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Church Message
Remember Those Who Have Fallen.
By Pastor Stuppy

Church sponsors2 24apr14Church message imageSeveral years ago in Washington, DC a wall was built and on it they inscribed the names of thousands who had died in the Vietnam War. Whatever our opinion of the Vietnam War may be, that memorial wall is very symbolic. It reminds us all of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in behalf of our nation. Their names are on that wall. All of us owe them a great debt for the ultimate sacrifice they made for their country.

We are reminded of this precious truth every time we hear that someone has lost their life to defend our nation and protect the freedoms we enjoy. While we may again have different opinions about the war on terrorism and how it should be fought, we must all we filled with awe that those serving our country are willing to risk their life and be willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for others. On Memorial Day week-end, we remember them and what they have done.

As a child of God, we can't think about such sacrifice without thinking about that sacrifice made by our Savior on the cross. His sacrifice brought hope and freedom not only to a nation but to the world. Jesus left his throne in heaven, become one of us to suffer and die, to face the pain and torment of hell in our place.

What makes his sacrifice so amazing is that Jesus made it for sinners. We have disobeyed him time over and over again. Our lives are filled with the filth of sin. Our very nature puts us at war with God. To restore peace with God is not something we can do. Yet Christ loved us and had mercy on us. Through his suffering and death, the devil was crushed, the power of the grave to hold us was broken, and the power of sin to condemn us was taken away. Through faith in Christ, faith worked in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, these blessings become ours.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, it is good for us to recall with gratitude those who have sacrificed their lives for us. Let us also thank all those who serve in the military today. Where would our nation be without them? Let us also remember the sacrifice of Christ. He has brought us the greatest freedoms of all: freedom from sin, freedom from death and the grave and won for us eternal life.


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