Friday, July 4, 2003

Did you know...?

...The history of the United States of America began long before the Colonists declared their independence. The Magna Carta, written in 1215 in order to try to convince King John of England to give the people certain rights, is considered to be the touchstone of liberty, upon which later documents are based.

...That only nine of the thirteen colonies voted for the Declaration. The delegates from New York and Delaware abstained while the delegates from South Carolina and Pennsylvania voted no.

...That the Liberty Bell carries an inscription from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

Did you know that the inscription on the plate at the base of the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Emma Lazarus (1849-1887).

You do know that Christ has set us free from sin & death.
“The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2. The Message.)

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” (Galatians 5:1. The Message.)