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Being Old Enough to Walk Down Memory Lane

(Preached at Faith 6-10-07)

God often told His people to rehearse their history and His great works in their lives. Read Deut. 6:1-24 and note v.2 "I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son..." That is 3 generations. Verse 7 states, "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou riseth up." Then verse 20 states, "And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and thee statutes, and the judgments...v21 then thou shalt say..." It is clearly seen in other Scriptures that we must have personal experiences with God to pass along to our family and friends the reality of God working in our lives. Passing down to them only "head knowledge" and not "had knowledge" gives only empty religion. It matters not too much what you have seen in other people's lives, or heard of in other people's lives, but we must personally experience with God will allow us to walk down memory lane. I can tell my children and grandchildren how it was when I was young. Cokes were 5 cents and 1 cent deposit. Running water was me going across the road to the well and drawing water. Gas was less than 20 cents a gallon. I personally experienced those things.

Now some things I remember as I have walked down Memory Lane:

  1. I remember when Sunday was Church. In Georgia where I was raised, we had the "Blue Laws" which meant it was against the law to do lots of things, including my favorite, fishing. Stores did not open on Sunday. Heb. 10:25; Acts 20:7
  2. I remember when Salvation made a Change in people. 2 Cor. 5:17; Mark 5:15
  3. I remember when Saints were concerned about others. 2 Cor. 5:11; Jude 21-22
  4. I remember when Shouting was common. Acts. 3:8-9
  5. I remember when Scriptures were cutting. Heb. 4:12 We see and hear little of this today.
  6. I remember when Standards were chaste. Women dressed like ladies and men like gentlemen. There was a respect for the House of God and the Lord's Day.
  7. I remember when Sin was condemned. 2 Tim. 4:1-4
  8. I remember when Sermons were challenging. Acts 7:51-60 Today, many Churches do not even give an altar call, mostly because there is no challenge in the message. Some Church members have never seen a soul saved at an old-fashioned altar.

Sadly, most of the above are distant memories that are dying with those who experienced them.

Dear Saints, let us "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die." Rev. 3:2

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