VIDEO Memorial Day a Day to Remember

One Dozen Memorial Day Quotes To Honor Sacrifice

“Death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” ~ William Penn

“Peace to each manly soul that sleepeth; Rest to each faithful eye that weepeth.” ~ Thomas More

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” ~ President George Washington

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~ President Thomas Jefferson

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ~ President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” ~ President Ronald Reagan

“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory is theirs, the duty ours.” ~ Wallace Bruce

“Only the dead have seen the end to war.” ~ Plato

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” ~ George Patton

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ~ From an Irish headstone

“Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours the suffering has been,
The memory shall be ours.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Ronald Regan Patriotic Speech


 

Talking Tables

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. Acts 2:46

Loneliness is one of the greatest threats to our sense of well-being, affecting our health through our behaviors on social media, food consumption, and the like. One study suggests that nearly two-thirds of all people—regardless of age or gender—feel lonely at least some of the time. One British supermarket has created “talking tables” in their store cafés as a way to foster connection between people. Those looking for human interaction simply seat themselves at a table designated for that purpose, joining others or indicating a desire to be joined. Conversation ensues, providing a sense of connection and community.

The people of the early church were committed to shared connection too. Without each other, they would likely have felt very alone in the practice of their faith, which was still new to the world. Not only did they “[devote] themselves to the apostles’ teaching” to learn what following Jesus meant, they also “[met] together in the temple courts” and “broke bread in their homes” for mutual encouragement and fellowship (Acts 2:42, 46).

We need human connection; God designed us that way! Painful seasons of loneliness point to that need. Like the people of the early church, it’s important for us to engage in the human companionship our well-being requires and to offer it to those around us who also need it.

By:  Kirsten Holmberg

Reflect & Pray

How can you intentionally connect with someone today? How might you be overlooking opportunities for friendship?

Help us, God, to seek connection for our sake and that of others!

Sunday Reflection: The Transformation of Our Desires

In John 6, a massive crowd has been following Jesus, and He miraculously feeds them by turning a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish into food for 5,000 people (John 6:9-13). The crowd recognizes that a prophet like Moses has been raised (John 6:14; Deut. 18:15), and the next day they continue to seek after Him—perhaps hoping to see more miracles or be fed in abundance yet again.

He challenges them, saying, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” (John 6:35). They are excited that He can take away their hunger and free them from starvation, but they haven’t thought about the promise of salvation—of everlasting life in Him. Let us remember, then, that Jesus wants to do more than just fill us with food and offer us earthly comfort; He wants to transform our desires.

Think about it
•  Throughout this chapter, Jesus uses eating and drinking to speak about belief in Him. How can these ordinary practices remind us of our faith in Christ?

• What does it mean to pursue the “food” of eternal life?

Provoked Spirit

“They angered him also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.” (Psalm 106:32-33)

This terse passage summarizes the tragic events described in Numbers 20:1-13. If ever a religious leader had a right to be provoked with an ungrateful and complaining flock, Moses did. Finally, after years of privation in the wilderness, the people complained once too often, and Moses could take it no longer (or so he thought). In anger, he rebuked the rebels and smote the rock, taking credit himself for God’s miraculous provision of water. As a result, God rebuked him, and he was not allowed to enter the promised land.

It is all too easy, in times of pressure and inconsiderate selfishness all around us, to rise up in “righteous indignation” and, like Moses, “spake unadvisedly with [our] lips.” This is surely one of Satan’s most common devices. Such verbal assaults may be well deserved and may seem to give personal satisfaction for a time, but they are usually counterproductive in the long run and very hurtful to one’s testimony for Christ to those so assaulted (imagine Peter trying to witness to Malchus after he had sliced off Malchus’ ear in anger!). Unfortunately, “the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).

The Lord Jesus Himself is the ideal example in this difficult realm, for “he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). He could have called 10 legions of angels to destroy His tormentors, but instead He prayed: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Let us not be easily provoked to so-called righteous indignation. “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). HMM

Use Your Head for more than a hat rack

Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

—Hebrews 5:11

 

Many a preacher would like to challenge the intellectual and thinking capacity of his congregation, but he has been warned about preaching over the people’s heads.

I ask, “What are people’s heads for? God Almighty gave them those heads and I think they ought to use them!”

As a preacher, I deny that any of the truths of God which I teach and expound are over the heads of the people. I deny it!

My preaching may go right through their heads if there is nothing in there to stop it, but I do not preach truths which are too much for them to comprehend. We ought to begin using our heads. Brother, you ought to take that head of yours, oil it and rub the rust off and begin to use it as God has always expected you would. God expects you to understand and have a grasp of His truth because you need it from day to day.   ICH145

Lord, help me to use my head, to be willing to be stretched intellectually by Your Holy Spirit. Use me to stretch others as well. Amen.

 

“Be” First, then “Do”

Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. —Matthew 7:17

 

While good deeds cannot make a man good, it is likewise true that everything a good man does is good because he is a good man. Holy deeds are holy not because they are one kind of deed instead of another, but because a holy man performs them….

Every person should see to it that he is fully cleansed from all sin, entirely surrendered to the whole will of God and filled with the Holy Spirit. Then he will not be known as what he does, but as what he is. He will be a man of God first and anything else second: a man of God who paints or mines coal or farms or preaches…but always a man of God. That and not the kind of work he does will determine the quality of his deeds. WTA060

We need to remember that this world is not so much a place for doing things as for making character. Right in the midst of what some people call drudgery is the very best place to get the transformed, transfigured life. JAS276

God weigheth more with how much love a man worketh, than how much he doeth. He doeth much that loveth much. He doeth much that doeth a thing well. JAS276

 

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah, in chapter 40, lyricizes the grand themes of the majestic attributes and works of God, and his mighty manuscript here heralds the coming of the Suffering Servant on the stage of world history.

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field” (40:6) declares the poet-prophet. Indeed, man is but a transient being whose life quickly fades away like the grass, and his glory is short-lived like the flowers of summer.

In contrast, “the Word of our God stands forever” (v. 8). Man is transient; God’s Word is timeless. Man is ephemeral; God’s Word is eternal. Man is fleeting; God’s Word is forever. Man is impermanent; God’s Word is imperishable. Thus Isaiah’s message comes to us with the divine imprimatur upon every verse and promise. It is the cosmic compass by which we can chart life’s direction and destiny.

Isaiah proclaims in lofty lyrics the unique and incomparable God of creation, compared to whom the nations and empires of earth are like a drop in the bucket or as dust on the scales (vv. 12-15). He satirizes the manufacturers of idols and eulogizes the glory of God who stretches out the heavens like a canopy. “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens,” summons Isaiah. “Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name… not one of them is missing” (vv. 22, 26).

All the revelations of modern science but add to our awe of God as Creator of the fantastic wonders of the universe. Isaiah calls us to an adequate theology and to a recovery of the awesome transcendence of God. If we can be assured of God’s sovereignty over the universe, then surely we can trust Him with our finite lives.

This magnificent chapter culminates with one of the most inspiring passages of the Bible. God’s penman compares the believer who trusts in God to an eagle that soars with unwearying grace and strength. The eagle’s noble inheritance is the heights of the heavens. It builds its nest in lofty crags where man has not set his foot. It plays with the winds and currents of the air. This majestic specimen is king of the birds.

The eagle soars to great heights not by the power of his wings, but by surrendering himself to the currents and power of the wind. So it is with the believer. We soar and reach the heights of the spiritual life not by our own finite power, but by surrendering to the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, who is the wind beneath our wings.

Henry Gariepy, Light In a Dark Place