Memorial Day

Today, the country rightly commemorates the servicemen and servicewomen who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the many freedoms we possess. There are billions of people throughout the world who can only dream about the freedoms that we often take for granted. Today we remember that those freedoms were secured for us by those who sacrificed their lives, and we are grateful.

As a believer, today I also remember all of those martyrs who paid with their lives so that we could have the Gospel. When people think about “the martyrs,” they generally think about the members of the early church who were persecuted by the Roman Empire. But believers have suffered persecution over the past two-thousand years, mainly at the hands of the institutional church. Do we ever think about those who sacrificed their lives so that we could hear the genuine Gospel and have God’s Word to read for ourselves? For the HIGH PRIVILEGES of hearing the Gospel of grace before you accepted Christ, for worshiping the Lord at church yesterday unmolested, and for being able to absentmindedly pick up your Bible today, millions of believers over the centuries suffered harassment, persecution, or death.

I am grateful to all those who purchased our temporal freedoms with their blood. And I am eternally grateful for all those believers who boldly proclaimed the Gospel of grace and would not recant and suffered persecution and death in the service of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

26 thoughts on “Memorial Day

  1. And it all started with the stoning of Stephen. We think of the prophets faithful servants of God and the apostles appointed by Lord Jesus Christ. Also the apostle Paul.
    Bible believing Christians have been persecuted by the catholic church and by islam as well. But didn’t Lord Jesus Christ say that the world will hate everyone of His followers because of His great and wonderful Name?

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    1. Thanks. I realize it is the Lord who gives faith, grace, and salvation and He alone receives our gratitude for the Gospel and His Word, but I’m also thankful for the testimony of those who remained faithful despite the persecution.

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      1. The retreat went well! It was really busy last week working on logistics and administrative details for retreat while also prepping four messages. I’m glad it’s done though and we cancelled Bible study tonight but it will be a busy week too with VBS prep and wedding that I’m officiating on Sunday. But yeah to your question retreat went well and I stayed up late talking to people spiritual conversations

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