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Summary: General funeral for a faithful Christian
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FUNERAL MESSAGE FOR A CHRISTIAN
TEXT - Deut. 29:29 - "The secret things belong unto the Lord
our God but those things which are revealed belong unto us."
Death is not an easy thing to accept. Even under the best of
circumstances, death is a terrible thing. Nature has itís
seasons but death can come to anyone, at anytime, in any
place. Turly we know not waht a day may bring forth.
We come here today with sorrow in our hearts and questions on
our minds as to why these things happen. Can we really know?
There are many unexplanable sorrows in life and we must
simply leave these in the hands of God who know all things.
All of us are sorrowful here today but the Bible teaches us
of 2 types of sorrow.
I Thess. 4:13 "But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep that ye
sorrow not even as others which have no hope"
Some here may have a sorrow with no hope beyond the grave
while others have the sorrow of a friend that has gone on a
long journey and will be joining that friend shortly. The
Christian who dies and the believer who remains will one day
meet again. There is a glad reunion day.
________________ knew the Lord. He/she settled it at the
Cross ______ yrs. ago. (May personalize sermon here)
To comfort your hearts and ease the pain of loss, I want to
make 2 statements.
1st - ________________ did not die. Godís children do not
die. Jesus said it Himself in John 11:26, "Whosoever liveth
and believeth in me shall never die". 2 Cor.5:8 says,
"absent from the body and present with the Lord". ___________
did not die. He/she simply changed residents.
Like the old poem: I cannot think of them as dead
Who walk with me no more
Along the path of life I tread
They have but gone before.
Yes, Gone to Glory! ___________________ simply changed
residents from this world to the city of God. We are here
only to bury the covering. ________________ is not here. This
here is only the covering. The important part, the soul, the
being that made _____________ went to be with the Lord. It is
like when we receive a letter in the mail. We let the
covering drop to the side and read and keep the letter inside
that was important. God has left the outside here for awhile
but has taken _______________ to be with him.
We are told that when those who serve in the ranks of the
Salvation Army die they are listed, not under the heading of
"deaths" but under the heading "promotions". Promoted to
Even now ______________ walks among the patriarches of the
Bible . He/she did not die. He/she simply fell asleep in
2nd - This may be a shocker but if my Bible is right and if I
understand anything of the glories of heaven, then I believe
that it is safe to say that with only two exceptions ________
would not want to come back into this world of sin, pain,
trial, and sorrow.
The two exceptions are 1. Maybe to ease your sorrow
2. Maybe to urge some loved one to
turn to the Lord.
I was thinking _________________ has already seen the angels
for the first time. He/she has heard the angelic choirs, seen
sights man has never seen, walked the streets of gold, talked
to the people of the Bible. But best of all, he/she
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