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Monday, May 30, 2011
"The Importance of Remembering" -- A Sermon for Memorial Day:
At yesterday's morning service at Faith Bible Church, we honored America's fallen warriors by discussing the history and value of Memorial Day as well as making some suggestions as to how individuals and especially families could commemorate the day: decorating the graves, visiting war memorials, wearing red poppies, observing the National Moment of Remembrance, considering how one could serve the widows and orphans of fallen heroes, considering how one could serve disabled vets, and making opportunities to express gratitude to all of those who have served America through the military.
We then passed the microphone through the congregation so that the veterans present could tell us their name, branch of service, years of duty and something of their time in uniform. The audience gave the military veterans a hearty round of applause for their service.
The sermon then focused on what the Bible has to say about memorials. We traveled briefly through Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Hosea and Malachi looking at divinely-mandated memorials. They included memorials of military victory, deliverance, holy judgment, and dedication. Even God's forever Name is described as a memorial. We suggest a profitable part of your Memorial Day would be checking out just what those ancient memorials mean to us today. I think you'll find them exciting, profound and spiritually rewarding. You can listen to the sermon right here.