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CELEBRATE    *   HONOR   *    REMEMBER

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"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life." 

(John 15:13)

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On Memorial Day remember the fallen who fought to keep us free!

This year on May 27th, we will celebrate Memorial Day. But, sadly, many people, especially young people, who never served their country in the military, don't take Memorial Day seriously. Memorial Day for them is only a day off from work and a time for a barbeque.

Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. The United States sets aside this day for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was originated by General John Logan as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868.

The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions celebrated on different days had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

 

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all the brave heroes who served and died for us to be free and enjoy freedom today. I hope you love this country. I love the country where I was born very much, but I have a special love for America. America is the country where I have spent most of my life. My wife told me many times, "You love this country more than others born here." I have studied and visited many countries of the world, and I have found that no other country is like America, even with all her mistakes. The freedom and opportunities offered in this country to every individual are unexplainable.

 

Young Americans do not take for granted what you have. If you do not believe me, just go to any of our neighboring countries and then come back afterward and talk with me. America has helped most of the other countries in various ways over the years, but she still has the most enemies.

Millions of Americans have died to offer freedom and peace to other countries. I believe that without America, the world would be in worse condition than it is today. The Lord still has mercy on this country despite all the wrong things that have happened lately because there are still many sincere Christians who cry out to the Lord every day. American Christians also send and support more missionaries worldwide than any other country.

Remember our founding fathers and their sacrifices. They gave us the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which made this country great in the short time of its existence. Also, remember all those serving in our military worldwide, our veterans, especially on Memorial Day, and all the Fallen Heroes. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. Even if you are not an American, I encourage you to pray for this country. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America!

by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2022. All rights reserved.

Why did my son have to die?

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A mother asked President Obama 'Why did my son have to die in Iraq ?'

A mother asked President Clinton 'Why did my son have to die in Saudi Arabia ?'

A mother asked President Bush 'Why did my son have to die in Kuwait ?'

Another mother asked President Johnson 'Why did my son have to die in Vietnam ?'

Another mother asked President Truman 'Why did my son have to die in Korea ?'

Another mother asked President Roosevelt 'Why did my son have to die on Iwo Jima?

Another mother asked President Wilson 'Why did my son have to die on a battlefield in France ?'

Yet another mother asked President Lincoln 'Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg ?'

And yet another mother asked President Washington 'Why did my son have to die on a frozen field near Valley Forge ?'

Then long, long ago, a mother asked... 'Heavenly Father ... why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem?'

The answer is always the same...

''Because the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.''

(Romans 6:23)

So that others may live and dwell in peace, happiness, and freedom.

 

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All Gave Some, Some Gave All!

It is 

the VETERAN,

not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion.

It is

the VETERAN,

not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is

the VETERAN,

not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is

the VETERAN,

not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is

the VETERAN,

not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

 

It is

the VETERAN,

not the politician,

Who has given us the right to vote. 

Memorial Day Tribute - "Thank You" (Video)

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BIBLE VE​RSES

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

" By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."

(1 John 3:16)

 

"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy..." (Psalms 82:3-4)

 

"The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.” (Proverbs 10:7)

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. " (2 Timothy 2:3)

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22)

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,”

(Colossians 1:1-29) 

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Freedom isn't free, somebody paid!" 

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QUOTES

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."

General, George S. Patton

 

"The patriot's blood is the seed of freedom's tree"— Thomas Campbell

"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me" — Country singer, Lee Greenwood

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself "— College professor of literature, Joseph Campbell

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example"—Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Benjamin Disraeli

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"

President, John F. Kennedy

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" — American patriot, Nathan Hale

 

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it" — The greatest humorist and the father of American literature, Mark Twain

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Honor Memorial Day!

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"My fellow Americans, 

ask not what your country can do for you, 

but what you can do for your country"

 

— President, John F. Kennedy

Thank you to all our soldiers who have given themselves for our freedom!

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free!

You gotta pay a price…You’ve gotta sacrifice,

For your liberty.

