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So Much to Remember!
INTRODUCTION: Memorial Day is primarily given to remembering those who have died, whether it be loved ones, or those who have died for their country. We are instructed dozens of times in the Word of God to remember certain things. The Israelites were admonished to keep to their remembrance various days and events of their national history.
I want to call your attention to some things that are worthy of our remembrance. Just like going thru old photo albums, let’s take a look!
I. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THE TIME AND PLACE OF OUR SALVATION.
[Have Some Of Congregation Respond By Giving The Time And Place Of Salvation.]
I remember because my mother wrote down the date and circumstances in my Bible, and what I prayed when I got saved. I remember the place because I was there, and also have a picture. But someday I may forget, and thank God my salvation is not dependent upon my memory, but God’s!
II. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THE PIT THAT WAS PRIOR TO OUR SALVATION.
The heathen are
sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
III. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THE FEELING WHICH FOLLOWED OUR SALVATION.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…
When a person falls he falls from one level to a lower level. You never fall upwards; always downward.
IV. WE SHOULD REMEMBER OUR VOWS AND COMMITMENTS.
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
A. Our Vows To God.
1. Maybe to give a certain amount to missions.
2. To witness more often.
3. To live a holy life.
4. To answer His calling in our lives.
B. Our Vows To Our Spouse.
Relate the violation of these to the divorce rate in
1. To love.
2. To honor.
3. To cherish.
4. To keep self for the other.
C. Vows To Others.
1. To pray for a certain need.
2. To offer what help they need.
V. WE ARE TO REMEMBER OUR BRETHREN.
A. (1 Tim 4:6)
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt
be a good minister of Jesus
B. Intercessory Prayer. (1 Sam 12:23) Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you…
C. (2 Tim 1:3) I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
There was a time when people were more concerned for friends than they were for themselves.
VI. WE ARE TO REMEMBER THE TRUTHS OF GOD.
A. (John 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
B. (Rev 3:3) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.
VII. WE ARE TO REMEMBER OUR PARENTS.
(Eph 6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
A. Why So Many Teenage
Tragedies? They have bro
B. (Psa 71:9) Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
VIII. WE ARE TO REMEMBER OUR SOLDIERS AND HEROES.
My dad taught me that a person in a military uniform was a hero, and I still honor that today.
The Jewish soldiers were
honored as they returned from battle. “
When protestors begin to speak out against our military I think to myself, they need to see some blood spilled – theirs! I can’t stand to see people make light of those who have fought for our country.
We should make much of our war heroes before our children. We should remember today those who ran into those buildings when human nature said to run out…as well as those not enlisted personnel who cried “Let’s Roll!” and fought mano a mano, courageously saving the day!
We should remember how our country began as a
I am not against immigration [just illegal immigration], nor do I hold a grudge against
anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to
In fact, our country's population is almost entirely comprised of
those who have recently come to our country need to understand.
First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try
not to offend you in any way. This idea of
multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our
sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have
our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our
own lifestyle. This culture, called the "
developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by
millions of men and women who have sought freedom. So many
fought, bled, and died at places like
We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese,
Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to
become part of our society - learn our language!
"In God We Trust" is our national motto.
This is not some off-the-wall,
slogan – it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the
House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our
currency. We adopted this motto because
this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is
appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our
highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate
to display it on the walls of our schools.
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every
patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His
birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to
Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then
I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new
home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud
to have Him.
We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably
defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day,
Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades,
picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag…and I dare you to burn one in my presence!
As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, wear it on a t- shirt, sing my
national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge
whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend
you, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we
are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no
desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things
where you came from. We are Americans, like it or not, this
is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express
his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we
will allow you every opportunity to do so.
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about
our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I
highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American
freedom, the right to leave.
IX. WE ARE TO REMEMBER THE OLD PATHS.
(Jer 6:16) Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
What are the old landmarks?
A. The Old Book. It is not old fashioned; it is still current today.
I’m going to stay with the “Old Book.” If you want to change, go ahead, but not me.
I’m going to stick with the “Old Paths.”
B. The Old Time Religion.
1. This new stuff is sending people to hell at lightning speed. You can’t follow this new stuff and go to heaven.
2. The old time religion condemns
D. The Old Hymns. I like
some of the new songs and worship choruses, but I feel sorry for the
churches that have forsa
1. “The Old Rugged Cross.”
2. “Nothing But The Blood.”
3. “At The Cross.”
4. “Blessed Assurance.”
E. The Old Doctrines.
(2 Tim 3:14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
1. The blood atonement.
3. The Second Coming.
4. Eternal Security.
5. Baptism by immersion.
6. The Virgin Birth.
7. The Inspiration of the Scriptures.
X. WE ARE TO REMEMBER THE LORD
We do this regularly thru the Lord’s Supper. “This Do In Remembrance of Me”. Remembering His ultimate sacrifice is the main thing…but it should lead us to remember Him in many other ways as well:
(Neh 4:14) And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible…
A. Remember Him With Our Time.
B. Remember Him With Our Talent.
C. Remember Him With Our Treasure.
D. Remember Him In Our Thoughts.
E. Remember Him In Our Tasks.
Let’s not forget these things that are so important.
Remember His Dying Love. “Father, forgive them.”
Remember His Comforting Call. “Come unto me.”
Remember His Charge. “Go ye into all the world and preach.”
Remember His Commandments. “If ye love me keep my commandments.”
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and
there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet
the works which he had done for
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