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Summary: We realize that Death is part of the natural laws of God, commissioned by our creator to be a messenger of mercy to rescue the soul from the monsters of suffering, pain and disease. Therefore, we have not assembled here in protest of the natural laws of

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INTRODUCTION:

On behalf of the family of ______ ________ I want to thank you all for coming this morning.

We realize that Death is part of the natural laws of God, commissioned by our creator to be a messenger of mercy to rescue the soul from the monsters of suffering, pain and disease.

Therefore, we have not assembled here in protest of the natural laws of our wise Creator; but to help loved ones to prepare to accept it.

It is men once to die, but after this the judgment."

We are assembled here to show our respect for the life that Virginia lived, the legacy she has left behind, and to acknowledge that Jesse’s soul has returned to God who gave it.

We are also assembled here to express our sympathies with those who are in sorrow,

It was Peter who said, "Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of Life."

Perhaps most important of all, we are here to give comfort the those who morn.

First encounter with Virginia

"Love Is."

DISCUSSION:

Some wonder at a time like this Does Jesus really care? And the answer is yes.

One of the reasons our Lord came to this earth was to comfort those who mourn.

Isa 61:1-2 The Spirit of the LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim

freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners ,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

This comfort gives us great confidence.

Philippians 1:20-24 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.

Paul further Elaborates on the reasons for this confidence.

1 Cor. 15:1-8.

Did Paul really believe this preaching?

2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

A Lesson for Those left behind

2 Sam. 12:16-23

Psalms 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.


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