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Summary: Dennis ______ lived about 68 years and died after a severe battle with cancer. His life and his Bible (I use the deceased’s Bible to see what was important to them) faith and service were of great value to him.

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"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. "In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. John 14.1-3

Purpose of Funerals

1. Honor a loved one

2. Comfort a family

3. Reconnect with priorities

4. To remember

a. We generally want to remember our past.

• Story-tellers of Indians, etc.

• Photo albums

• Monuments

b. We also want to be remembered – we give pictures and gifts to be remembered.

Funerals remind us of:

1. The Certainty of Death (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

2. The Shortness of life (James 4:14)

3. The Shortage of life (John 10:10)

4. The sovereignty of God and Reality of Eternity.

There is an old joke about a reprobate who died. His brother, who was connected to the underworld of crime, asked the preacher to say that his brother was a saint. The preacher protested because the man had a bad reputation in the community. The brother tried to coerce the preacher and then tried to bribe him. “If you will just say it, I will give you $1000. You don’t have to mean it, just say it!”

The preacher thought it over and in the service said, “The deceased man was a liar, a cheat, a thief, but compared to his brother he was like a saint.”

This morning no one needs to be coerced or bribed to say good things about Dennis _____________. Your presence is an incredible tribute to his character.

The bible speaks of a man named Barnabas and describes him as a “good man, full of the Holy Spirit, and faith” in Acts 11.24.

Dennis was well-liked and liked others well

He bore the presence of God’s Spirit by many things in his life

One of the passages that he marked was Matthew 10.2-4 – a list of the 12 disciples

Genealogy lists in the Bible

Can be boring to us but each name represents a person and someone of value to God

His Obituary:

Prayer

Qualities in Dennis ___________’s Life

1. Dennis Was “Other-Centered” (A “Servant”)

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2.3-7

• With little exception, Dennis liked everyone

YOU are important to Dennis – When he was diagnosed with cancer he called family and friends to express his love and appreciation

He did not have a critical spirit towards others – WANTED to like people

It is one thing to love (action word, not an emotion)

It is another thing to like people – Good Samaritan

• Family was Key to Him

Wife/Sons/Grandchildren/Sisters/Parents – held in high regard

• Served Others

As helping his neighbor repair his sprinkler system


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