Discovering the Power of Forgiveness

R.O.C.K. Club Dives into the Pool of Mercy

In the heart of Radford, VA, the R.O.C.K. Club stands as a beacon of hope and transformation. We offer a nurturing environment where young people and their families come together to grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Central to this journey of growth is the profound concept of forgiveness. It is a pivotal element that not only shapes our interpersonal relationships but also our inner peace and spiritual well-being.  

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant: A Lesson in Mercy and Grace

The parable of the unforgiving servant, as told in the Bible, serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of forgiveness. This story illustrates a servant being forgiven a massive debt by his master, only to turn around and refuse to forgive a small debt owed to him by another. The parable ends with a stern warning about the consequences of harboring unforgiveness. It underscores the necessity of extending the same grace and mercy we receive to others around us. At R.O.C.K. Club, we delve into this parable to understand the depth of forgiveness that we can embody. It teaches us that forgiveness is not just an act but a lifestyle that fosters freedom, peace, and reconciliation.  

Embracing Forgiveness: The Path to Freedom and Peace

Embracing forgiveness is crucial for personal growth and spiritual liberation. Forgiveness allows us to release the burdens of resentment and bitterness, paving the way for healing and restoration. At R.O.C.K. Club, we encourage our members to practice forgiveness actively, understanding that it is a gift to oneself as much as it is to the offender. By doing so, we unlock the door to a life filled with peace, joy, and a deeper connection with God and those around us.  

Finding Spiritual Renewal through Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a powerful tool for personal transformation and spiritual renewal. The parable of the unforgiving servant reminds us of the importance of extending grace to others. At R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we foster a community where we understand forgiveness, teach it, and live it actively. We believe it is key to unlocking a fuller, more joyful life.       The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. May we find peace in life by discovering the power of forgiveness.

Discover the Joys of Family Bonding with R.O.C.K. Club

Summer is around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start planning your family vacation. The anticipation of exploring new places together creates an exciting atmosphere at home. Begin by gathering everyone’s ideas for destinations. Whether it’s the sandy beaches, majestic mountains, or thrilling amusement parks, choosing a location that offers something for everyone is key.   R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, encourages families to think about what kind of experiences they want to share. Do you seek relaxation, adventure, or perhaps a bit of both? Make this decision a fun family activity to ensure the vacation is enjoyable for all.  

Set Your Vacation Goals: Budgeting and Itinerary Planning

Once the destination is set, it’s time to talk about the budget and itinerary. Setting a realistic budget is crucial for a stress-free vacation. Include costs for travel, accommodation, food, and entertainment. R.O.C.K. Club suggests involving kids in the budgeting process to teach them valuable financial lessons. Next, sketch out a loose itinerary. Flexibility is important, so don’t overpack your schedule. Allow for spontaneous adventures that may arise. This approach keeps the vacation exciting and relaxing, avoiding the common pitfall of vacation exhaustion.  

Packing Essentials and Expectation Setting: Smooth Sailing to Vacation Fun

Packing is where the rubber meets the road. Make a list of essentials well in advance to avoid last-minute rushes. R.O.C.K. Club recommends packing outfits that can mix and match, reducing luggage and making room for souvenirs. Don’t forget chargers, medications, and travel documents. Setting realistic expectations is also crucial. Discuss with your family that while the vacation will be fun, there might be moments of waiting or minor setbacks. Emphasize the importance of patience and a positive attitude.  

Encourage Family Togetherness while Gearing Up for Summertime Fun

Planning a family vacation can be an enriching process that strengthens bonds and creates lifelong memories. For many, today’s economic realities may mean curtailing such an escape. If time, budget, and other vacation aspects impact your decision, we encourage finding the simple joys of a “staycation” and finding fun outings closer to home. By setting the right expectations, your family can be set for fantastic summer adventures. Let the excitement begin!   The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. Stay in the know while planning a family vacation this summer.

Celebrate Easter with R.O.C.K. Club

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Join Us for a Time of Renewal and Joy in Radford, VA

Easter is a season of joy, renewal, and reflection that brings our community together in a celebration of life and new beginnings. At R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we embrace this special time with open hearts, inviting families to join us in commemorating renewal through Christ. Our events reflect the spirit of hope and rebirth that defines this festive period.  

Engaging Easter Activities in Our Community

At R.O.C.K. Club, we believe in making Easter a memorable experience. Our lineup of activities ensures that each person can find a way to connect with the essence of Easter. From egg hunts that sparkle with excitement for the little ones and projects for older children, we aim to foster a sense of belonging and community spirit. These events not only entertain but also instill values of kindness, generosity, and community engagement.  