 

Freedom is a word often heard today,

But if you wanna keep it there’s a price to pay.

Each generation’s gotta win it anew,

‘Cause it’s not something handed down to you.

 

Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free!

You gotta pay a price…You’ve gotta sacrifice,

For your liberty.

 

There was a gen’ral by the name of George,

With a small band of men at Valley Forge,

Left the comfort of home for the cold and ice,

They won Independence ‘cause they paid the price.

 

Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free!

You gotta pay a price…You’ve gotta sacrifice,

For your liberty.

 

To some people freedom is a waving flag,

To do your own thing is another man’s bag.

For ev’ry man freedom’s the eternal quest.

Free to give humanity your very best.

 

Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free!

You gotta pay a price…You’ve gotta sacrifice,

For your liberty.

Freedom isn’t free! Freedom isn’t free! 

 

 

 

— by Paul Colwell

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Fallen Hero 

As Americans, we honor the memory of those who have paid the ultimate price to defend our country, protect its way of life, and support the cause of freedom around the world. It is through the service and sacrifice of these heros that we continue to enjoy the God-given rights of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

There is another sacrifice we would like to tell you about, too—one which was made to give us everlasting life, spiritual freedom, and the greatest happiness we will ever enjoy. This sacrifice was made by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who left the glories of Heaven to walk on this earth and then lay down His life for the sin of the world. Why did He do this?

 

Even though we live in the “land of the free,” every American is born a slave to sin (John 8:34). We try (and fail) to break the chains of sin by doing good deeds, turning over a new leaf, or practicing religion. While these are all good things, they are not able to free us from the bondage of sin. When Jesus laid down His life on the cross of Calvary and rose again from the dead, he paid the penalty our sins demand, making the way for sinners like you and me to come to God.

 

Now, everyone who recognizes their need of a savior and turns to God through faith in Jesus Christ is washed clean in God’s sight and given eternal life and a home in Heaven. Even more, because Jesus has broken the power of sin, all who trust in Christ are set free to live a life that honors God. He gives us a brand new life with a new purpose, a new passion, and the power to serve Him instead of sin.

 

Do you want to be free to enjoy the life God has for you—now and for eternity? Turn to Him, and trust Jesus Christ as your savior.

 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

 

— MWTB

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The Hero

Bagpipes softly playing. Flags are lowered everywhere. Verses from the Bible. Rifles fire in the air. The flag slowly folded in a military style and presented to the family seated all the while. Each rose is placed so gently by mourners as they cry. They leave behind a hero, so very young to die.

 

We honor these great Americans, their love for the red, white and blue. Our hearts should beat with thankfulness as we start each day anew!

 

We reverence another hero, who came from heaven above. His selfless mission caption should be entitled LOVE. Never a finer person would ever walk the earth. A path that began in a stable and with a virgin birth. A greater love story the world will never see! God incarnate coming to redeem fallen humanity.

 

He was called “The Nazarene” and Jesus was his name. The path that lay before him was filled with hatred and disdain. In the little town of Bethany he raised Lazarus from the dead and with the contents of a lunch bag—5000 were fully fed.

 

But a kiss from a betrayer and the mob took him away. Given a mockery of a trial where Jesus had very little to say. Jesus or Barabbas? Who would the crowd’s choice be? “Crucify Jesus and set the murderer free.”

 

His body so savagely treated and nailed to a cross to die. The greatest suffering for our sins was hidden from our eye. A thief on a cross cried out in faith, “Lord remember me!” The Lord assured him that this day in paradise he would be.

 

As the earth shook, darkness reigned and a centurion came to see, this is no ordinary man—God’s only Son is he!

 

So where will we spend eternity? We must answer carefully. Our faith relating to Jesus will determine our destiny. People can still find forgiveness in this troubled world today and heaven still rejoices when a sinner kneels to pray!!

