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Sunday morning the attendance was good, some were out due to the holiday, out of town family etc. I hope everyone had a happy and safe Independence Day and weekend. We are blessed to be able to celebrate America’s birthday with the freedom that we have. We are privileged to live in such a great land thanks to the many men and women that stand each day for the freedom that we are experiencing; this freedom that so many take for granted. The choir’s special was “How Great Thou Art.”

Pastor Cottrell’s message Sunday was, “Guarding Our Freedom,” Galatians 5: 1-6, 13-14, Proverbs 4:23, I Cor. 10:23, 16:13-14, James 2:17 and I Peter 3:15-16. What does it mean to be free? It means something or someone has or has had control over you. Freedom allows ones true colors to reign; the best example is the freedom God gives us to love Him. Without Him making us love Him, he allows us to truly show Him our love by our actions.

What are the dangers of being free? Freedom can be a spring board into selfish gratifications. We can use freedom as the guise to cover or justify our sins. T o be on guard means you are aware of a potential attack. Each day we awake, we must be on guard. If we seek our own gratification first we have lost sight of the “Greatest Commandment” and the second that is like the first,” we have lost the love for God and for people. We have replaced it with a love of self, because we had the freedom to do so.

Two ways we should guard our freedom today. 1. We guard our freedom by understanding its purpose. 2. We guard our freedom by realizing Christianity requires action not idleness. You may say why do we have crime? Thefts? Drug abuse and addictions? We must always guard our freedom with the understanding that we should use our freedom to honor God and not ourselves. Every act of our walk requires action. We cannot be a nation of idle Christians. We cannot be a community of idle Christians. We must act each day on the faith in the one who has given us the ultimate freedom. Sunday night at 6 p.m. we had a good attendance present.

A prayful meeting was held with concerns seeking God’s guidance for our church in the future. The Beginner’s Sunday school class is sponsoring Younger Youth Night, ages 3 through fifth grades Saturday, July 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Brownwood Family Life building. They will enjoy fun and fellowship along with games, cookout and movie. On the last Sunday of each month we will have a covered dish meal at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center.

Brandon and Gail Grubbs, Peggy Harper, Christy Brown, Emma Vaughn, Carter Brown, Kaleigh and other family members attended the graduation of John Grubbs in Fort Jackson, South Carolina on July 1. There were 15 to spend family day with him on June 30th. There were 23 that attended his graduation. He will do his AIT at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

Kittie Mayfield and family enjoyed a 4th of July cookout at the home of Russell and Pam Brooks in Henry County Eleven were in attendance and enjoyed fireworks, basketball, swimming, good food, music and visiting. Julie and Billy Phillips visited Raymond and Sheila Phillips and family in Jefferson Saturday, July 4th. It was an enjoyable day.

Sunday night, July 19 at 6 p.m. Patrick Alligood will start teaching a study on the Minor Prophets. Mark your calendar. The Brownwood Meal Ministry is going well, God is blessing each week as meals are prepared and delivered. The ones that are receiving these meals are so thankful that others are remembering them.

Looking ahead – Brownwood Baptist Church will have Homecoming Day on August 2. Mark your calendars.

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