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Glorious FreedomPosted Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 5:39 PM
As we celebrate Independence Day, let us give thanks to God for Glorious Freedom! Two-Hundred and Thirty-Five years ago, Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence from a tyrannical monarchy, Great Britain.
Thank God for those men who pledged their lives and fortunes to sign the Declaration of Independence. Thank God for those who fought and died to defend that Declaration, "That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thank God, they recognized that these rights came to us from God Himself and not from mere government edict.
But, thank God that nearly 2000 years ago, One Man, Jesus Christ died on an old rugged Cross to bring us Glorious Freedom from all sin! Thank God for those in the past and for those today who still preach and teach that Glorious Freedom!
Words: Haldor Lillenas, 1917.
Music: Alfred Judson (MIDI, score).
Once I was bound by sin's galling fetters;
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain.
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.
Glorious freedom! Wonderful freedom!
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator--
Now and forever He shall be mine.
Freedom from all the carnal affections;
Freedom from envy, hatred and strife;
Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions;
Freedom from all that saddened my life!
Freedom from pride and all sinful follies;
Freedom from love and glitter of gold;
Freedom from evil temper and anger;
Glorious freedom, rapture untold!
Freedom from fear with all of its torments;
Freedom from care with all of its pain;
Freedom in Christ, my blessèd Redeemer--
He Who has rent my fetters in twain.
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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.
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