Independence Day

July 4, 2009 — 3 Comments

Happy Independence Day!

I’m celebrating by performing a wedding ceremony this evening, followed by a great night of fireworks in the neighborhood (fireworks are legal in our neck of suburbia…it’s like Beirut on the 4th in Wells Branch).

On another note, Chris Tomlin’s rendition of Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) has been playing in my head all day long, and I am thankful for the work God has done in me to set me free.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
~Galatians 5:1

May we no longer be subject to sin, but experience the grace of Christ which truly sets us free on this Independence Day.

Todd Engstrom

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Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth. God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

3 responses to Independence Day

  1. i appreciate your beirut comparison.

  2. Todd Engstrom July 5, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    you should probably come see for yourself next year to see whether or not I’m accurate…it’s seriously wild in our neighborhood.

  3. dude. I would love to come.

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