From the R.O.C.K. Club Family to Your Family this Easter

As Easter approaches, R.O.C.K. Club hopes to spark similar activities for you to consider at home. We offer a welcoming space for childcare, and our doors are open to those seeking to experience the joy and renewal that Easter brings. From attending a heartwarming service or simply enjoying the company of family and friends, let’s come together to create lasting memories and strengthen our community bonds this Easter season.  

A Celebration of Spiritual Renewal in Radford, VA

At R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, Easter is more than just a holiday; it’s an opportunity to renew our spirits, connect with our community, and celebrate life’s blessings. Join us in making this season a time of joy, reflection, and community engagement. Together, we can make it an unforgettable celebration for all.       The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. We invite you to engage with us this E

Get Active this Spring

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R.O.C.K. Club Shakes Off the Winter Blues Outdoors this Spring!

As winter thaws into spring, it’s the perfect time to shake off the cold and get active outdoors. Here at R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we believe in the transformative power of outdoor activities, not just for physical health but for mental well-being, too.

As the snow melts and the days grow longer, nature invites us to rejuvenate and reconnect with the world around us. Spending time outside is crucial after the long, dormant winter months. It boosts Vitamin D levels, vital for bone health and immune function. But it’s not just about physical health; being in nature reduces stress, enhances mood, and improves overall happiness.

Get Active: Springtime Activities to Enjoy Time Outdoors

Here are some fantastic activities to help you enjoy in the outdoors this spring:  

Hiking: Explore local trails and witness the awakening of nature. Hiking is a phenomenal way to increase cardiovascular health and build endurance. Each step strengthens muscles, and the fresh air rejuvenates your mind.

Biking: Grab your bike and cruise through the scenic pathways of Radford. Biking is an excellent way to improve heart health and tone muscles, all while enjoying the exhilarating rush of the wind.

Gardening: Cultivate a garden and grow with your plants. Gardening is not only therapeutic but also an effective way to engage in moderate physical activity. It’s a gratifying process that connects you with the cycle of life and growth.

Photography Walks: Capture the beauty of spring with your camera. Photography walks are a gentle way to explore while focusing on the details of nature’s revival.

 

Refresh Your Body, Mind, and Sprit this Spring

Remember, the key is to find activities that you enjoy and make them a part of your routine. You’ll soon find that spending time outdoors is a great way to refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Spring is a season of new beginnings, and there’s no better time to start a habit that nurtures your body and soul. So, lace up your shoes, step outside, and embrace the vibrant energy of spring with R.O.C.K. Club. Let’s get active together!

   

The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000.  In March, we invite you to explore the outdoors with us and get active!

What Is Love?

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A Reflection from R.O.C.K. Club, Radford, VA

Love, in its purest form, reflects Jesus’ boundless affection for us. At R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we embrace and explore this divine sentiment, understanding it as the cornerstone of our faith and community.

The Bible, our guiding light, offers profound insights into its nature. A passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, describes in words that resonate through ages: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” This passage not only offers definition but also directs us in manifesting it in our daily lives.

 

What is Love: Examples of It in Action, Like Jesus

Jesus exemplified what it is through His actions. He taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), a commandment that underscores the importance of empathy and selflessness. In John 15:12, He urges us, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” This is a call to extend grace, forgiveness, and compassion to others, just as He has done for us.

At R.O.C.K. Club, we strive to embody this in our community presence. We can engage in acts of kindness, from feeding the hungry to comforting the distressed, reflecting Jesus in tangible ways. By volunteering, donating, or simply offering a listening ear, we become vessels of His love.

 

The Importance of Embodying God’s Enduring Love

Moreover, love is not passive. It requires action – to stand up for justice, to speak for the voiceless, and to show mercy. It’s about building bridges, healing wounds, and bringing light into the darkest places.

As depicted in the Bible, it is not merely an emotion but a commitment to live as Jesus did. It’s a journey of patience, kindness, humility, and perseverance. At R.O.C.K. Club, we invite you to join us in this journey, to spread goodness in our community and beyond, embodying the very essence of what Jesus taught us:

“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14.

   

The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. Let us tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This month we reflect on “What is Love?”

The Legacy of “I Have a Dream”

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R.O.C.K. Club of Radford, VA, proudly commemorates the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this January 15th. Particularly, his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, a beacon of hope and a rallying cry for equality and justice.   In the heart of Radford, we gather, inspired by Dr. King’s profound words, echoing through the decades. His speech, delivered with immense passion on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, serves as a timeless reminder of our collective quest for a society where “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). This powerful Bible verse mirrors Dr. King’s vision, intertwining spiritual wisdom with the fight for civil rights.  

