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Observance of Memorial Day 22 May 2017
Things you might have not known about memorial Day. In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full mas for the remainder of the day. The half--staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory' is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue to fight for liberty and justice
Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act adds the flying of the POW-MIA flag on all Federal and U.S. Military Installations on Memorial. The POW-MIA is to be half-staffed until noon along with the National Flag
Other tradition observance on memorial Day included wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flowers and flags of the graves of our fallen heroes.
Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning of the traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored or neglected. Most people are no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are town and cities that still hold Memory Day parades , many have not held parades in decades.
There are notable exceptions. Since the late 1950's on Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U>S. Infantry place small flags on each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the week-end to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Club Scouts of St Louise began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, On the the Saturday before the observance day for Memorial Day. the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts place a candle at each approximately 15,300 graves sites of the soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvanis National Military Park at Marye's Heights, and in 2004 Washington D.C. Held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000..it asks that at 3 p.m local time all Americans, voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to taps
Who is the Restrainer of evil in this world (May 3 May 2017)
(2 Thess 2:6-12)
Why is Satan unable to reveal his "man of sin" sooner? It is because God restraining the forces of evil in the world. Satan cannot do whatever he wants to do, whenever he wants to it. Paul mention a restraining force that helps keep everything on God's schedule (vv. 6-7) However, when this restrainer is taken out of the way the man of Sin will be revealed. The big question is who or what is this restrainer? This restrainer is now at work in the world and will continue till "taken out of the midst" V. 7)
The power of the restrainer must greater than Satan's. The identity of the restrainer must be made on the basic for answering the question. Who is powerful enough to hold back Satan? The obvious and only answer to that question, is God. Therefore, it is only logical that the restrainer is the third person of the Godhead, or Trinity, the Holy Ghost. This also lines up with the fact that one specific indications of the work of the Holy Ghost is that of restraining (Genesis. 6:3)
The restraining power of then holy Ghost is restraining the Evil one until the Church reaches perfection. The church will not go through the tribulation because she will leave with the Holy Ghost before the "Man of sin" is revealed (v.8) At this point the lawless one will use :power,signs and lying wonders" to deceive and draw a following (vv.9-12) The spotlight is put on those who follow the man of Sin and believe his lie (v. 10). As result God send a strong delusion to man because he did not receive the truth when he had a chance (vv. 11-12) Since our sovereign God dwells in all true believers who are under a covenant with Him,, the only conclusion is the Church (Bride of Christ) will be taken out of the way before the "man of sin" appears, which signal the start of the tribulation.
The Holy Ghost is holding back the "Man of sin" and "the Lord is not willing that any should perish' (2 Peter 3:9_ Therefore it is important that "I redeem the time" by doing all I can to get the Word of God out
11 Thess 2:2-12 recap; And do know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawless is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one one will be revealed,who the lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one is activity by Satan will all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who will perish, because they refused to love the truth ans to be saved. therefore God will send them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe what is false. In order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but has pleasure in unrighteousness
Eternal Punishment (April 27 2017)
If as man could foresee the disaster awaiting his soul in hell and the Lake of fire, he would labor, toil, struggle and strive with everything with in his power to say out of hell..and he can stay out of hell if he wants to.
Despite the beautiful picture painted by Satan, if one goes to hell he is an unwelcome intruder, for hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Man is not wanted there, even by his close associates, and why should he not want to shun or keep out of this raging inferno?
One mat stall for some time to undulge in the pleasure of sin and try to excuse himself by saying he will have a lot of friends if he goes there, but this utter deception. His erstwhile friends of this world will then be his worst, most violence enemies, and they will hate him with an unparelleled passion. They'll be screaming, yelling, agonizing cries of distress and extremes as he plunges into their midst. Some of them will jump on his with gnashing of teeth...foolish soul, why did you come here?
Then all of a sudden the licking,lisping, lapping, crackling tongues of ire and flame will engulf him, parching, searing, blistering and torturing him..no relief in sight. Then he will remember yonder world from which he descended, just like the rich man that begged for just one drop of water to be place on his burning parching tongue. He had his senses in hell and if you go there, you too will remember. Keep out of hell, you got no business there. So why don't you stay away?
