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Summary: Larry was a 72 year old faithful Christian. This funeral sermon speaks of his preparation and participation in the heavenly things.

Welcome/Intro

"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

5. To Glorify God

"As gold is purified in the furnace, so the faithful heart is purified by sorrow." -- Guarini

Song: No Tears

Song: He Leadeth Me

Obituary & Prayer

Larry Wayne Seitz, 72, originally of Omaha Nebraska, passed away surrounded by family and friends on April 25th, 2016.

He was born on February 11, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the youngest of three brothers. He graduated from Benson High School in Omaha.[BTW, Larry played football with Nick Nolte on the Benson "Bunnies" FB team]. Shortly after graduating, Larry entered the Air Force. While in the Air Force, he met Linda Gayle Bowmen and married on December 17, 1966 in Amarillo, Texas. He has been a member the South Yukon Church of Christ since 1976.

Larry was an optician for 50+ years, and his mission in life was to help others see the world clearly.

He is survived by his 6 children: Angela, Marta, Lylia, Reese, T.C., and Andrea Seitz; two granddaughters: Alexis and Piper Stowe; and his brother, Sid Seitz. He is also survived by his loving church family and the many, many people he has touched over his lifetime.

"See ya later Crabby!!" Larry Seitz.

Prayer

Song: In Christ Alone

Song: Hosanna

Eulogy

2 Timothy 4.6-8

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

I. Our Time to Proceed -- Departure

A. There are no exceptions --

Before his death in 1981, American writer William Saroyan telephoned in to the Associated Press this final, and said: "Everybody has got to die, but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?"

Psalm 116.15

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

* Precious Passing -- A few of us went to Larry's ICU Room the night he passed. Once there, Glen Davis asked to lead a prayer. He prayed for Larry's transition from this life to the next. AS SOON AS HE SAID, "Amen," Larry passed. Angela, through her tears said, "That was what he was waiting for." -- It was a precious experience for us.

* The word also means costly. The world is worse off today without Larry Seitz. It's costly to the cause of Christ for him to be away from us even though this is what we prepare for in our walk with God.

B. Paul had an idea of his time to go -- He was ready

We were all shocked at Larry's passing. Maybe he had an insight that his time was at hand.

A sense in which it is at hand for all of us

C. Paul saw his life as an offering to God -- Romans 12.1; Philippians 2.17;

Larry -- Offered Himself to God

* Studious -- Bibles and LXX; Apocryphal Books

* Humble, Servant Spirit

Got out of hospital last time and went to Skyline Mission where he made glasses for people in need

Also provided glasses for Africa

Organ Donor

* Contrite -- "No animosity toward anyone"

* Sacrificial Giving

[Once gave glasses to a lady who couldn't afford them. Remember, his mission in life was to help others see the world clearly. In the course of the transaction he found out that she needed a water heater, so, in spite of his own financial need with a houseful of kids, he bought the water heater and tried to put it in. When he was unable, he called Tom Rackley and the two of them spent four hours installing it.

* Counted others better than himself

* Practiced Pure Religion -- James 1.27 -- Fatherless

* Family Significance -- Husbands Love Wives; Father bring up children in nurture and admonition of LORD

o His favorite story: Bought new Ford Pick-up; Linda let 10 year old Angela sit in driver's seat and was going to let her drive down the neighborhood street. Angela revved the engine in park and blew it. Larry came, found out, kissed her on the forehead and let it go. He found a new engine.

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