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Summary: My father died recently in his sleep. People commented that's a nice way to die. Made we think about dying well.

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Sermon 1563 ‘Dying Well’. 15th Jan 2012



A). As many of you know my Father passed away 2 weeks ago & last Thursday was his funeral in Colchester where he lived / very powerful time & we honoured him.

1). Seems like he passed away in his sleep / many commented ‘that’s a good way to do die’ / preach on Dying well

Text: Eccl 3:1-2 (Everything Has Its Time).

1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born, And a time to die;

I). Definitely Dying.

A). Wether we realise it or not, every one of us is definitely dying.

1). We are born on a certain day & we will die on a certain day / daily we are moving towards that day.

2). Time: idea of Kairos – time is a line (time line) we are progressing along that line towards a conclusion.

3). Every day we live, every month that passes, every year that passes we are closer to the day of our death!

a). Every Day 150k people die / internet death clock.

B). Text: A time for every purpose, times to be born (last few years we have had many babies born to parents in our

congregation (2009: 9 girls were born) / lots of baby dedications.

1). But text goes on to say there will be times of death / times when people will be dying / lots of funerals.

2). Every year a popular media report is to list the names of famous people who died in the previous year.

3). Colonel Gaddaffi (Libyan Leader) / Kim jong il (North Korea) / Osama bin laden / Gary speed (Wales manager) / Socrates (Brazilian world cup captain) / Mohammed Bouazziz (Tunisian protester who set himself on fire – Arab spring) / Christopher Hitchins (famous atheist) / Heavy D (rapper) / Joe Frazier former (boxer) / Steve jobs (apple) / Amy Wine house /Randy Macho man savage (WWF) / Dave Wilkerson (preacher) / Elisabeth Taylor (actress – Alexis ) / Nate Dogg (rapper)

4). Psalm 90:10 The length of our days is seventy years--or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

a). One day our names will be added to a list of people who have died / cycle of life.

II). Deciding how you will Die.

A). Ti every one of us will either die badly or die well / not talking about the actual event of death….

1). Ex: Dad - died at table – passed away in his sleep / reading his bible.

a). Some die suddenly in accidents

2). When I speak about dying well, speaking about the life leading up to your death.

a). Dying well, means living life well.

b). Song: You cannot live wrong & expect to die right.

3). Look at a headstone you will see DOB & DOD separated by a dash (sort line) / represents your life / how you

lived it / the choices & decisions you made for good or for bad /

4). Eccl 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment & the day of death than the day of one’s birth

a). How? / why? / Because of the decisions you make /

B). We celebrate births & mourn deaths / ti we should celebrate births, but celebrate deaths even more / because a baby born

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