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…. The Importance Of Memorials. The Importance Of Memorials. Why We Need Them We are likely…maybe “prone” to forget The passage of time makes our ability to remember more difficult Future generations are disadvantaged

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The Importance Of Memorials

Why We Need Them

  • We are likely…maybe “prone” to forget
  • The passage of time makes our ability to remember more difficult
  • Future generations are disadvantaged
    • Through no fault of their own, they were not present to witness that event which is memorialized
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The Importance Of Memorials

Why We Need Them

  • Future generations are disadvantaged
    • Yet, they are expected to know and appreciate that event’s significance
    • Until and unless man finally learns to travel time (unlikely), the only way for this appreciation to occur is by means of a memorial
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The Importance Of Memorials

Why We Need Them

  • All we are in large part is due to those who preceded us
  • We always stand on the shoulders of past generations
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Preserve The Past

  • Israel at the Jordan Josh 4:1-7, 19-24
  • Accomplished through teaching
  • The Hebrews who saw the parting of the Jordan River that day when they at long last entered into the land promised by God…how likely were they to forget it?
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Preserve The Past

  • Israel at the Jordan Josh 4:1-7, 19-24
  • As small children, they either saw or were directly told about the deliverance from Egyptian bondage
  • A “memorial” for future generations… a teachable moment for children
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Preserve The Past

  • Israel at the Jordan Josh 4:1-7, 19-24
  • Future generations needed to know the mighty power of God for His people…how He brought them into a promised land
  • Commemorated by a simple collection of 12 stones from a muddy river bed
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Shape The Future

  • Corinth & the Supper 1 Cor 11:24-29
  • Accomplished through proper observance
  • The apostles & very 1st disciples who were present that ominous night Jesus was betrayed & crucified the next day, & gloriously appearing from the dead… how likely were they to forget it?
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Shape The Future

  • Corinth & the Supper 1 Cor 11:24-29
  • They would be the ones who would help shape the future through their eyewitness testimony Jn 20:19-20, 24-25 1 Jn 1:1-3 1 Cor 15:5-8
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Shape The Future

  • Corinth & the Supper 1 Cor 11:24-29
  • Future generations need to know the mighty power of a redemptive God
  • How a Savior came to earth and gave His sinless life for guilty sinners
  • Commemorated by common elements of a simple spiritual meal
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The Importance Of Memorials

They Help Shape The Future

  • Corinth & the Supper 1 Cor 11:24-29
  • As long as He tarries in returning, a world dying in sin needs to see this memorial at work
  • The very event being memorialized can be skewed when the memorial is perverted by carnal means or individual negligence
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Washington,

D.C.

Orlando,

Fla

The Importance Of Memorials

Conclusion

  • Far too often, many of us are like children
  • Example: We have the opportunity to choose between:

OR

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PAST

FUTURE

The Importance Of Memorials

Conclusion

  • Disney World’s glitter & excitement overwhelms all the marble in Washington
  • We have to learn the value of memorials
  • Don’t discount their importance
    • They can tell you where you’ve been
    • More importantly, they can help lead you where you need to go
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