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Two hundred forty-two years ago, American colonists were fighting against British soldiers over "rights" as citizens of the British Empire. By the following summer, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, delegates of the Continental Congress chose a five-man committee whose task was to draft a formal statement of the colonies' intentions. Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, a date now celebrated as the birth of American independence.

We are citizens of a great country, thankful and proud of it, but there is something much greater for us. God has made us citizens of His Kingdom...The Kingdom of God... His Kingdom of faith (within the heart of each believer), His Kingdom of grace (including His Church on earth), and His eternal Kingdom in heaven.

We are declared citizens of God's Kingdom, not by birth, nor by allegiance, or by service, but solely and totally by His grace!

(Philippians 3:20) "Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself."

Earthly kingdoms rise and fall, come and go, and our life within these earthly kingdoms is brief also. That's why I really treasure my heavenly citizenship...because it is forever...eternal! What a Kingdom awaits us there…and it’s all by grace...only by grace!

Americans are, as a whole, staunchly proud of their independence and freedom. As Christians, we can be just as proud of our freedom too...the freedom we have been given by God's grace in Jesus Christ - who acknowledges all who repent and forgives them freely and fully. He gives us His own peace, not a peace that the world knows, but a peace between us and God - eternal in nature...all by grace.

As an American, I treasure our independence, but as a Christian, I treasure our dependence...upon God...His faithfulness...His promise...His love...and His grace, without which we'd be helpless and hopeless. So, let this be our anthem proclaiming our "Dependence upon God!"

By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless; My soul, believe and doubt it not. Why stagger at this word of promise? Has Scripture ever falsehood taught? No! Then this word must true remain: By grace you too will life obtain.

By grace to timid hearts that tremble, in tribulation's furnace tried. By grace, in spite of fear and trouble, the Father's heart is open wide. Where could I help and strength secure if grace were not my anchor sure?

By grace! On this I'll rest when dying; in Jesus' promise I rejoice; For though I know my heart's condition, I also know my Savior's voice. My heart is glad; all grief has flown since I am saved by grace alone. (LSB #566)

Pastor Asmus

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