 

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13 

 

— MWTB

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Water For The Wounded 

A Cry for Mercy

 

On December 13, 1862, a series of attacks on the confederate army positioned at Fredericksburg cost the union army at the Potomac more than 12,000 casualties. The victorious Confederates were forced to remain under cover behind the stone wall and listen to the cries of their fallen foes.

 

All night long and the next day wounded and dying men agonizingly cried out “WATER! WATER!” This proved to be much more than one man, Richard Kirkland, could take. A sergeant in the 2nd South Carolina regiment, Kirkland pleaded with his brigade commander, General Joseph B. Kershaw, for permission to leave the safety of the Sunken Road and carry water to the suffering Federals. At first Kershaw denied his request. He eventually relented but would not allow Kirkland to display a white handkerchief as a sign of truce.

 

Anxiously, Kirkland jumped over the wall on his “errand of mercy” and into the face of almost certain death! Thousands of amazed men on both sides saw the young sergeant carrying canteens to the nearest sufferer. The Federals, realizing his mission, held their fire for one and a half hours. This ministering angel pursued his “labor of mercy” comforting as many as he could. “The Hero Sergeant of Fredericksburg” fell at Chickamunga on September 20, 1863 at the age of twenty years.

 

Two Cried

 

The Beggar Cried for Crumbs

The Rich Man Cried for Comfort

 

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame” (Luke 16:22-24).

 

Two Confessed

 

One of Conceit — The Other his Condition

 

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:10-13).

 

Two Crucified

 

One Criticized and said, “If thou be Christ…”

The Other Confessed, “Lord remember me…”

 

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9,10,13).

 

Dear Friend,

 

We read of many heroic deeds that men have done in this great country, but Christ Jesus came into the world on His errand of mercy. He gave His life freely as the supreme sacrifice, to redeem fallen man. Christ Jesus poured out His soul at Calvary so this world, that has been wounded by sin, could drink of this well of salvation.

 

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

 

Friend, do you have a hunger and a thirst in your soul? Many have tried to satisfy this thirst with things of this world. Only Christ can satisfy this thirsting of your soul.

“Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).  

 

— MWTB

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I Shall Return

Millions of brave young men and women have joined the military since our great country began more than 235 years ago. They’ve left home and family for the sake of our country. They’ve trained their bodies and minds to defend our country and to help insure our safety and freedom. They deserve our gratitude and support. Sadly, many of them have made the ultimate sacrifice and have not returned. We owe them a debt we cannot pay.

 

Whether from real life or from history class, we remember General Douglas MacArthur for his famous phrase “I shall return.” As commander of the U.S. forces in the Pacific, he was stationed in the Philippines during World War II. When the Japanese invaded and defeated the General’s forces, President Roosevelt ordered him to go south to Australia. He commanded the Pacific operations from there and declared “I shall return.” Thankfully, several years later he did indeed return to the Philippines to defeat the enemy.

 

When Jesus lived on Earth during the first century, He made a similar statement as He was preparing Himself and His disciples for His upcoming suffering and death on the cross in place of the sinful human race. He told His disciples, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). The next day, Jesus died in our place. He made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the sin debt that we could never pay. He was buried; three days later He rose again. Forty days later, while giving His disciples some final instructions, He ascended back to heaven.

 

Has He returned? No, not yet. After nearly 2,000 years, we continue to wait for His return. But we’ve been told to watch and be ready because “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

 

Jesus is coming again. He keeps His word. However, there is a requirement for those who would be caught up into Heaven to be with Him. We must be in Christ. Those who are in Christ are the ones who have joined God’s family and are saved or born again. Jesus told Nicodemus “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God … Ye must be born again” (John 3:3, 7).

Just as a civilian cannot don a military uniform, go to battle, and receive military pay and benefits before joining the military, those who are not in Christ will not be among those who go to Heaven, receive their robes of righteousness, and enjoy the benefits of eternal life with God. God is looking for recruits. Join today!

