Summary: This sermon for the Memroial Day Weekend uses a touching battle story to drive home the point that Americans need to begrateful for the sacrifices of our soldiers and Jesus!
GOD CAN DELIVER YOU!"
EXODUS 3:1-17 NKJV
 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
 Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am."
 Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground."
 Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
 And the Lord said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."  But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
 So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain."
 Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ’The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ’What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?"
 And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ’I AM has sent me to you.’ "
 Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ’The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’
 Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ’The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, "I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt;
 and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey." ’
This is the Memorial Day Weekend.
We are honoring all those who fought to give us freedom.
Today...I want to tell you a story
It’s about 2 men serving together in the mud and misery of WWI.
Month after month they lived in the trenches.
They fought in the cold and the mud.
They were under fire from the German army.
They were under orders to hold that position.
From time to time one side or the other
would climb up out of the trenches,
and make a charge against the opposing line.
After each attack
they would retreat back to their own trenches.
They would go back to bandage their wounds,
to tag their dead,
and to wait to do it all over again.
In the process, strong friendships were forged
between these soldiers as they fought together
in the misery of war.
The two buddies, Jim and Bill, had become more than friends.
They cared for each other like they were brothers.
They had become very close.
Day after day, night after night,
terror after terror,
they talked about life.