Embodying Love and Respect for Self and Others

Dr. King’s eloquence and unwavering commitment to nonviolence illuminated the path for change. He inspired not just a nation, but the entire world, with his dream of a future where people are not “judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” In Radford, we strive to embody this ethos, fostering a community bound by respect, understanding, and love.   At R.O.C.K. Club (Reaching Our Community’s Kids), we honor and uphold these values as Christians actively working to build bridges and foster inclusion. In honoring Dr. King’s legacy and promoting unity, we commit to being catalysts for positive change, just as Dr. King was.  

Turning “I Have a Dream” into Reality Takes Commitment and Community

As we reflect on the “I Have a Dream” speech, let us recommit to the ideals of equality and justice. Let us be moved to action, channeling our energy into constructive efforts that uplift and empower. Our dedication to these principles not only honors Dr. King’s memory but also contributes to the realization of his dream.   In this spirit, we invite all members of the Radford community to join us in this ongoing journey of learning, growth, and solidarity in Christ. Together, let us continue to make strides towards a world where dreams of equality and justice are not just aspirations, but realities for all.     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This January 15, we honor the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his “I Have a Dream” legacy.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

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R.O.C.K. Club Reflects on the Journey of the Magi at Christmas

The Christmas story in the Gospel of Matthew paints a vivid picture of the Magi, or Wise Men, on a quest. Guided by a star, these learned men from the East sought the newborn King, Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). Their journey was not just physical but spiritual, exemplifying a hunger for divine truth and salvation.  

Seeking Christ in Modern Times

Today, we might not follow a star across deserts, but our search for Christ is no less significant. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, with its distractions and complexities, connecting with our Savior remains unchanged. We live in a digital age, where answers are often a click away. The deeper, spiritual questions continue to require introspection and faith.  

The Wise Men Show Us the True Gift of Christmas

The Wise Men presented the infant Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These weren’t just random offerings. They symbolize Jesus’ kingship, divinity, and eventual sacrifice. Today, our gifts to Him are not material but of the heart: faith, obedience, and love.  

Finding Christ in Our Lives Today

It’s easy to get lost in the commercialization of the Christmas season. But as members of R.O.C.K. Club, let’s remember its true essence. By seeking Christ through scripture, prayer, and service, we can find Him in our hearts and lives. Just as the Magi were overjoyed when they found Jesus, so too can we experience profound joy in His presence.   The journey of the Magi reminds us of the timeless truth that wise men – and women – still seek Him. This Christmas, let’s renew our commitment to pursuing a deeper relationship with Jesus, the reason for the season.   The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. As Christians at Christmas, we invite you to consider how wise men still seek Him.  

A Thankful Heart

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Feeling the Essence of Gratitude with R.O.C.K. Club

Thanksgiving, rooted deeply in history and tradition, holds a special place in our hearts. For R.O.C.K. Club, it isn’t just about feasts or gathering. It’s a poignant reminder of the importance of nurturing a thankful heart, recognizing every blessing and challenge alike.  

Biblical Roots of Thanksgiving

The Bible often emphasizes the act of giving thanks. Psalm: 100 4-5: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” This scripture not only underscores the act of giving thanks but also provides a reason: God’s enduring love and faithfulness.  

Cultivating a Thankful Heart

Gratitude isn’t a mere feeling but a practice. Much like how a farmer diligently tends his crops, we must tend to our hearts. We should be sowing seeds of thankfulness and regularly watering them with reflection. This practice then allows us to bear the fruit of joy, peace, and love. Philippians 4:6-7 states, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It’s evident that a heart filled with gratitude is a fortress against the anxieties of the world.  

R.O.C.K. Club’s Commitment

This Thanksgiving, as the R.O.C.K. Club family, let’s pledge to nurture and fortify our thankful hearts. We do this not just in the face of abundance but also in the face of trials. By pledging, we know that every challenge is an opportunity for growth, molded by the hands of our loving Creator.   As we celebrate Thanksgiving, may this season be a reminder. A thankful heart is the foundation for a life filled with purpose, joy, and God’s eternal love. Let us embrace gratitude today and always.     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. This Thanksgiving, we celebrate the holiday by cultivating a thankful heart.

Fun-tastic Fall Activities

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R.O.C.K. Club Invites You to Embrace the Changing Season

If you are looking for some fun-tastic fall activities for your family, R.O.C.K. Club offers a few things to consider. Whether you choose one or all of these, the fall season is a vivid reminder that change comes to us all. We invite you to embrace the changing season, whether you enjoy nature’s colorful leaves or a warmer gathering.  

