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True Independence

“The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.” – Robert Kennedy


On a holiday when this country celebrates its independence, I’m not riding on the current trendy bandwagon of American self-loathing, for I love the USA and dig my personal and religious freedom. Without free speech I’d be locked up somewhere…but not here – thank goodness!  So why the long face on so many Americans about red-white-and-blue, take-a-day-off and fire-up-the-grill day?
Is it because we get sad when we consider the evolution ‘Freedom’ has undertaken just in our lifetime – from “allowed to act responsibly” to “if it feels good do it” to “absolutely anything goes and don’t even try to suggest otherwise, or we might just take away your freedom?”
Is it because “Independence Day” is a disconnect for us from things we know to be true? For independence has seldom served us well where family or friends or work colleagues or the church or the Lord are concerned.  So, left without the trite and tried-but-true 4th of July metaphors for today’s message, I settled on the short, bittersweet and eternal lessons like these for inspiration;

  • Neither politics nor religion nor any mixing of the two will save us at the end.
  • Two things are really required for true freedom – repentance for our wrongs and the granting of forgiveness to those that wrong us.
  • It’s never wrong or out-of-style to be thankful…to daily express gratitude.
  • You can pledge your allegiance to the flag every day and admit your own and your country’s independence; yet know that “when you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor” – James 4:10

…just something to think about!

“…freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.” – Barack Obama

Hope you’ll enjoy a GREAT holiday weekend!
José Ponton, Jr.
From Sunny Florida
True Independence2019-07-03T16:41:14-04:00

A time…

“…a time to be silent and a time to speak” – Ecclesiastes 3:7

Silent Movies. The symphony. A child during the dinner prayer. Sitting in a crowded theater. At church during the sermon. In class when the professor is lecturing. In a conversation when you are the listener.

All these scenarios are times to be silent.

Silence is more than just an absence of noise.  Silence is a doorway beyond all that is demanded of you and happening all around you.  To be silent is to realize more of the unnoticed in life; like he robin bird stepping softly across the grass, as if walking on air, or the leaf brushing lightly against the rain gutter.

God whispers quietly when we are silent enough to hear Him. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman…speaking ever so delicately and yet with great purpose.  Are you sometimes silent enough to hear?

Indeed, silence has a balance; for then there is also a time to speak.  As a parent when your daughter is about to cut herself with a sharp knife, you must speak immediately, with authority in your voice!  When your friend is wrongly accused, it is a time to speak in their defense. When your son is honored for scoring the winning touchdown for his team, your words of pride ring loud and clear.

When you realize how much Jesus gave for you, His very life, you speak words of surrender. You humbly speak words of gratitude. You speak words of joy and praise to all who can hear!

“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker’s praise without anxiety.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer

Just something to think about…Have a GREAT weekend!

José Ponton, Jr.   

From Sunny Florida

A time…2019-07-03T16:41:41-04:00