Greetings!! I hope this blog finds you well.  I am writing my blog today on Memorial Day! Today is a day when our nation stops, reflects, and remembers those who died while serving in our nation’s military.  I am very grateful for those who sacrificed and gave their lives for my family and me.  Thank you! I am also very grateful for those who have served our country and for those who are currently serving. Thank you! Today, (Memorial Day) is so much more than backyard barbecues, family outings, playing golf and going to the pool. Today is a day when we as a nation remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for us that we can enjoy freedom. I am truly grateful for all those who died while serving in our military and the ultimate sacrifice you gave, your life!

I am also very grateful for the sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  The Bible says that Jesus Christ suffered one of the most grueling and painful forms of capital punishment ever devised by man.  The night before his crucifixion, Jesus was in extreme agony and didn’t sleep well.  How much agony did Jesus have? Well, the Bible says in Luke 22 that his agony and stress was so great that he begin to sweat drops of blood.  Christ knew he was about to endure agony.

We should remember today and for the rest of our lives the high cost of our salvation.  Salvation is free for us, but it cost Jesus dearly, He paid for our sins with His body and blood.  He paid it all with his very life. Thank you Jesus for paying my sin debt in full!!

Well summer time is just around the corner! As summer time arrives, I pray that we will still include God in our summer plans.  Often times when summer arrives and the temperatures get warmer we sometimes skip church, go on vacation and put God on the back burner.  I hope and pray that we don’t do that but still include God in our summer plans and always put Him first in our lives.  The Bible is clear that our God wants first place in our heart, not second or third, but first! Yes, enjoy your summer but please stay connected to Christ!

We have some great things coming up this summer at Long’s Chapel church please refer to the church bulletin, church Facebook page and church website for all upcoming activities.  Again, let’s not put God on the backburner this summer but include Him in our summer plans.