“Give me liberty or give me death.”
(Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775)
Greetings on this very important day, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence some two hundred and forty years ago on July 4, 1776.
The Price of Liberty
We all know the day as a federal holiday. What many do not realize is the awesome price that was paid to give us this holiday. Many men sacrificed their lives to give us a constitution that guarantees us this precious liberty. That constitution would enable President Lincoln to say on November 19, 1863, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” President Lincoln went on to say, “We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who gave their lives that that nation might live.” President Lincoln himself would also pay with his life to give to us the privilege and right to liberty and justice. Never forget those who gave their lives to protect our freedom in World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq and other military conflicts.
I choose not to celebrate my liberty as an American without remembering an even greater liberty given to us by our heavenly Father. He gave His only son to die that I may have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus himself said that He was sent to preach the gospel to the poor. (That’s me.) To heal the broken hearted. (That’s me.) To preach deliverance to the captives. (That’s me.) To set at liberty them that are bruised. (And that too is me.) That is the liberty that Jesus speaks of in Luke 4:18. As our liberty in this great nation would cost the lives of many, this liberty would cost the life of Jesus. It would cost the lives of His disciples and many of His followers. The apostle Paul would suffer much as he gave his all to proclaim that precious liberty. It would cost the lives of many missionaries from those days even until now. Please do not take this liberty for granted. To me, it is sacred.
I just returned from taking a vehicle to the border to be sent to Chiapas, Mexico. Thanks to Al and Micky Brown for this donation. Two weeks from now, I will be in Northern Mexico for a conference, and then I return to Chiapas to continue work there.
The number 2 you see on this page represents the number of years until I reach the age of 80. This month, I will celebrate seventy-eight years of life, fifty-eight years of marriage and fifty-five years of ministry. Like an old vehicle, this machine suffers wear and tear. But thank God, every morning it starts.
As always, thanks for helping us help others. I pray that God keeps you in His favor and gives you favor with man.