Sacrifices To Remember On Memorial Day

Sacrifices To Remember On Memorial Day

Some things should never be forgotten. Remember these selfless sacrifices today and follow their example for a bright future.

Have you ever forgotten something of importance? A birthday? An Anniversary? An Appointment? 

It is easy to do. Why?

People are forgetful.

The Bible gives us many instances of mankind’s forgetfulness.

Genesis 40:23

“Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”

Judges 3:7

“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”

1 Samuel 12:9

“And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.”

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Psalms 78:11

“And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.”

Psalms 106:13

“They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:”

Psalms 106:21

“They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;”

Lamentations 3:17

“And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.”

Hosea 2:13

“And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.”

These verses remind us how easy it is to forget. 

Some forget because they are absent-minded while other forget because they are inconsiderate. Ultimately, why we forget matters little in the grand scheme of things. 

One of the duties of a preacher is to help us remember.

Examine these verses. 

2 Peter 1:12–15 

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

This portion of Scripture teaches us five essential truths about remembering.

  1. We need people to remind us. (vs 12)
  2. We need people to remind us of things we already know. (vs 12)
  3. God gives us people to remind us like preachers, parents, teachers, and mentors. (vs 13)
  4. Remembering things of importance wakes us up to important truths and responsibilities. (vs 13)
  5. We need to remember things people taught us after they are gone. (vs 15)

Memorial Day was instituted to help us remember the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.

Wikipedia says, “Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.”

First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), Memorial Day was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

It’s a good idea to set triggers to remind us of important things. Dates on a calendar, reminders, alarms, etc. prompt us to recall what matters. 

On this Memorial Day, let’s consider some sacrifices that we should never forget.

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Should I Tithe On My Government Stimulus Check?

Should I Tithe On My Government Stimulus Check?

Did you get a check from the government? Should you tithe on it? The answer is clear. Consider this short explanation.

During the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020, the US government is sending every qualifying American a stimulus check. (Didn’t get yours?) You should tithe off of it. In fact, you should tithe off of any government stimulus check. Here’s why.

Proverbs 3:9–10 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, And with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

The Bible is crystal clear that we should honor God with the firstfruits of all our “increase.” It doesn’t stipulate a difference between wealth gained by working a job, gift, or inheritance. It all comes from God.

When things get tight financially, it seems harder to give, but is it?

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I love the fact that God created the tithe as a percentage. We should give one penny out of a dime, one dime out of a dollar, one dollar out of ten, ten dollars out of 100, etc. The truth is we can always tithe. It seems harder to give $100,000 out of a million, but it is only in your head. It’s still 10%.

If I gave you a $100 bill, would you give me $10 back? Of course! How much more should we partner with God to do the same!

God gives you everything that you possess.

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

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Coronavirus and The Church:  What Should We Do?

Coronavirus and The Church: What Should We Do?

The airwaves and newspapers are buzzing with information and opinions about COVID19. What should your church do about coronavirus? These Bible Truths will help you know.

Viruses are scary. History is replete with examples of deadly plagues and sicknesses. No one wants to get sick. Everybody wants to protect their family.

When social distancing is promoted as our only hope, what should ministries do? Church is a social environment. Do we stop church for the foreseeable future? Should we hide in our houses in fear?

What is coronavirus? Is this a global pandemic that will kill untold millions? Or is it more like a stronger version of the common flu? With doctors and pundits on both sides of the equation, it’s hard to know what we can believe.

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To make matters worse, the media today has an agenda. The media establishment prospers financially during crises. Their age-old adage is “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s why we live in a day of constant “breaking news” and 24 hour-a-day stories that promote fear and anxiety. After all, you pay more attention to the news when you are worried about what is going on in the world.

Further, the media is polarized politically. Many people want the Trump administration to fail so badly that they seem giddy about the possibility of sickness, death, and financial pain. That’s sick.

Should you cancel church services? Should you postpone events? Should you cancel fellowships and meals?

These Biblical principles are good for any difficult situation.

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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year to you and your family!

A new year is an exciting time. It signifies the end of one chapter in your life and the beginning of a new one. Many people start of the year excited about resolutions and makeovers, but most of those commitments don’t last. Here are a few articles from the past that will help you start 2019 off right.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your life. I pray that I can help you reach your potential for God and change your world in 2019.

We have an exciting announcement of some opportunities we hope will enrich your life coming within the next week. You won’t want to miss them.

May God bless you as you serve him this year!  

Have a blessed holiday.

Paul

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Happy Father’s Day 2018

Happy Father’s Day 2018

Father’s Day is set aside for us to honor our fathers.  How will you honor yours?

Fathers are a gift from God.  God created the family structure.  He chose that a man and a woman would leave their families and cleave to one another.  He designed that children would be a product of their love and be cared for by them. He called the woman “mother” and the man “father.”

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