Memorial Day, a hallowed day that should be about honoring the more than 1 million men and women who died in the service of this nation in wars and conflicts dating back to 1775.

The families of those killed in war should not be led to believe that their loved ones died for a less-than-worthy cause. They died because they took an oath to defend this nation and it’s Constitution.

The sacrifice is the same whether it's for a "popular war" or an unpopular one.

Memorial Day should be an occasion to bring Americans together to honor these heroes.  It brings to mind the words of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jack Robison, who recently wrote from Iraq, "Sometimes I think God must be creating an elite unit in heaven, because he only seems to select the very best soldiers to bring home early."

If you want to honor these heroes, visit a veteran's cemetery on Memorial Day. Attend a parade without the divisive political signs. Make cards for the comrades of the fallen that are recuperating in military and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Lay a wreath at the stone of a departed hero.

We Americans need to remember why Memorial Day is special. It's not about picnics or trips to the beach. It's not about making pro- or anti-war statements. It's not about supporting political candidates. It's about honor, duty and the ultimate sacrifice.

It's about people who have decided that the United States is worth dying for.



May 27, 2007, Sheepfold Ministries

pastor Phil Roland


LUKE 7:1-10

MEMORIAL DAY - A day of remembrance of those living and dead, who have sacrificed and denied themselves that we might enjoy the fruits of peace and freedom. They are our Christian Memorials.                                 Pastor Phil Roland


Memorial Day was begun by Presidential Proclamation, May 30, 1868, and was set aside to decorate the graves of the Confederate dead.  “A Memorial is something that preserves remembrance, and brings to mind an event or a person.  It is a boost to the memory.”



          A. His Concern is for His Servant, not Himself

A. Submits to One who is Greater than Himself


  1. Loves his Country of Residence

1. Denigrators despise God and Country

2. Loves Jewish people, not anti-Semitic

  1. Built the House of God

1. Love for God and Love for Country go together

2. Possessed a Personal Faith in God


          A. A Man of Courage and Bravery

          B. Faced the Enemy in Front of His Troops

          C. Suffered the Highest Battlefield Casualties

          D. Understood Authority

                   1. Authority mentioned 88 Times in Bible

                   2. One type of Authority = Raw Power

                   3. One type of Authority = Positional

E. He was a Man of Authority / Both Types

                   1. Recognizes his Superior

                   2. Has Faith in Christ for Healing

                   3. Makes Public Declarations of His Faith in Christ

                   4. Believes in Advance God Will Answer His Request

          F. Amazing Faith Honored by Christ


LUKE 7:1-10

7:1  When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.

2  There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.

3  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.

4  When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this,

5  because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue."

6  So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.

7  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.

8  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and that one, 'Come,' and he comes. I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

9  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."

10  Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.





Centurions took their title from the fact that they commanded a century. Centuries were so-called because they originally numbered roughly 100 men. In the Roman infantry, centurions initially commanded a centuria or "century" of theoretically 80 men, depending on force strength and whether or not the unit was part of the First Cohort.

Centurions gradually rose in seniority in their cohort, commanding centuries with higher precedence, until commanding the senior century (of six) and therefore the whole cohort. The very best centurions were then promoted to become centurions in the First Cohort, called Primi Ordines, commanding one of the five centuries of 120 men and also taking on a staff role.

All centurions, however senior, had their own allocated century. In comparison to a modern military organization, centurions covered a whole range of ranks. Ordinary century commanders would be equivalent to a modern army lieutenants or captains. The senior centurions leading cohorts would be equivalent to lieutenant colonels. The Primus Pilus with his senior staff role might be considered equivalent to a modern colonel.

Centurions often suffered heavy casualties in battle, generally fighting alongside the legionaries they commanded. They usually led from the front, occupying a position at the front right of the century formation. They led and inspired their men by example. They also sought to display the skill and courage that got them to their rank in the first place. It is for these reasons that they often suffered a disproportionate number of casualties.






MEMORIAL DAY 2007 is a special day for hundreds of parents across our nation.  They have given the country the ultimate sacrifice: their own sons and daughters.  These precious lives have been willingly given to insure our freedom and to punish those wrongdoers who have wantonly stained America’s soil with the innocent blood of three thousand souls.  The lives of these honored dead and their heroic sacrifice challenges and stirs our hearts.  We love them.  We stand humbled by the awesome sacrifice of their families and loves ones.  We pledge never to forget what they have done.  This sermon is our tribute to them.  May our tears of remembrance be our memorial and tribute to their courage and bravery.

In Flanders Fields

~ John McCrae ~

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.


Flanders is a region on the coast of Europe, across from the English Channel, partly in France and partly in Belguim. Thousands of soldiers who died fighting in World War I are buried there.