As sure as there is a heaven, there is a hell, and in hell there are no churches, but there is roaring concert prayer. The unfortunate writhing, screaming in distress and agony, but the horrendous appeal for mercy rings on and on in futility and rejection. Oh God, the plight of this person! Why didn't he stop long enough to give his soul a breath redemption through Jesus Christ, long enough to even say, "I believe in you Jesus, my Saviour, have mercy on me. Forgive me of my sins..SAVE ME NOW LORD, or I perish.Hell is God's insane asylum: hell is God's penitentiary with no exit
The Resurrection April 2, 2017
I head a grandfather who wanted to see how much his four year old grandson knew about the Easter story. He put him on his lap and said "Bobby, why do we celebrate Easter?" Without hesitating, he said, "Jesus was crucified. After he die on the cross, the people put his body in the grave. They rolled a big stone in the opening, and a bunch of soldiers guarded the tomb. On the third day, there was a big earthquake and the stone rolled away'"
Grandpa was pleased with how much he new about the Easter story , but the he continued. "When the earthquake happened, then the entire town came out of the grave, and if Jesus came out and saw His shadow, they knew there would be six more weeks of winter!" At least she had prat of the story right.
Let me say it strongly as Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 15:17: "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins.' The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious ,hoaxes ever or it is the most fantastic fact of history.
I will show you overwhelming proof that Jesus Christ did exactly what he predicted He would do-that on the third day, He rose from the dead. Acts 1:3 states that "To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, been seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God:"
That what I intent to do in this writing I'm going to present three pieces evidence, that when take together, will provide convincing proof that Jesus rose from the day.
First :The Empty Tomb.
1. The Bible teaches that after he die on the cross, His body was place in a solid rock tomb. 2. His body was covered with spices.3. It was wrapped in strips of linen cloth.4. A very large stone, estimate to weigh about 2 tons,was then rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb. 5. 16 Roam soldiers were assign to guard the tomb. 6. Matt 27: 66: tells that in addition to the Roman guards, they put a tamper-proof official seal on the stone.
Anyone who happened to get passed the guards would have to break the seal, thus facing the wrath of the Roman law. I spite of these precautions -the stone, the soldiers, and the seal-the tomb was empty that first Easter morning! When the people
arrived to look in, they saw the only one thing; the blood-stained burial cloth, as if Jesus had materialized right through them. The empty tomb serves serves as a powerful testimony in the Resurrection of Jesus. Critics down through the years have not been able to refute the tomb. I stead they come up with other ideas. Maybe the disciple stole the body? But that is far fetched when you consider that this group of cowards would have to over powered the guards, rolled away a two-ton boulder, dispose of the body, and the manufacture a myth about the Resurrection-a myth that they gave their lives for. That doesn't seem possible.
Second: Multiple Witnesses
The early Church did not believe Jesus had risen just because the empty tomb-they believed because they saw Him with their own eyes. When they talked to each others about Jesus, they did not say, "We found an empty tomb," instead, they said, 'We saw Jesus today and alive!" The most outstanding proof that Jesus rose form the dead is more than 515 eye-witnesses saw Him on 12 different occasions.
Acts 1:3 says, that "To whom also he showed Himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen on them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining yo the kingdom of God>" He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God
Jesus gave unquestionable proof that he was alive! After his Resurrection, he n\made an appearance to a woman in the cemetery.Later that day, He walked through closed doors and talked to his frightened followers who were huddled in Jerusalem. In the evening , He walked side by side with two men as they made their way down a road. he appeared to believers and doubters; to tough minded people and tenderhearted souls.
Several people saw him on more than one occasions, some alone, some with large groups: sometime at night, and sometime during the day. Paul writing a letter to a group of new Christians, laid it all out in Corinthians 15:4-8: "And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain unto the present, but some are fallen to sleep. After that, he was seen of James, then of all apostles. And last of all he was send of me also, as of one born out of due time."
Third: Changes Lives
1. Those who met the Resurrection Jesus have had their lives totally transformed 2. The Resurrection is validated by the changes lives of his followers. 3. Something happened to changed this original group of followers 4. After Jesus was put to death, the disciples scattered. The bible tells that they were gathered in a locked room on the top floor of a building. They were filled with fear.
Jesus has changes my life. and to talking to may of you, I know that He has changed yours as well. His life-changing power is just as available to us today as it was to that group of frightened followers on Easter Sunday night>
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT (Mar 27)
Thomas has been the victim of a lot of bad press. OK,so his reputation isn't bad as Judas, who betrayed Jesus. He might not rank with Peter,who denied Christ three time on the eve of His crucifixion. But Thomas is usually classed among the bad guys of the disciples, the twelve men who were the closest to Jesus during His three of ministry
Thomas owes that bad boy reputation to an incident following Jesus' resurrection. Jesus appeared to the disciple behind closed doors. But Thomas was not with them. When they told Thomas the news of Jesus resurrection, he replies "Unless I see the marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and, put my hands into his side, I will believe." (John 20:25)
When Jesus later appeared to Thomas, the Lord said, ' Put your finger here, see my hands. Reach your hand and put in my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27)
Many people how ever when they read the those words come down hard on Thomas because of his doubt. In so doing, they forget that none of the other disciples believed until they too, had seen the evidence of the resurrection. Everyone else had already seen the evidence of His resurrection. Everyone else had already seen his hands and side. What's more Jesus did not say to Thomas, "You should have never doubted," Instead He showed His disciples and then they stopping doubting." And when Thomas did see the evidence (the bible does not say whether he touched Jesus as he has insisted as necessary, He uttered one of the greatest confessions of faith in history, calling Jesus, "my Lord and my God!"
