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The nations of the United Kingdom and the United States have a special relationship. Those words, special relationship, are used to describe the close alliance between the nations. But it wasn’t always that way. The American colonies were primarily settled by British colonists. But the colonists rebelled against unfair taxation and governance by the British crown and Parliament. The Revolutionary War resulted in an independent United States. But tensions and incidents continued. The United States Congress declared war on Britain in June of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent ended the war. It was signed on Christmas Eve of 1814. Another treaty in 1817 demilitarized the U.S. and Canadian border. That peace held and the two nations eventually established a close alliance.
This week we have looked at the good news about Jesus. It started with the bad news about our sin. We face God’s wrath. But God revealed a way to satisfy his justice through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our belief and trust in Jesus is how we access forgiveness. Romans 5:1-2 describes the result, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” (NIV)
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