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May 27, 2018

Designed to Remember

The number of things we bring into our lives for the purpose of causing us to forget is staggering. Drugs, alcohol, shopping, vacations and activity in general seem to be some people’s favorite ways of eliminating an all important part of who God made them to be.

                  We are “Designed to Remember”.    

“If you love me, keep my commands…” John 14:15

One cannot keep or complete what he does not remember.

“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching…” John 14:23

“…I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder, that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior…” 2 Peter 3:1, 2

NIV - Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.  Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come…

There is a simple rule of remembrance, if it motivates, if it is wholesome or if it teaches a productive motion forward it should be remembered.

When it hinders or brings restriction it must be disengaged. It is for freedom that you have been set free, Gal 5:1.

Phil 3:13 …Christian brothers, I do not have that life yet. But I do one thing. I forget everything that is behind me and look forward to that which is ahead of me...(Believers must forget grudges, painful sorrow, fearful hesitation, personal preference that increases selfishness among those of The Household of Faith.  Forget anything that reduces “pressing on to the Mark of The High calling In Christ!!!!!!” as primary and necessary…)

The Birth, Life, Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension and Return of Jesus Christ must be in constant memory rehearsal. The price paid by those who’ve carried the mantle of The Gospel before us must always be kept as a thankful memory! 

A Memorial that does NOT exhibit love and, or, respect will damage rather than motivate.  

The price others of paid so I can  ________ blank ________ blank ________ blank fill in all the blanks of activity…thank-full appreciation makes activity productive activity!!!!!!!!!

See these words of Robert O’Neil. Known for his bravery in the demise of Usama bin Laden. He states - Don't wish me a happy Memorial Day. There is nothing happy about the loss of the brave men and women of our armed forces who died in combat defending America. Memorial Day is not a celebration. Memorial Day is a time for reflection, pause, remembrance and thanksgiving for patriots who gave up their own lives to protect the lives and freedom of us all - including the freedom of generations long gone and generations yet unborn. We owe the fallen a debt so enormous that it can never be repaid. Memorial Day is a time to honor the lives of those who would rather die than take a knee when our national anthem is played. But they will fight and die for the rights of those who kneel. This holiday is a time to think of young lives cut short, of wives and husbands turned into widows and widowers, of children growing up without a father or mother, of parents burying their children. Memorial Day is a time to think of might have beens that never were. Of brave Americans who put their country before themselves. Without these heroes, America would not be America. Unfortunately, for many Americans this solemn holiday might as well be called Summer Day - marking the unofficial start of the season of barbecues, days at the beach, (Video) (Robert O’Neil continues) time spent on baseball fields and golf courses, hiking and enjoying the great the outdoors. All those things are great - we all appreciate them and they are some of the best things in life. But Memorial Day is not Summer Day. Nor was the holiday created as a way to promote sales of cars, furniture or clothes. Another Memorial Day brings with it a whole lot more than the start of summer. Since last Memorial Day, grass is now growing above the final resting places of many young men and women whose lives were taken too soon while defending our country in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other far-off places many Americans have rarely heard of. When Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright were killed last October in an ISIS ambush in Niger, many Americans asked: We have troops in Niger? These unknown soldiers lost their lives protecting you - every one of you reading these words. Think about this: Millions of high-school seniors are walking across auditorium stages this season, receiving their diplomas. Most will go on to college or jobs, but some will choose a career of military service, joining the second generation of American warriors fighting in the Global War on Terror - a war that began with the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that took the lives of almost 3,000 people in our homeland. Most of these new recruits - who were not even born or who were just infants when the 9/11 attacks took place - will make it home just fine. But some will not. I pray that I am wrong, but the sad truth is that the number of American war dead on Memorial Day in 2019 will be higher than it is on this Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, I salute my brothers and sisters-in-arms who have served beside me in War on Terror. My heart especially goes out to the families of those who did not return home. In fact, I think about all those who served and those who have given their lives fighting for America from our county's earliest days in the Revolutionary War. They all have my gratitude. We think we are strong, but in war any of us can be turned into just a memory in an instant. And war seems to have been the universal experience of just about every society on the planet at one time or another, for as long as there have been human societies. How do we stop the wars resulting in such tragic waste of lives? How do we stop the number of American war dead and war dead in other nations from growing? I wish I knew the answer. But battle lines are being drawn and redrawn, and wars and terrorist attacks just keep going on and on. There is never a shortage of war. War spreads faster than fire and like fire it leaves destruction in its wake. This Memorial Day, I urge all Americans to remember all the fallen sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members who have so bravely served our country, as well as their families. And I urge all Americans to join me in the hope and prayer that somehow, someday people around the world will focus more on our similarities than our differences and that we will move closer to a time when war is just a memory - part of our past but not our future.

  • Robert O'Neill is a Fox News contributor and ex-Navy SEAL best known as "the man who killed Usama bin Laden." O'Neill joined the Navy in 1996 and deployed as a SEAL more than a dozen times, participating in more than 400 combat missions across four different theaters of war.

There will be no end to terror if there is no genuine “Remembrance”.

This Gospel will not be lived out or shared if there is no Love and Respect shown by those who claim Its Truth!!!!   


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