 

Being born again is as easy as ABC:

 

Admit your personal sinfulness. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, everyone in the human race is a sinner. “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

 

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God Who died in your place for your sins. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

 

Call out to Jesus for salvation. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

 

 

Jesus will come again. Are you ready? — MWTB

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A Sacrifice For Freedom

America would not be known as “the land of the free and the home of the brave” without the men and women of our military who have made immeasurable sacrifices for our country.

 

For generations, members of the armed forces have selflessly sacrificed their time and health, while families have watched their loved ones leave without knowing if and when they would return home. Why would so many people make such significant sacrifices? These brave men and women have sought to secure freedom for the American people, fighting against those who wish to restrict our rights or do us harm.

 

John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The greatest act of love a person can display is to lay down their life for someone else. The heroes who have put their lives at risk for our freedoms have expressed great love toward their fellow citizens. A simple “thank you” seems insufficient to convey the depth of our gratitude for those who protect our country and way of life.

 

While the freedoms we enjoy in America are valuable and worth defending, we can only enjoy them in this life—none of them extend after death. What does our Creator say about finding life, liberty, and happiness for eternity?

 

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Romans 3:23, John 8:34

 

No one perfectly meets God’s standard; all are defiled by sin. God’s word and our own experience testify that everyone is a sinner, living under the power of sin.

 

“God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” Psalm 7:11

 

God is righteous, so He must judge sin. Because we have all sinned, we are all destined to face His judgment. But there is hope! The Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to earth as a man and made the greatest sacrifice for our spiritual freedom when He laid down His life.

 

God “made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the grave three days later. On the cross He satisfied the judgment of God, paying the penalty for our sin. Anyone who places their faith in Him is saved.

 

“If the Son [Jesus] therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

None of us can free ourselves from the effects or the punishment of sin. But all who trust in Jesus Christ’s loving sacrifice find ultimate freedom! God forgives their sins and prepares a home for them in Heaven.

“Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

 

Because their sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus, Christians no longer fear Judgment Day. But that’s not all: followers of Jesus are set free from the power of sin in their lives by God’s amazing grace. They can use the power of God’s word and His Holy Spirit to gain victory over sin and live a life that is pleasing to God.

 

As we recognize the sacrifices of those who have served the cause of freedom, let’s make sure we don’t miss out on the greatest freedom of all. If you are under the power of sin, call out to God today. Put your trust in Jesus Christ, who died for you and rose again. He will break the chains of bondage and bring you freedom!

 

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9 

 

— MWTB

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Freedom

The human heart craves freedom! Americans know what it means to fight for it, die for it, march for it, campaign for it, and live in the enjoyment of it.

 

But are we really free? Can you say for certain that you are completely free from the bondage of sin, death, fear, worry, and doubt? God wants you to be free! The message of the Bible is that true freedom comes only through Jesus Christ.

 

1. GOD CREATED US

The Bible teaches that God made us so that we could know Him and live with Him.

 

“In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him” (Genesis 5:1).

 

“God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people”

(2 Corinthians 6:16).

 

2. SIN SEPARATED US

 

Then we sinned, and were separated from God. Sin is anything we do that goes against what God wants.

 

“Your iniquities [wrong-doings] have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).

 

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

 

3. JESUS DIED FOR US

 

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus—His only Son—to die for us. Through Jesus, we can be brought back

to God.

 

“He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation [payment] for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

 

“Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE?

 

Jesus offers freedom from sin and death:

 

“Jesus answered them … Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:34,36).

 

“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death … that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:9,14-15).

 

And a new life free from fear and worry:

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 

“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

 

“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). 

 

— MWTB

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Is This Your Last Day?

On the day of your death, do you think you will wake up knowing that it is your last day? No matter how much we try to extend our lives with regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and the best medical care, our “last day” will still come, and often without warning. How many people, minutes before a fatal crash, can even imagine what the moments ahead will contain? And of those who stare death in the face for a second or two before it comes, how many do you suppose have time to turn their thoughts to God for salvation?

