Hello dear friends,
Welcome to the Concord Seventh-day Adventist Church! We have entered that time of the year when we celebrate our independence and freedoms as citizens of the United States. My heart exudes with humble pride and joy each time I hear the National Anthem. As I am fixated on the words of that song, I can’t help but to ponder this thought. That is, “the freedom that we too often take for granted did not come to us free. Rather, our freedom as a country and as citizens came to us at the expense of other’s blood and tears, who ultimately paid the sacrifice with their very own lives.” As Howard Osterkamp states, “All gave some, some gave all.” Thanks to all who gave!
The freedom thus described cannot compare to the greatest freedom that we have in Christ. Freedom from a life of sin, which came as a result of God giving us His all. His Son! Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Therefore, if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:32, 36). You see, we can have “independence,” that is, as a law-abiding citizen of the United States of America. However, as citizens of Heaven we are totally dependent on Christ and His ultimate sacrifice for our salvation. Thank you, Jesus, for giving your life!
As we journey through this great land, let us remember that we too are also dependent on encouragement from each other as we strive from day to day in an evil world that is not our home. Remember! We are just pilgrims passing through a strange land. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20 NKV).
On behalf of the Concord SDA Church, I invite you, your family and friends to join us each week as we celebrate our citizenship in heaven as we worship the Lord together in anthems of praise, prayer, testimony, and in God’s Word. I look forward to seeing you!
In His Service,
Pastor Scottie Deal