Leaf-Painting and Gratitude Trees

Fall heralds the arrival of crunchy, colorful leaves that provide the perfect canvas for creativity. Encourage your children to collect a variety of leaves, then break out the paints! Together, you can paint Bible verses or scenes. For added significance, create a Gratitude Tree. Use branches as the base and hang your painted leaves as reminders of things you’re grateful for. This ties beautifully with 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances…”  

Bible Story Campfire Night

There’s nothing like a crackling fire on a crisp fall evening. Assemble the family and light a bonfire or simply gather around a fireplace. Share stories from the Bible, making them come alive with a touch of theatrical narration. Abraham’s call, David’s courage against Goliath, or Jesus’ parables become vivid tales under the starry skies. Remember, Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go…”  

Pumpkin Parables

Pumpkin carving isn’t just for Halloween! It can be a fun, family-focused activity with a biblical twist. As you carve, discuss the transformation we undergo as Christians. Just as the pumpkin gets cleaned out, so does our heart when we accept Christ. Once cleaned, it allows His light to shine brightly through us, much like a candle in a carved pumpkin.  

Attend Local Harvest Festivals

Local harvest festivals offer plenty of fun activities and games for area families. Make it a quest to see how many biblical passages or teachings you might see on display. The bounty of God’s creations await – from apple bobbing and crafts, to haystack hunts and petting zoos. You’ll find something for the entire family. Dive into the biblical importance of harvest, reminding children of passages like Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”   Fall is a season rich with symbolism, from the changing leaves to the bountiful harvests. Let’s embrace it, have fun, and grow closer to God and one another. See you at R.O.C.K. Club!     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. Embrace the changing season with some fun-tastic fall activities.  

How Do We Reflect Jesus?

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants to Help You Understand Your ‘Ambassador’ Role

As Christians, we represent God to the world around us, but how do we reflect Jesus? This culture needs Jesus, but we may be the only reflection of Him that they see. With that in mind, how do we reflect Jesus?   As we evoke Him in our day-to-day lives, we act as a mirror. We need to ask ourselves if that mirror is “clean” or “dirty.” A “clean” mirror will show a crystal-clear reflection of Jesus. A “dirty” mirror will muddy and distort the world’s view of our Savior.   We really have an important role as God’s ambassadors. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants to help you to answer the question, “How do we reflect Jesus?”    

Our World Need Jesus

We live in a confused, dark world. People all around us don’t know where to turn or what to do. Many live in a constant state of anxiety. They look for a solid foundation on which to stand. They search for a way and want truth in a culture that says there is no real truth.   But the Bible tells us in John 14:6 that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He offers hope, love, and life to everyone. He is the rock-solid foundation. And He has tasked those of us who already know Him to tell others about Him. Jesus wants us to reflect Him to this world.    

How Do We Reflect Jesus to a Needy World?

Our question then becomes: “How do we reflect Jesus to a world that needs Him?” To answer this question, let’s consider ourselves as ambassadors. An ambassador represents their country to a foreign land. In theory, the rulers of that foreign land don’t actually converse with the other government. The ambassador acts as a “go-between,” reflecting the policies and positions of his home government.   We are, in essence, ambassadors for Jesus. Our culture doesn’t know Him. People may know about Him or may have heard His name. However, they don’t have a true relationship with Him. Our job in reflecting Jesus to them is to show them who He is and what He is about. We are to show them something different, something better. That “better” thing, however, isn’t from ourselves. It originates from Jesus’ presence in our lives.    

They See The “Fruit” of Our Lives

As ambassadors or “mirrors,” we can tell people about Jesus. But as the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.” We as Christians may be the only Jesus that they ever see. How they judge our Savior – the Savior that they need – is by the “fruit” of our lives.  If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, you have the Spirit of God living in you. In the Bible, Galatians 5:22-23 reads, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law.” Just like an apple tree produces apples, we will produce this fruit in our lives if we are led by the Holy Spirit.    

What Reflection of Jesus Do You Show the World?

This is the “fruit” that the world should see. But if we ignore the Holy Spirit and our own will leads us, the world will see other “fruit.” This could include selfish behavior, hate, bickering, and more. This is why it is so important for us to consider whether our “mirrors” are “clean” or “dirty.” What representation of Jesus are you reflecting to the world? Do they see a clear reflection, or is their view distorted by your “dirty mirror”?     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. As Christians, it is important for us to consider the question, “how do we reflect Jesus?”

