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Independence Day 2023

4th of July banner with the words God Bless America Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July here in the United States is typically a day filled with barbecues, fireworks, and gathering with friends and family to celebrate our independence as a nation. More importantly, it’s a time to thank God and praise Him for all the freedoms He has blessed us with.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. ~ Psalm 33:12 [KJV]

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1 [NKJV]

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. ~ 1 Peter 2:16 [ESV]

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. ~ Galatians 5:13 [NLT]

Image of the Statue of Liberty with the words Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is, freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Father’s Day 2023

Father's Day 2023 banner for Valley Baptist Church

Fatherhood is indeed a joy and a privilege for many, and this Father’s Day is the perfect time to show your own dad (or special father figure) that you love and appreciate them. How you choose to express your love for him is up to you, but simply letting him know that you admire and respect his selflessness, support, and even faith will mean more to him than you’ll ever know. And if you can no longer celebrate Father’s Day with your dad, thank God for him and know that he lives on in your memories and your heart.

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” ~Proverbs 20:7

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” Proverbs 17:6

 

Memorial Day 2023

Image of an eagle flying in the sky with the words Honoring Our soldiers' sacrifice because freedom is never free. Memorial Day 2023

Memorial Day is May 29, 2023, and is a time to honor those currently serving and who have served in the military. It’s also a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom in giving their lives.

Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. ~Isaiah 49: 15-16

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.~Colossians 2:8