Rev. Colangelo

Take time Independence Day to consider freedom

Published Jun 30, 2018 at 4:00pm

In case you haven’t noticed, next Wednesday is the 4th of July. It is the day when our nation celebrates its birth and when we appreciate the qualities that have made the United States of America the unique country that it is today. Besides fireworks, lakes, and cookouts, when most people think of the fourth of July, the one thing that likely comes to mind is freedom.

Freedom is perhaps the central, founding principle of our nation. Freedom is what Independence Day is all about. Freedom continues to be at the heart of what it means to be an American. To be an American is to be a free person. Quite simply, to be in America is to know a lot about freedom. We are surrounded by it, live in it, hear about it, and appreciate it. We have holidays like the 4th of July to celebrate it.

But freedom is a word that also should strike at us for a different reason. We are free to worship God, freely. People in some countries do not have this freedom. We are free to read the Bible, pray, and attend any church we choose. I thank God for that freedom. But, freedom is never free. I thank God for all of those who served our country so we could enjoy that freedom.

We have the freedom to live, within the laws of our country. We also have the freedom to make arrangements for our final appointment on this earth, the details after we pass from this life.

I am humbled to have had the honor and privilege of being involved in the final details of a longtime Christian friend, and veteran. He was free to put his final requests in writing about how, where and what would happen after his passing. He was free to do as he pleased. That gave him much comfort.

I want to speak to you about an appointment scheduled on the calendar of your existence. You have not scheduled this appointment, but it has been scheduled for you. In fact, you do not know the date or the hour for which it is scheduled. You cannot cancel this appointment. You cannot avoid this appointment.

You say, “What is this appointment you’re speaking of?” This appointment is found in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Every single person has an appointment with death. We do not know the day or the hour, but we know that every day we live brings us one day closer to our appointment. Not only will we die, but we will also stand before God Amos 4:12says, “Prepare to meet thy God”. You see no man knows the day or the hour of his death, yet we must prepare for it.

My friend, are you prepared for your appointment? Are you prepared to meet your God? Not are you prepared according to what you think, or according to what others have said, but are you prepared according to the Bible for ultimately that is all that really matters.

And there is the problem. We are not holy. We are not pure. In fact we are all sinners who have violated the laws of the Holy God. Romans 3:10 says, “There is none righteous, no not one”.Romans 5:12 tells us that all have sinned. All of us have had wrong thoughts, said wrong things, and have committed wrong actions, me included. We know in our hearts that we are sinners and that we must face a holy God.

The Bible says that the wages of sin is death, (that’s the bad news) but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6 :23 But Jesus took that death penalty for us on the cross. He freed us and paid our debt.

Now, here’s “The Good News” The A, B, Cs of salvation, if you will.

A. Admit - Agree with God that you have sinned Romans 3:10,Romans 3:23

B. Believe Romans 10: 9,10. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

C. Call Call upon the name of the Lord. Romans 10:13 For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Note : whoever and not might be…...but shall be saved. That’s Powerful!

It doesn’t matter who you are or what your past was like. He loves you and wants you to be free from your hurts, habits or hangups. It’s just that simple.

This message was put on my heart to write for this Independence Day. Thank you for letting me share it with you. May God bless All our veterans, All who serve, you and your families and God Bless America. Have a fantastic, fun filled, safe holiday. God loves you so very much and so do I. If you would like more clarity on the A, B, C’s please contact me at 315 709-1001.