This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:5-7

The August theme is “Walking with the Lord.”

When we walk with the Lord, it signifies that we know Him, love Him and rely on Him. Was that not our intention when we were baptized into Christ? Christ died to forgive our sins. Now we can walk with Him and not fear that His light, that shines on us, will reveal sin or darkness within us. If we stray from His light and walk in darkness, He will accept us back into the light if we confess, repent and ask His forgiveness. So let us walk with Him, for He is light, and in walking with Him, we will reflect His light so that others will want to walk with Him, too.

Trust and Obey

When we walk with the Lord in the light of his Word
What a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will, he abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

—John H. Sammis, 1887

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But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:22 ESV

As we celebrate our nation’s independence and 243rd birthday, the image of the Liberty Bell would be a symbolic image. But the header picture here is of Bethany’s bell from the church building that burned 11 years ago. A church bell is appropriate for our July theme, Let Freedom Ring! If we believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and our Savior, then He has set us free from sin. So, as people free from the slavery of sin, living in Christ’s Kingdom, a church bell is symbolic of the grace of Christ. Let Freedom Ring!