July 4th, Independence Day! A day in which we celebrate freedom from oppressive English rule. A group of men made a decision to live free and committed to do whatever needed to be done to make that happen. However, they did not do it just for themselves; they did it for their families and fellow citizens as well. Freedom is what they wanted. They believed it was their God-given right to live as free men, so they went after it.

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Sojourning Through Life
a walk with Abraham

Life is full of all kinds of trials and struggles. So many times we face the hardships of life and wonder why; but we know that as a father allows his children to grow through circumstances of life, so does our heavenly Father. He allows for circumstances of life to help develop, shape, and mold us into the image of His Son. That is what sojourning through life is all about.

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Thank you for reading this devotional today. During the last few weeks, we have been working through the events of Abraham's life in the Old Testament and the record of these events in the New Testament. God's record given in the New Testament intrigues me. He speaks of Abraham in a faith-way. Some of the details of the events of the Old Testament are not reflected in the New Testament record.

I would like to give you a study of passages to help you better understand the correlation between the Old Testament events and the New Testament record. These are a few correlating Scriptures:

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John 17

Growing up, and even as an adult, some of my favorite moments were having personal conversations with my father. In those times, he would give me instruction in life, sometimes give me correction, teach me the importance of obedience, and finish by telling me how much he loved me. Some of us may have a giving father; some of us maybe not so giving; while others may not even have had a father growing up. Even though the Bible has many accounts of father/son relationships, my mind goes to one of my favorite parts of Scripture, John chapter 17. Here we get a glimpse of the personal conversation and relationship between the Heavenly Father and the Son of God. It is a very special moment that God wanted us to see through His Word. Salvation has made me an adopted son, as I have now been adopted into His family. I cannot help but think what my Heavenly Father has given us through His Son.

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Acts chapter five tells the interesting account of the apostles in the early years of the church. They almost immediately suffered persecution for the stand they took for Jesus Christ and His teachings. They also healed the sick and lame publicly while preaching the Gospel of Christ. This led to their arrest and miraculous release from prison. The hostile religious Jews were surprised to find them immediately preaching, healing, and teaching again in the temple! Upon the apostles rearrest, the Jewish leaders command that they stop preaching. Peter answers by saying, "... We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)

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