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It was 1865. Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 18, along with 1800 troops, and announced that the Civil War was over. On June 19, Granger read a proclamation which stated, in part:
The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.

President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Yet two and a half years later, there were over a quarter of a million slaves in Texas who were unaware of their new freedom. Celebrations broke out throughout Galveston and across the state as thousands of people discovered what had already been true for some time: they were free.

We are surrounded by slaves today, even in the "land of the free." In fact, many of the freedoms that are enjoyed in the United States have only served to further enslave men. In his second letter, Peter writes about false teachers, saying: "They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved" (2 Peter 2:19).

We are surrounded by people who are slaves to sin, caught up in patterns of behavior that control their lives: lust, ambition, addictions, greed. They don't know that freedom is available for the taking! They don't know that Christ offers freedom from sin. Many of them don't even know that they are slaves. Yet Christ came and died to offer them freedom.

Our task, therefore, is to embrace the freedom that Christ offers and announce that freedom to others. We need to help people see that slavery to our own desires is still slavery and that God offers a way out of that bondage.

Be free. And tell others about the freedom you've found. If I can help you understand more about the freedom Christ offers, don't hesitate to contact me: tarcher@heraldoftruth.org or www.hopeforlife.org

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Are you presently experiencing a new life? God's word says, "if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

This new life is a free gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this life that only Jesus can give you, sign up for one of our Bible courses. Wherever you are in life, whatever you've done, you can begin again.

You may also contact us at info@hopeforlife.org if you have questions about becoming a new creation.

About the Author

Tim Archer
Tim works for Hope For Life/Herald of Truth Ministries in Abilene, TX, and writes for HopeForLife.org

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