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Summary: A sermon given at the funeral service for a minister, Bishop, husband, father and my friend. He want a message that would touch the unsaved hearts of family and friends and bring them to Jesus.

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Funeral Service sermon for Bishop Mike Brandebura

Listen to the Word of grace:

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and I am life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet they shall live,

and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end the first and the last. I died and behold I am alive for evermore, and I hold the keys of hell and death because I live, you shall live also.

Scripture Verses:

The Word of God tells us that:

Dying, Christ destroyed our death.

Rising, Christ restored our life.

This is our Christian hope.

I want to offer our most heart felt condolences to Ann, Lula, Debbie and all of the family for their loss and heaven’s gain.

I would like to share one short scripture verse from

I Samuel 20:18, ..., and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

These flowers, the cards, and your presence are a testimony that Brother Mike will be missed.

When we lose a loved one, it leaves an emptiness that’s hard and often impossible to fill. Brother Mike occupied a number of seats in his life, seats that will be difficult and impossible to fill.

Brother Mike is receiving the welcome of eternity. Did you know that there are folks on the other side who have been waiting for this moment and their happiness now is as great as our sorrow.

He has a new seat, (Eph 2:6 KJV) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

In this life Brother Mike occupied the seat of a Christian. His testimony was great. He was loving, faithful, considerate, understanding, caring, attentive, and compassionate. Brother Mike was greatly loved and respected and his church family will miss him. We weep because of the fond memories and our love. But Mike loved Jesus with all his heart. He wasn’t afraid to speak about his Savior. Because he knew the Lord as his Savior, it gave him purpose for life. He enjoyed life. Jesus does give meaning to life. And the Christian life is a happy, enjoyable life. It wasn’t always easy, but knowing Jesus gives purpose and meaning.

Brother Mike also occupied the seat of a faithful husband. A wife that Brother Mike honored and respected. His seat is empty; Sister Ann will need her children more than ever Mike kept the faith with his wife. When two people enter the marriage bond, they do so in faith. Neither one knows whether the other will always be true. But they accept each other on faith, taking their vows, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer. Faith is a lovely thing at the marriage altar, but it is far more lovely after many, many wedding anniversaries have been celebrated at which one can say, Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three for the greatest of these is love

Brother Mike occupied the seat of a faithful husband. A wife that Brother Mike honored and respected. His seat is empty; Sister Ann will need her children more than ever Mike kept the faith with his wife. When two people enter the marriage bond, they do so in faith. Neither one knows whether the other will always be true. But they accept each other on faith, taking their vows, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer. Faith is a lovely thing at the marriage altar, but it is far more lovely after many, many wedding anniversaries have been celebrated at which one can say, Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three for the greatest of these is love.

Mike occupied the seat of a faithful father and grandfather. Proverbs 31:10-31. This seat is now empty. You have the memories, they are wonderful memories of a father that loved you and cared about you. There will a great void in you life that only God can fill. He kept the faith with his children. His children enjoyed the privilege of a Christian father and his faith will remain a part of both of you. This love will remain with you for the rest of your lives. No one can take the memories, they are precious to you.

Brother Mike occupied the seat of a faithful friend. He kept the faith with his friends. All the cards, flowers, and people speak to that fact. Never did I hear him say a bad word about anyone. Always happy and glad to see you. Never complaining, what a great character he set as an example for us all.

I would like to think for a few minutes that if Mike were able to come back for a few moments and was filling his seat in this church.

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