For some reason. we've let ourselves Thomas was the bad boy. Real Christians don't doubt we say. To me that is a myth
Doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is the forerunner of faith. Doubt does not cancel faith, it should give away to faith. In fact in Thomas's case, doubt can be the impetus that leads one to the truth
There is more faith is an honest doubt. Faith grows through seeking the truth, and the seeker must ask questions, and questioning implies "honest doubt."
The Thomas Myth that real Christian don't doubt, does not come form the bible. The lesson to learn form Thomas's experience are that doubt is natural,that we can be honest about our doubts, and that honest doubt should give way to faith when Jesus reveals the truth to us
The Simplicity of Salvation
Salvation has been confused with religion. Religion is worshiping something. Salvation is having Christ in your heart. Almost all people are religious , but few be there that find that "straight and narrow way that leads to everlasting life. Salvation is the most expensive thing known to mankind, and yet it is the freest thing on earth. It is so plain that a child can understand it. A hobo in rags may have it for the asking. My! what a wonderful Salvation we have to offer to this sin-sick world
I'm glad " that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." I'm glad it is " not whosoever feeleth a certain way has a certain emotional experience-or he who tarries long and prays loud."
Salvation as I said before is the most expensive thing on earth because it cost Heaven the most precious gem there. It cost God His only Son. I don't really know how to appreciate the verse that tells God ao love the world that He gave His only begotten Son. God gave his son, the best He had-all He had. So it coast God all He had so that it was possible to obtain our salvation. And that is not all. It cost His Son, Jesus, all that he had to the last very drop of blood in His precious body. It cost Him , His place at the right hand of the Father. The ivory palaces were exchanged for a sheep shed and his foster father's carpenter shop. The sweet music of heaven and the angels were exchanged for the hisses and cutting remarks of the Pharisees-that Christ- hating gang of religionists.My ! what a price Jesus paid for salvation. The he was nailed to the cross, but halleliuah He carried my and your sins with Him there.
Yes, Salvation is plain, simple and free: but it took Calvary with all it's suffering and shame to make this wonderful Salvation possible for poor sinners like you and I. No mortal can be free from their sins unless the cleansing blood of Jesus has been applied to their heart.
There are many ways to a city. There are many routes to take, but there is only one way to get to get to the city of God. And that is God's way. The Devil has built many side roads and tracks but they will all lead you to the region of the damned. Some of them are inviting. Some look good at the start,but the end of the side tracks of the Devil are wind up in hell.
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father but by me." There is the gospel in a nutshell. If you are going to heaven you must know the way to God's celestial city there is only way , Jesus., "I am the way."
I am afraid that we as the church have organized, committeeized, and standaredized Christ out of our program, and He stands at the door knocking, seeking entrance, but He gets a cold shoulder. If some saints does shoe a sign of emotion and enthusiasm, a damper is put on immediately before fanticism tears up the program.
Frankly I think the Devil is sick of these little sissy, pammy-mammy sermons that preachers have substituted for the real Gospel. These sermons are aimed at nothing, therefore it hits nothing-nobody gets saved-nobody gets mad, not even the Devil. There was a time when souls would run to the altar, weeping over their sins. Has the Gospel lost it's power? NO! The gospel when preached in it's purity and simplicity, will still melt the heart of the stoney heart of a sinner. The trouble with most of the preaching today, we are trying to dynamite the boulders of sin with firecrackers sermons. When we should use the Gospel of God's marvelous grace. Man;s ways changed. God 's has not. He's program is still the same.
Most modern preachers and Christians will set in front of their T.V. sets and cry crocodile tears over some adulterer adulteress, fornications, homosexual movies, but will not shed one tear over poor souls dying and going to hell. If you ask me, they need another dip and i don't mean snuff. They need a plunge beneath the blood of Jesus. We are very excited about unimportant things of life in this fickle age. God help us to become concerned about the lost around us. Let us go back to the simplicity of life