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants Your Kids to Have the Best Year of School

Summer was a relaxing break, but it is time to get your children ready to go back to school. Whether they are in preschool, elementary school, junior high, senior high, or college, you must properly prepare them. This means so much more than getting the right school supplies, though. It is our job to ready them for all of the difficulties that they may face this year. We must even prepare them for the “simple” day-to-day struggles inherent in schooling.   It’s easy for adults to forget what school was like, and in doing so, downplay what our kids may face. But remember, too, that they also face issues that we never faced. With that in mind, the R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants to help you to prepare your children to go back to school. We enthusiastically join you in praying that your children have the best school experience ever.      

Gather Supplies Now, and Reduce Your Stress

First, however, remember that school supplies are important. Don’t wait until the night before the first day to start gathering their supplies. Schools, especially preschools and elementary schools, usually send lists of needed supplies a few weeks before the start day. There is no need to procrastinate! Start gathering these supplies as soon as you receive the list. This will significantly reduce your “back to school” stress.    

Going Back to School with the Right Attitude

Your children may enjoy school, or it may be a chore to get them through the door in the morning. It may be a mixture of both. We must, however, help them to understand that school is very important. Foster attitudes of hard work and dedication, not only through your words but also through your actions. This is their current job, after all; they are preparing for their future. They may ask that age-old question, “When am I ever going to use this in my life?” Remind them that they are also learning skills that transcend subjects like math or language arts.    

Prepare Them Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually

A new school year, no matter how exciting it may seem, also brings new obstacles with it. Your child may be shifting from elementary school to junior high, or junior high to senior high, or even high school to college. But even if they aren’t moving to a new school, a new grade brings new challenges. Let them know that you are there for them. Foster an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable talking about their struggles. Listen. Listen hard. Many times, we as grown-ups want to quickly distribute our “sage” advice.   Children, however, want us to hear them, too. And don’t shortchange their experiences just because they are kids. To them, their experiences can be heartbreaking, no matter how silly they seem to us as adults. Most importantly, reinforce to your children that they are not alone. Remind them to trust in God as they go through their school day. Teach them to pray and to do right. Make sure that they are as mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared as possible.     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. We are praying that your children have the best year as they go back to school!

Celebrating Our Freedom

The R.O.C.K. Club Wants Us All to Realize Our Blessings

It is truly a blessing to be celebrating our freedom that we own here in the United States of America. Many times, we unfortunately take it for granted, or may even be callous toward it. But many people sacrificed much to provide it for us. As July dawns, we will celebrate this freedom on Independence Day. Honestly, we as Americans should celebrate it all of the time. “Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books,” said the late actor Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” “Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, ‘I’m free. To think and to speak. My ancestors couldn’t. I can. And my children will.’”   But there is an even greater freedom that all people can have, no matter where they live. It is a freedom available to all men, purchased by sacrifice, too. It is the freedom that we can find in Jesus. The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, wants us all to appreciate our freedoms. Let’s look a little closer at and celebrate both our national and spiritual freedoms.    

Our Freedom in the United States

What does freedom mean to us as citizens of the United States? The dictionary defines “freedom” as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants, without hindrance or restraint.” That is exactly it, but it is so much more than static words in a book. It’s dynamic.   Founding father Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we have undeniable rights. We are endowed by God, Jefferson wrote, “with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our freedom is in being who we want to be; we are not determined and held to some lower class. We can think for ourselves and voice our opinion. No one can force us to join a national religion. We can pick our governmental representatives by vote. Americans can hold those same representatives accountable. We are us, not pawns beholden to a monarchy or ruling class. That freedom is worth celebrating every day of our lives!    

Our Freedom in and Through Jesus Christ

As we mentioned earlier, there is an even greater freedom available to all of us. President Ronald Reagan once said, “(National) freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. … It must be fought for, protected, and handed on (to our children).” But even if our national freedom disappears, this greater freedom will never leave us. This is the spiritual freedom that we can find in Jesus.   This freedom was through a sacrifice. Jesus, the Son of God, left Heaven, became a man, and died on the cross to take our punishment for our sins. By trusting Him as our Savior, we can find spiritual freedom and a real relationship with God. Jesus said, in John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” We are free from sin and punishment. We are free to live the abundant life that He provided. Everyone can have this freedom, no matter where they live or who they are. Jesus said, in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” That is an eternal freedom, a freedom worth celebrating! Do you have this freedom?     The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, offers outstanding and compassionate Christian child care and tutoring. We would love to tell you how you can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Call us today at (540) 267-3000. As we are celebrating our freedom in the United States this month, think about how Jesus provides us with an everlasting freedom!