Summary: Funeral for a Christian man.
2 COR 5:1-5
ILLUSTRATION: When John Owen, the great Puritan, lay on his deathbed his secretary wrote (in his name) to a friend, "I am still in the land of the living." "Stop," said Owen. "Change that and say, I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living." (Death, John M. Drescher, In Pulpit Digest Summer 1985)
This morning Bob can say along with John Owens that he has left the land of the dying and is now in the land of the living. He, along with John Owens and the many saints that have gone on before him, are there worshiping at the feet of Jesus Christ.
A funeral and the burial that goes with it is a vital part in the process of mourning isn’t it? It provides a sense of finality that’s important in coming to terms with loss. You often hear about people who have been lost and assumed dead but their bodies are never found. And their families find it so hard to come to terms with their grief. It’s only when the body is found and they can have a funeral and the person is buried that they can finally begin to deal with their loss and move on. So for us, our dying and being buried with Christ means we’re finally freed from the power of sin. That’s what happened to Jesus when He died. He was freed from the power of sin and death. That’s why he rose again, because death had no hold over him. And he takes us into his death so we too can be freed from the power of sin and death. But we need to take hold of that fact. We need to make it a daily reality in our lives.
Bob did. That why this morning we gather. This morning we have gathered to say goodbye to Bob Millar, but we have also gathered this morning to celebrate Bobs life since he was a believer in Jesus Christ.
I. Bob’s Earthly Loves
A. He loved the Navy.
1. 23 years - served primarily on the flight deck landing/launching planes.
2. Stationed at Norfolk, Va; San Diego, Ca; Memphis, TN
3. Gave his two kids tours of the ship he served on.
4. Joined out of High School and retired as a Lt. Commander.
B. He loved his country and flying the American Flag.
C. He loved Pensacola, Fla. “ The home of Naval Aviation”.
D. Bob loved being on time, punctual. Things for Bob happened on time.
E. Most of all he loved his family.
1. Rarely missed family events.
2. Devoted husband.
a. He was married to his first wife Mary for 45 years. Stood by her
thru cancer and took care of her.
b. He was married to Faye for 13 years. Did everything together.
i. Got to know each other at Mac’s retirement party.
ii. Played dominoes – after they were married they drove to Lawton from Burk and Wichita Falls just to play with their Lawton friends. Fit right in.
iii. Loved her children like they were his.
3. Great Father.
a. Always said he was proud of his family.
b. Treated his son-in-law and daughter-in-law like they were his own children.
c. Never gave his children the answer they wanted, guided them to the right answer.
4. Wonderful Grandfather.