From the Pastor's Desk
There is usually a lot of focus around July 4 on freedom. We are profoundly grateful for the freedoms that God has blessed America with. But there is a deeper question. Are you living free?
Whether or not people call the gods they worship "gods" or the idols they serve "idols" doesn't change the fact that they are worshiping gods and serving idols. Whatever you put first, above everything else, that's your god. Every god and idol has an altar. The altar always requires a sacrifice. Some will require the sacrifice of your peace, your health, your marriage, time, family, integrity, well-being. The more you serve them, the more you must sacrifice. But on God's altar, it is God Who sacrifices Himself for man. It is God Himself Who is the sacrifice.
Are there any idols or gods in your life, anything you're following above God? Smash the altars of those gods. And live free, wholly to Him Who gave Himself wholly to you. "Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma" (Eph. 5:2).