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Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the believers to demonstrate the Love of Christ by providing emotional support - and assistance - to those that have loss their fathers, mothers, sons and daughters while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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"Good Grief”

Luke 7:11-17 (ESV)

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris, Jr.

West Fort Hood Chapel

Communion Sunday

Killeen, TX

6 June 2010

Big Idea: Believers should show compassion and provide emotional support - and assistance - to those that have loss their sons and daughters while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Scriptural References: EAI (Expository; Application; Illustration); Luke 4:24-26 (NIV) “I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon; Luke 7:11-17 (ESV) The Raising of the Widow’s son at Nain; 1 Kings 17:7-24 (ESV) – The Widow at Zarephath – Jar of flour/Jug of oil: Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him (Elijah): “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath …; 1 Kings 17:17-24 (ESV) The Widow son became ill; Matthew 10:41 (NIV) Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward; John 5:24 (Lazarus brought to life);

I. ANNOUNCE THE PERICOPE: Luke 7:11-17 (ESV)

II. READ THE PERICOPE: Luke 7:11-17 (ESV)

III. READ THE TEXT: Luke 7:12-13 (ESV) As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

IV. PURPOSE: Believers should demonstrate the Love of Christ by providing emotional support - and assistance - to those that have loss their fathers, mothers, sons and daughters while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

V. SERMONIC THEME: "Good Grief”

VI. INTRODUCTION:

“Good Grief!”

According to the National Mental Health Center – Grief is defined as “the normal response of sorrow, emotion, and confusion that comes from losing someone or something important to you.

It’s not strange to “grieve” because is a natural part of life on this side of heaven. Grief is the typical reaction that New Soldiers experience when they – for the first time – leave their home of record and their friends and family.

Grief is what happens when someone loses their job or their spouse to divorce. Grief is a typical reaction to death.

One of the signs of grieving is identified in how it feels.

******* TAKE 5 BEATS *******

MOVE 1: Just after a death or loss, one may feel empty and numb as if you were in shock.

a. In some cases, Soldiers and family members experience trembling, and trouble breathing.


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