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God does not listen only to what we say during Sunday-morning or evening church services, or to what we say in our formal prayer time, but to our every word uttered and our every thought we hold in mind. We are accountable each and every moment of our day. Each and every thought we have, each built upon the other, creates the map to our journey of life. If we are not thinking about what we wish to experience, but dwelling on what we do not wish to experience, how can we be surprised at how our life is looking? Are we headed where we want to be?

We use the term “liberty” to proclaim our deliverance from something that no longer serves us. In July of 1776 these united colonies proclaimed our liberty from King George and the Mother Country, but there was still much that needed to be done. Proclaiming our liberty had to be followed by action, dedication and commitment to a new way of being, and a new way of creating our future.

Liberty requires commitment and liberty can manifest in our lives in many forms. Liberty is a choice and the choice has to be made to fully free oneself from a belief in lack, limitation and negativity and to have something concrete and positive to set in its place. It is this very liberty we seek that can bind up our wounds and re-unite us to walk with a new Spirit.

The choices of our words, deeds and thoughts determine our journey.

Our choices set our course, our words frame our intention, our motivation shapes and proclaims our character.

So let’s look at Jefferson’s words, (the other Jefferson, for I am proud to share a name with him):

“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the power of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinion of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“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.”

Let’s stop there and put this in a new perspective. Let’s write our own declaration of independence from negativity, defeatist thinking, blame, ridicule, prejudice, and injustice. Let’s write a declaration for our lives that creates the journey we wish to enjoy.

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the negative and defeatist attributes of this world which have connected them with a walk apart from Almighty God, and to assert their desire to re-align with the Laws of Nature and Natures God entitled to them, they should affirm their rightful place as children of God and heirs to freedom and peace.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. The right to be called children of God, filled with Spirits grace, Spirits blessing and to walk in partnership with his son Jesus, whom we call the Christ. It is in this spirit of togetherness that we recognize we are a stronger people. It is in the spirit of respect and love for one another that we understand that the desires of our hearts are the desires of all hearts, that together we can make our world a safer, happier and more prosperous place for all. It is in this spirit that we affirm that we each do our part to shine the light of peace, reconciliation, joy, comfort, partnership, healing, understanding, and inclusive welcome to all. In this way we affirm the worth and dignity of all humankind and pledge ourselves to promote a new and greater humanity.

And for the support of our new Declaration of belief, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

So, what truths are self-evident in your life?

Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.

Join us for worship at Church In Bethesda each Sunday at 11 AM. You will be inspired, challenged, blessed and filled with positive inspiration for your each bright and exciting tomorrow. This wonderful congregation, just outside of Washington, D.C. in suburban Maryland, is a dynamic witness to the community of God’s unconditional love, grace and reconciliation.  This church stands as a beacon of light for new hope and possibility that through Christ’s welcoming, unconditional and inclusive embrace, we can all experience a deep and meaningful relationship with Spirit/God, as well as with one another.  An open and affirming congregation, all are welcome to join in this amazing ministry. We are located at 5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Maryland just off Old Georgetown Road in the heart of downtown Bethesda. www.churchinbethesda.com

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