In April 1863, in Columbus, Mississippi, after decorating graves of her two sons who died representing their beloved south-land, an elderly woman walked to two mounds of dirt at the corner of the cemetery to place memorial flowers there also. "What are you doing?" friends shouted, "Those are the graves of two union soldiers." Softly that compassionate mother said, "I know. I also know that somewhere in the North, a mother or a young wife mourns for them as we do for ours."


       That loving deed set in motion our celebration which has become known as Memorial Day. We honor the war dead once a year, but their sacrifice is evident every single day of the year!  Today, we want to honor the memory of all those who have sacrificed their lives on the altar of freedom.  Those thousands of sacrificed lives were not given in vain!  Because of their sacrifice, we are free today and have the right to assemble ourselves together and worship our God. Think of the numbers of those who died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today:


Revolutionary War      25,324


Civil War                           488,322


World War I                           116,710


World War II                   407,316


Korean War                       54,646


Vietnam War                   58,098


First Gulf War                 298


Iraq War                              4,000 plus


These are those in whom we memorialize. May they and their sacrifice never be forgotten. It is also important for us to remember the sweethearts and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who have also been involved in the paying of this awesome price for our freedom.




Memorial Day Communion


“This do in remembrance of Me”  1 Corinthians 11:24


Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day when we remember what brave men and women have done to protect our nation in times of war.

Dennis McCarthy wrote an editorial for the Daily News, which appeared last Friday. McCarthy told about a man named Brian Rooney, a science teacher at Chatsworth High School, who has spent thousands of dollars of his own money, and hundreds of hours of time memorializing our war dead. Brian Rooney has catalogued 8,600 memorials so far in 50 states, remembering the men and women who died protecting America.

Mr. Rooney's mission began in the jungle of Vietnam 33 years ago with a promise he made to a dying soldier. Two simple words were whispered to the young Army medic Brian Rooney, as he leaned over the mortally wounded soldier, trying to read the name on his dog tags. "Remember me," the kid whispered into Rooney's ear as he died. Rooney promised that he would remember him.

That promise grew into an obsession. He now spends much of his time cataloguing memorials for the war dead, making sure they are cared for, and that they are remembered (Los Angeles Daily News, May 23, 2003, p. 3).

What Brian Rooney has done is commendable. From the Revolutionary War to the present, he remembers those who gave their lives defending freedom for the rest of us. "My mission is to bring humanity to every one of them," Rooney said.

Let us take a moment to do the same thing this morning. Please stand silently and remember those who gave their lives to protect and defend our freedom.


(moment of silence)



May 25, 2008, Sheepfold Ministries

pastor Phil Roland

God’s Breath and the Spiritual war

Genesis 2:7

 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”


 Three Characteristics of God’s Breath:


“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground”

          A. God “squeezed Adam into shape” from a handful of dust

                        1. Hebrew = “Yaw-tzar” – “To mold into a form”

                        2. Like a Potter with a lump of wet clay

            B. God, who created us all afterwards, molded Adam

                        1. He didn’t make you who you are today

                        2. He gave you the potential to “become”

            C. We have our earthly father’s DNA (genetic traits and potential)

                        1. We have God’s potential for blessing – Gen. 12:2,3

                        “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name

great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I

will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth

shall be blessed."

2. We have His spirit – Joel 2:28,29

"And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all

flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall

dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My

menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those




“and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;”

          A. God’s breath puffed life into Adam

                        1. A Divine Resuscitation, Mouth to Mouth

                        2. Hebrew – “Na-phach” - To inflate, puff, blow hard

            B. God’s breath blew life into Adam



“and man became a living soul.”

          A. Adam became filled with Divine Inspiration

1. Not Divine Limitation

2. Not Divine Restraint

            B. Earthly parents formed you in a similar fashion

                        1. Love

                        2. Honesty

                        3. Trustworthiness

                        4. Respect

                        5. Work Ethic

            C. Adam “became” a breathing creature

                        1. He is born by the breath of God

                        2. He lives only by the power of that breath


“How can you talk about church growth and revival when those who are spiritually dead and the dying are all around us?”                   Pastor Howard Seidel


1. This Memorial Day we are engaged in a great Spiritual War

2. This war is not for Land

3. This war is not for some Political Ideal

4. This war is not a Democratic or Republican War

5. This war is not an Economic War

6. This war is not a Racial War

7. This war is not a Gender War

8. This war is not a Social War

9. This war is a Spiritual War: the War of the Ages

10. It is a war of Good versus Evil

11. It is a war for the hearts of Men and Women

12. Our Battle is to take it to the enemy:

          a. Love the Unlovable

          b. Forgive the Unforgivable

          c. Reach the Unreachable

          d. Teach the Unteachable

          e. Feed the Hungry

          f. Clothe the Naked

          g. Comfort those who Mourn

          h. Do good to those who despitefully use us

          i.  Love our neighbor as ourselves

THREE Questions:

1. Are we forming and breathing Divine Inspiration into the lives of those in our sphere of influence?

 2. Years from now … will history judge us as Christianity’s Greatest Generation? 

(The Greatest Generation is a term used to describe those US citizens who fought in World War II, as well as those who kept the home front intact during it.)

3. Will they refer to us as the Generation that Saved Christianity?



If we are to reach our generation for Jesus, and form the possibilities for future generations to know Him … WE MUST CONDUCT OURSELVES AS THE GREATEST GENERATION CONDUCTED THEMSELVES!


We must become Spiritual Soldiers that mimic the character of the WWII heroes:


1. We must realize that forming the lives of others and breathing Divine Inspiration into them: IS OUR SACRED DUTY AND PRIVILEGE… NOT OUR CHOICE!


2. We must develop the attitude that we: DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!


3. We must learn to: Endure the Hardships! … DON’T QUIT!!!


4. We NEVER FORGET the Price that was paid for our freedom (Calvary)


5. We honor the Heroes of the Faith … by “Becoming” what the Creator placed within us to be!


We Highly Resolve:

To learn to form lives …

To learn to Breath Divine Inspiration into those we can reach

To learn to be patient and allow them to “become”

To learn to not breathe the poison of sin into their lives