Declaring Freedom
July 4, 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day ( In that declaration, which included a list of nearly 30 unreconciled offenses by the King of Britain, our forefathers declared our freedom 243 years ago. Also on July 4, John Dunlap made copies of the declaration, which were called Dunlap Broadsides. On July 5, John Hancock dispatched the first of the Dunlap Broadsides throughout New Jersey and Delaware. Word of America’s independence began to spread, and so did freedom. As I’ve basked in thoughts of freedom today, I also think of you, who are engaged in a similar enterprise of releasing people to flourish. Through your investment in sharing the Gospel and making disciples, 48 million people have heard the Gospel through digital resources alone this year. You are enabling individuals to declare independence from the tyranny of sin, freeing them to love God and others. Celebrating you today, Gospel Champion.