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Walking in Freedom

The Gospel is about walking in freedom—being freed from sin and every kind of bondage. That’s why, early in His ministry, Jesus quoted Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy that He had been sent to “set free those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18 NASB). Jesus made clear that this freedom begins with our relationship with Him.

Many Believers (and even non-Believers) quote Jesus as saying, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” But we can forget that there was a condition to this freedom. Jesus said this only is available to those who “continue in My Word,” to those who are “truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31-32).

The Old Testament stresses this same principle. We read how the Psalmist could walk in freedom because he had “devoted myself to your commandments,” basing his life on God’s Word.

Many in the world think that freedom means doing whatever they want. But the Bible urges us to remember that freedom begins with a loving, obedient relationship with God. He is our Creator, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He desires to bless us physically, financially, and spiritually. He wants to enrich our lives in every way and free us from all fears and worries.

We only experience real freedom after we make Jesus our Lord, devote ourselves to God’s Word, and are filled with the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to direct our lives.

Today, remember that “the truth will make you free.” You don’t have to be dominated by sin or bad habits, worry or fear. Make Jesus your Lord. Renew your commitment to base your life on God’s Word.

This is His plan to give you real freedom, real victory, and real peace. You can be confident and secure, guided by His wisdom.

From my heart…
 
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make our VBS an AWESOME week!  We had great attendance each night, and young people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Every person seemed to enjoy it!  Thanks again for all you do for our Lord here at Dudley Shoals.
 
Be in prayer for our ACTEENS.  They will be gone July 27 until August 3 on their mission trip to Pennsylvania.  Pray for their safety as they travel AND that God will use them in mighty ways to share Jesus.
 
Today, people in our country are trying to erase and change our history.  They want to rewrite it to suit their own desires.  But as we celebrate July 4th this year, we must not forget our Christian roots.  The Pilgrims clearly stated the purpose for their voyage even before stepping off the Mayflower: “...undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith...”  The U.S. Supreme Court also identified America as a Christian nation in 1892, after 10 years of examining hundreds of documents on the foundation of the country. The justices came to the unanimous conclusion that the documents undeniably "add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a religious people, a Christian nation."  John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, summed up the historic event that led to America's independence best when he said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
 
Don’t let other people confuse you.  Don’t let them convince you that we were not built on Christian values and virtues.  President Ronal Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
 
 
God Bless you.
 
Pastor Gordon
 
 
Greetings from NYC!

We were very excited to have Anna, Scott and  the girls visit us for a week June 21-30!  Everyone had a great time!  On Sunday, June 23rd we hosted a joint worship service with the Jackson Heights House Church and our newly forming house church group!  Scott and Anna shared their testimonies and call to ministry.  We met in the Greek Cultural Center downstairs in our apartment building.  Following the service, we had a picnic outside of our building—BBQ and fixings! Afterwards, we went to the Athens Square Park just a block away where the kids had a blast playing on the playground and in the kids water splash area.  We were also able to reconnect with a lady we had shared with last summer and invite her to our house church group.  Several members were able to have gospel conversations with people in the park.  All in all, a very good day of fellowship and sharing God’s love! 

Thank you for your prayers and support! 
Randy and Debbie Smith

Larry has also traveled and performed with several well known artists starting with the Dixie Melody Boys in 1987. He spent the next eight and a half years playing harmonica and percussion and was a part of the Singing At Sea Gospel Cruise for four consecutive years. At the National Quartet Convention in Nashville, TN, Larry was nominated seven years for the “SINGING NEWS FAN AWARDS” as Instrumentalist of the Year. He was also nominated and received the “HEARTS AFLAME” award for Instrumentalist of the Year. Larry’s personal ministry has taken him throughout the U.S. and Canada where he has blessed thousands with his many talents.

God gave him the special talents of singing puppet ministry (as a young boy) playing drums and harmonica (at age thirteen).

Because of Larry’s extraordinary harmonica talent, he was blessed with an endorsement from Hohner H.S.S. He has personally produced three solo harmonica projects.

In 1997 Larry began traveling with Gary McSpadden full time for almost four years. During that time, he also performed on Garys’ popular T.V. show “Gary McSpaddens’ Gospel Jubilee,” playing harmonica, performing comedy, and impersonating Barney Fife. He also appeared as a guest on Gary McSpaddens’ Gospel Jubilee (3 years), Swans’ Place, hosted by Dennis Swanburg (3 times), Gaither videos: Hawaiian Homecoming (in ‘98), and a Homecoming concert in Lakeland Florida. New year’s Eve (‘99) concert, with Gary McSpadden, Clay Crosse, and Bob Carlisle.

In the year of 2000, (From September to December) Larry performed in the Barbara Fairchild Show as drummer and comedian.

Beginning March of 2001, Larry began performing in the “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” show where he played the drums, harmonica, and sang.

Larry and his wife, Sara, along with their daughters, Hannah, & Faith are based just north of Branson, MO, are traveling as a family ministry. Their heart is in full time ministry where they can use their God given talents to touch hearts, win souls, and minister in whatever way God will use them.

“We pray that our ministry would be one of great love, showing people the heart of God, and that they would see Jesus in us.”

Larry & Sara

This is replacing the Mission Auction and all proceeds go to Mission.
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