Summary: Suitable for funeral for elderly Godly man who endured hardships in his life.
Mr.________ would fully identify with the Psalmist
in that in his lifetime he was tested, and he would
agree that he walked through the "fire and water"
but he would also testify that God has now brought
him to a place of abundance (Heaven).
What characteristics did Mr._________have that
would enable him to give such a testimony?
I. He was a man of HUMILITY
a. very tenderhearted, humble, unassuming
b. behind the scenes was his favorite place to work
II.He was a man of HUMOR
a. he knew that "a merry heart doeth good like
a medicine" and he coped with his difficulties
with the medicine of humor.
b. Many humorous stories he told...(share some
with the congregation at this point).
III.He was a man of HELPFULNESS
a. Always willing to lend a hand...helping
others (many anonymously) in many different
b. Many of you have said "_____influenced my
life greatly...he helped me so much."
IV.He was a man of HOPE
a. His testimony of his faith in Jesus Christ
b. His hope (guaranteed assurance) enabled
him to face his last days with confidence
that something better awaited him across
on the other side.
c. He hoped in the Lord.
Yes, Mr.________ was tested, had burdens here
and walked through the fire and the water...
but we can rest assured GOD has now brought
him to a place of ABUNDANCE...and he is now
at REST, experiencing RELIEF from suffering,
and is REUNITED with the many that preceeded
him in death who knew Jesus.