by Steve Jones

God Bless America
Steve Jones
Acts 17:26

INTRODUCTION: I was reading in the One Year Bible last week and came across a curious passage. It concerns a riot that was taking place in the ancient city of Ephesus. Luke records in Acts 19:32 ''Inside, the people were shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn't even know why they were there.'' Isn't it odd that people can get all worked up about something and not even know why? It may be odd but it's not uncommon.

Tomorrow is the fourth of July. Most of us have the day off. A lot of us are going to get together with family, we'll go to the park or the beach. We'll barbeque. And then tomorrow night we're going watch what? Fireworks. But why? What's it all about? I've seen some ''man on the street'' interviews revealing that some people have no clue what Independence day is all about (the holiday not the movie).

Let's take a little Independence Day quiz:
1) In what year was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a. 1876
b. 1976
c. 1776

2) On what day was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
a. January 31st
b. April 1st
c. July 4th

3) The committee formed to draft the Declaration of Independence was headed by:
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. James Madison
d. Al Gore

4) Independence Day was first celebrated in what city?
a. Boston
b. Washington D.C.
c. Philadelphia
d. Vero Beach

5) Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. John Hancock
d. H.T. Aldhizer

6) What are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?
a. ''We hold these truths to be self-evident.''
b. ''When in the course of human events.''
c. ''Governments are instituted among men.''
d. ''Four score and seven years ago.''

Independence day in America is a celebration of the birth of our nation. It's the day the United States declared independence from Great Briton. ...

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