This week America celebrated an important birthday. Two hundred forty years ago our founding fathers announced our independence as a country by stating "that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation." They then went on to say in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Over the next three weeks we will be looking at each of these three rights in depth and discovering how we can use them for the honor and glory of our Creator.

Not only are all men created equal, being endowed with certain unalienable rights, but we are also created in the very image and likeness of God. We read that on the sixth day of creation "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26). Isn't that incredible? We were created to reflect the attributes and character of the One who created us! Shortly after that, however, Eve listened to the snake who told her that she had to eat of a forbidden fruit in order to truly "be like God" (3:5), plunging the world into sin and separation from its Creator. As a result, Jesus took on the image and likeness of a human so that we could, once again, be transformed into the image of God. What wonderful love! What a wonderful Savior!

Letting Him transform me into His image,

Pastor Sutherland

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