776, on July 4th, Thomas Jefferson’s version of the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, which consisted of delegates from all 13 colonies. The United States of America was seeking independence from Great Britain. The Revolutionary War would continue to be fought until 1783.
When is Independence Day? American Independence Day is celebrated annually on the 4th of July, usually including festivities such as parades, picnics and fireworks. United States’ Independence Day became an official federal holiday in 1941.
When is YOUR Independence Day? Please look to our awesome nation, the mighty USA, as a symbol of freedom. It was no easy start for our country – nothing good ever comes easily. There were many struggles, and many lives were lost during the Revolutionary War. Our own lives have struggles, as well, especially our spiritual life. Our natural personal freedom is only perception. The reality of the matter is that we have a false sense of freedom. We’re actually slaves.
Absorb this freedom quotes from Goethe, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
Romans 3:23 explains that each of us are sinners that fall short of the holiness of God. We are (Ephesians 2:1-3) slaves of the power of sin. Thankfully, Jesus Christ died for us and His grace now rules. But, it is our responsibility to approach Christ and offer Him our lives.
Romans 6:15-18 explains that once our personal shackles to sin have been unlocked, we must stop living for the world. We are no longer to live as slaves to sin, but as slaves of Jesus Christ.
Those are our two options and no one is ever in between sin and Jesus. You are either a slave for Christ, or a slave of sin. If you’re for Jesus, then step away from sin and enjoy your freedom to do right. This pleases God, and it becomes YOUR personal Independence Day.
“There are two freedoms: the false where a man is free to do what he likes; and the true where a man is free to do what he ought.” – Charles Kingsley.
Happy 4th of July! Be safe and God bless you all!