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Summary: Freedom has a high price....Mankind ...over all wants to hold others in bondage .....so the most powerful...the rich...can dominate and make the less fortunate serve them as slaves....but, we have laws of our land and ....so far to protect us from that.

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Freedom has a high price tag.

Today is veterans day and we want to honor those who have fought and those who are fighting for our freedom as we speak.

"My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my father's died, Land of the pilgrim's pride, From every mountain side Let freedom ring!"

I think sometimes we take our freedom for granted ....for over 200 years America has lost many men and women to war so we could have our freedom today.

So far we can come together and praise God...the one who blessed this country.

I was not a veteran ...the closest I have been to being a veteran ...I was a tender foot in the Boy Scots...and not much at that.

Freedom has a high price....Mankind ...over all wants to hold others in bondage .....so the most powerful...the rich...can dominate and make the less fortunate serve them as slaves....but, we have laws of our land and ....so far to protect us from that.

Apostle Paul had a run in with his freedom in Acts 22....

Acts 22:25-28 (KJV)

25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.

27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.

28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.

By law... a Roman citizen not proven guilty of a crime could not be chained and beaten.

The same is true when we belong to Christ....even more so...we cannot be proven guilty of sin because we are represented by Jesus Christ and found innocent of all charges ...the highest court of appeals in the entire universe with God as judge and jury.

Mans law says that we are innocent until proven guilty...Gods law says we were born guilty...we were born sinners and found guilty and sentenced to die by Gods law.

But, sometimes we are held captive by things in our life....disappointment...discouragement ....situations that seem we can never defeat.....but, we have Christ....there is no war that can't be won with our Lord on our side.

In our text today Paul was about to be beaten and ....

In verse 25 Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

Paul was defending his right as a Roman citizen....but, the chief caption that was about to have Paul beaten...use to be a slave...but, he saved his money and bought his freedom because he said in verse ...

28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. ....listen to what Paul told him

And Paul said, But I was free born.

Salvation can't be bought....it can only be obtained through Jesus ...and by accepting Him we are born again....we are born into His family.

That means that when we accept Him as our Saviour ...our old self dies along with all of our sin....past ...present...and future.


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