Tragedy most often strikes unexpectedly, without warning. It comes as a shock, abruptly cutting off pleasure and comfort, and shatters the normal course of life. “As the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them” (Ecclesiastes 9:12). Tragedy “cometh suddenly at an instant” (Isaiah 30:13).

 

When that day comes for you, will you be ready for eternity? God in His mercy has not left us without warning concerning our eternal destiny: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).

He pleads with sinners to turn to Him for salvation: “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). “Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7). “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).

 

You only live today. The past is gone, and the future is unknown, making the present the only time you are sure to have. If you are ever to turn to God from your sin it will not be tomorrow, for tomorrow never comes. Now is the only time you have! “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Do you imagine that one day you will wake up and say, “Today is the day I’ll die. It’s time to get right with God”? No, you wake up each day going about your normal activities, never considering the end of life. It is a dangerous thing to put off the question of your responsibility for your sins. There is “a time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:27-28). You will stand before God!

God has patiently given you time, but He is calling you to recognize your need of forgiveness and turn to Him now. “The Lord is … longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Will you put Him off?

 

Dear reader, this may be the last day that you have to accept God’s free, loving offer of forgiveness and salvation. Call out to Jesus Christ who died for you and is risen again. Trust Him to save your soul. Do it now, before it is too late! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).  — Ron Melick, MWTB

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Gen. Patton and the 130,000 American Heroes Buried on Foreign Soil.

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Live, Love!

 

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it"

 

— The greatest humorist and the father of American literature, Mark Twain

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Almost 2 million American soldiers, men, and women have died so that we and the rest of the world might

enjoy freedom and inherit peace.

 

Will you remember them?

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"Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Forces make to defend our way of life"

 

— Politician, Robin Hayes

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A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE

for the brave men and women that protected our

freedom and did not return to be with us today.

My heart goes out to their family and friends on

this day, their day, our Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day Prayer​

— by Mark D. Roberts

 

Gracious, Sovereign God, Lord of all nations,

 

On this Memorial Day, we pause to reflect upon our blessings as a nation and the high cost of those blessings for many.

 

Thank you for the freedom we enjoy in this country, for opportunities to flourish, and for the security of our land.

 

Thank you for those who have served in the armed services of our country, risking their lives for our liberty.

 

Thank you for those who have given their lives in service to our country, sacrificing in such a costly way for the sake

of others.

 

Thank you for a day set apart, not just for celebration, but also for solemn remembrance as we consider the sacrifices of so many in our military.

 

O Lord, may we be more aware of just how blessed we are as a nation. May we be more grateful for our blessings, more faithful in stewarding them well, more eager to share them with others.

 

We pray today for the families and friends of those who have given their lives in service to our nation. May they be comforted in their sadness. May they be reassured that the sacrifice of their loved ones contributes to a worthy cause. May they be proud of those they have lost, entrusting their ultimate fate into your gracious hands.

 

Even as we remember those who have given their lives in the past, we also think of those whose lives are on the line today. We think especially of the men and women who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in other places of conflict and violence. Protect them. Encourage them. Bring them home safely . . . and soon.

 

Give wisdom to the leaders of our armed services, that they might know how best to deploy the troops in the cause of freedom. May their efforts be successful, so that true peace with justice might be established in our world.

 

Guide those who lead our nation in international affairs. Help them to pursue diplomatic paths that prevent needless conflict. May they have your wisdom about when and how to use the military might you have entrusted to us.

 

God of peace, stir in the hearts of the leaders of all nations, and in all who would use violence to further their cause. Change their hearts and minds. Give them a passion for peace. Bring an end to the pain, suffering, injustice and violence in our world.

 

We know, dear Lord, that ultimate peace will not come until your kingdom is here in all of its fullness. Nevertheless, we pray for a foretaste of the future. We ask for the growth of peace throughout our world today, so that fewer and fewer men and women will have to risk and even to sacrifice their lives. May your kingdom come, Lord, and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!

All praise be to you, God of grace, God of mercy, God of justice, God of peace!

 

Amen

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