Greetings in the grace and mercy of the risen Lord.  This month we will celebrate Independence Day.  On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States of America.  When we think about this for a moment, there was a movement away from bondage towards freedom.  As a result of that movement, those 13 became fifty states, which represent literally thousands.  In the spiritual realm, when we move from bondage of sin toward the freedom available for us in Christ, that has a powerful effect on our lives.  In turn as we walk in the freedom of Christ, we can impact others for Christ thus multiplying into many more who are walking in freedom in Christ.  So, as we think about the founding of this country, let us reflect upon the founder of our faith, who called us out of spiritual bondage and continues to lead us in His freedom everyday of our lives.  Galatians 5:1 says “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” 


Here are a couple of important notes for this month:


Pray for our students as they go to camp on July 6th.  Pray that God will do a powerful work in their lives and for their safety. 


Pray for our children as they go to camp at Shocco on August 1st.  Again, pray for safety as well as for God to work in their hearts. 


During the summer months I know there will be many of our faith family who have plans for vacations. I hope and pray you all have a wonderful time away enjoying the blessing of your family that God has given you.  As you are away please remember the work of the Lord here at NTBC will continue.  We have made online giving available, so you can continue to support the work God is doing in and through our church.  May God continue to bless you all as you faithfully serve Him.


God bless,

Bro. J.J.

1 Cor. 10:31