by Jerry Watts

Remember/Not in Vain
Jerry Watts
Revelation 2:2-5

This is ''Memorial Day'' weekend. It is the time that we 'Remember' those who have paid the ultimate price for our CIVIL freedom. This day was first called ''Decoration Day'' and was highlighted by 'decorating the graves' of those who had fallen on the field of battle. It was celebrated in the North, among the Union States. In 1971, Congress passed the National Holiday Act which made this a national holiday. At the start of the day on Memorial Day, the flag is briskly raised to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. Then it is raised to 'full-staff' for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and woman who gave their lives in service to this nation. At noon as the flag is raised as a reminder to not allow their sacrifice to be in vain. This is our message-NOT IN VAIN.

Today - because I so deeply believe that we have forgotten many things, I share with you this message entitled, ''REMEMBER.'' My goal is for us to remember the things which made this nation and what made it great, but I don't want to stop there. Because of who we are and whose we are, I want us to dig a little deeper and remember our God, His work, and the salvation He has offered us.

Let's take our cue from God's word found in the Revelation. Jesus is dictating a letter to John. Text

The message to the church at Ephesus, to us, and to this nation is four-fold; remember, repent, and return or face God's RESPONSE. Candidly, we rarely make changes in our lives until and unless the pain of change is less than the pain of remaining the same. This only occurs as a light bulbs goes off in our minds which remind us of what is better. Without reservation, God's way is always better than what we come up with or dream up. By design, I want to spend the majority of our time 'remembering'. Let's remember both our civil and spiritual free ...

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