by Randal Ross

Living Free: The Key to America
Randall Ross
John 8:32-36

Drama to remind us of the dream and commitment to freedom

ILL. Slide of the bombing of Okla. City Federal Building; war for freedom continues

INTRO. The fear of not being free

A. There is one sacred word to Americans: It is freedom

1. Freedom is the IDEAL of our nation. The ''Holy Grail'' which our forefathers sought
2. There is no other word that matters as much to Americans than the land of freedom.

B. America was born of a hunter for freedom

1. The PILGRIMS risked all to find a place where they could be free. Raise families free
2. Founding fathers declared that Freedom was more important than life, wealth or comfort

ILL. When they signed the declaration of independence they declared the God-given right for freedom, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

3. Americans died on dozens of foreign soils and bloodied our own land for the commitment to be free as God's will and purpose.
4. Freedom drove the pioneers into the wilderness and across rivers to be free.

ILL. PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. One Nation, under God, indivisible, with Liberty and justice for all. Liberty for all! Sacred: word freedom!

C. Across the world America stands as the ideal place to live because it is a free land

ILL. France gave us the Statue of Liberty

1. Stands in the Harbor of New York City welcoming all as America's great symbol.

ILL. When we sing national anthem we sing of the flying flag that could not be taken down.

The land of the free and the home of the brave.

D. Nothing strikes us deeper than the threat of losing our precious freedom.

1. The threat of lost freedom strikes to the very soul and nerve center of America
2. You cannot threaten to take away our liberty without arousing the anger and wrath of many

ILL. The bombing of Oklahoma; horrible

1. By Americans ...

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