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Summary: Old age is creeping up on us! How will we as Christians handle it? This sermon incorporates an amusing story to help us think about old age.

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THE AGING CHRISTIAN

Genesis 25:7-8

[7]This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years.

[8] Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.

Who is the oldest person here today?

Are you still enjoying life?

Do you folks remember Norma Longbons.

Remember how she started coming to church here?

She drove here from Albion!

She played the organ for us.

She didn’t go to sleep during the sermons.

And she was 93? when she died last year!

I found this interesting tidbit on the internet this week:

Did you know that a woman who reaches age 50 today -- and remains free of cancer and heart disease -- can expect to see her ninety-second birthday? Or that the average healthy man who is 65 today ... can expect to live until 81? Today eight out of ten people live past their 65th birthday. The current life expectancy of about 75 years may rise to 90 and 100 in the foreseeable future. Instead of worrying about dying we have to worry about living. What do I do with all this leftover life? How long will I work? Will I have enough money for retirement? Will I be healthy enough to enjoy those years? Or will it simply be an existence without meaning?

Transition:

Today, I want to tell you the story of Hiram & Rebecca Simmons

Hiram is 95 and Rebecca is 92 years old.

They have been married 75 years.

The local newspaper sent a reporter out to interview them.

’’What I need to do,’’ the reporter explained,

’’is to interview you separately.

It just seems to make for a better story, when I do it that way.

So, if you don’t mind waiting, Mrs. Simmons,

I’ll go out on the porch with your husband

and visit with him for a few moments first.’’

After they were settled on the porch,

the reporter began his interview.

’’Mr. Simmons, I know you get tired of people asking you this,

but what do you think is the secret to a long, happy life?’’

’’Well...’’ Mr. Simmons said thoughtfully.

’’I get up early every morning.

I eat pretty good.

I drink a little glass of wine every night before going to bed!

And I get lots of exercise.

I read my Bible and pray every day!

I go to church every Sunday!

And...oh, yeah! God talks to me!’’

Transition:

Today, we’re going to think about growing old.

How many want to grow old?

The Bible tells us Abraham served God his entire life.

He was 100 when his son Isaac was born. (Genesis 21:5).

He lived to be 175 years old (Genesis 25:7).

It’s not likely that any of us will accomplish that.

But, today, let’s think about this:

Point #1.

The Christian should grow old…

WITH GOD IN MIND

Isaiah 46:3, 4 "Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you."

Allow me to read that same passage from The Message translation

"Listen to me, family of Jacob, everyone that’s left of the family of Israel. I’ve been carrying you on my back from the day you were born, And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old. I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and gray. I’ve done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you."


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