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Philippians 3:20 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”. As I believe is often a large risk any time, we read the Bible too casually, these words may first appear to be cute, “spiritual sugar”, that are meant to make us feel good. The truth of these words is describing the precious identity of all who follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. This scripture is not only declaring our identity but clarifying our powerful responsibility. You and I are children of God and will one day receive the promise of our inheritance in Heaven. Equally as true, you and I, as children of the King and residents of another Kingdom, must live in a way that honors our King and His Kingdom. At this point, I think we can give a hearty “Amen”! Here is the challenge: What happens to our devotion to our Heavenly Father and His glorious Kingdom when our allegiance conflicts with our everyday life and lifestyle? Jesus in His own words said, “My kingdom is not of this world…But now my kingdom is from another place”. As Christ followers, this must have an impact on the way we live here and now, prior to entering there and then in Heaven one day. Today, we end with a cliff-hanger of sorts…Are you a Christian before you are an American? We have a deep love for both; however, one must be primary. Stay Close to Jesus! – Pastor Bryce

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