This time of year is always so much fun. Having the kids home from school and being able to be home from long tours myself, just makes the summer months a lot of fun. It is also FIREWORKS time. The fourth of July is awesome, but it is a day that is much more than fireworks, food, concerts and whatever else people do that day. It is the day we celebrate our independence day as a country. It is the day the Declaration of Independence was put into effect, and it was the day we declared independence from Great Britain. What an awesome day to celebrate. How can you not be patriotic on a day like the fourth of July?
Even though I have not had the honor and privilege to serve my country in the armed forces, I still consider myself a very patriotic person. But even though the Fourth of July is a great American holiday, there is another independence that I celebrate even more then the Fourth of July. It is my independence from being a slave to sin. You see, a long time ago, I asked Christ to come into my life and forgive me of all my sins and grant me eternal life in heaven. That very moment when I said a simple prayer, was the very moment that Christ wrote my name in the Book of Life and forgave me of everything I had done.
A long time ago, the forefathers of this country wrote their names on the Declaration of Independence, and on that day, July 4, 1776, we became a free nation. On the day that I asked Christ in my life, my name was written down in that Book Of Life and I became free.
Today we live in an awesome country. It is a country that gives us many freedoms, it gives us many opportunities and even though we have many problems and challenges, it is still the best country in the world. But if you have not asked Christ into your life, whether you live in America or not, you are not free.
Find out what that freedom is by asking Christ to be your Savior. Ask Him to forgive you of everything you have done wrong, so you can be free from the bonds of sin. You can do all of this by saying a simple prayer.

Dear Jesus,
I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to receive you as Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

If you have said that prayer, you have begun your relationship with Christ and can begin your own independence day in your own life.
It seems like Coke has done a really cool thing recently. They are marketing geniuses. They have all these bottles with people’s names on them. It is the same Coke inside, but it is pretty cool when you find a Coke bottle with your name on it. I think everyone in our family has found their names and drank “their” Cokes. But something that is so much better than having your name on a Coke bottle, is having your name in God’s Book Of Life. Be sure right now that your name is written down by saying that prayer.
Celebrate this great country on the Fourth of July, but be sure to thank God and celebrate your Independence Day from the bonds of sin.

Thanks for your time,