Abundant Life Crusades
May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection. We dare to celebrate the home going of our brother, friend and loved one because Jesus has promised and we believe his word to be true, "Because I live ye shall live also". In this wonderful passage of scripture we find these words of assurance and hope.
Listen to the
Word of grace:
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/Sister (name) will be missed.
We are gathered here today to pay our respects to Brother/Sister (name). Today for comfort and hope, lets turn our thoughts to God's word. He cares for us even when we don't deserve it. We need to trust in God. He is a God of sympathy and understanding. He knows our hurts and loneliness. He knows how we feel. The Bible tells us that He knows our sorrow and records our tears. If He takes the time to see our tears then He knows why they fall from our eyes.
Now Brother (name) cannot come back to us, nor would we call her back if we could. David said of the baby he lost, "He can't come to me but I can go to him."
So Brother (name) 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.
Brother (name) occupied the seat of a Christian. His testimony was great. He was loving, faithful, considerate, understanding, caring, attentive, and compassionate. Brother . was greatly loved and respected and he will be missed by his church family. We weep over ., because of the fond memories and our love. But Mark 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. (name) enjoyed (a long) life. It wasn't always easy, but knowing Jesus gives purpose and meaning. (name) was faithful.
Brother (name) 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. When parents bring children into this world, that is an adventure of faith. They do not know whether the children will bring honor or shame to the family, they proceed with faith. On the other hand, the children cannot know whether the parents will keep faith with them. They may disappoint them or forsake them. One of God's greatest blessings is Godly parents. Children who have such parent need to thank God daily. 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.
occupied the seat of a faithful husband. A wife that Brother
. honored and
respected. His seat is empty, Sister
will need her children more than ever.
. 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.
Always happy and glad to see you. Never complaining, what a
great character he set as an example for us all. And all of us found it easy to
love (name). It is a shame we can't all be like that.
I would like to ask him a few questions. Maybe give answers I think he would give.
just for a moment. For it is death, that has caused us this loss and grief. But
death is an over rated event for the Christian. It is not an enemy but a friend.
You see, death delivers the key that lets the Christian out of the sufferings of
this life into the presence of the living Savior and into a land where there is
no sorrow, no more separation, no sighing. To that place not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens. Where eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man the things which God had prepared for those that
The void is great and (name) will be missed. No human being can quite fill that emptiness. But there is one who can, who is touched by the feelings of your sorrow.
He is the God of all comfort and He can bind the broken heart with His love God loves you and sees your needs, let Him meet those needs today and every day. Lean on Him today and every day.
that He was going to prepare a place for us.
Jesus said in My Father's house is many mansions, rooms, or dwelling places. But this isn't just any house. This is our Father's house. This is where our Father lives. This is a place with many rooms. An ample place for (name) and for all who will believe is welcome.
The most important thing that you and I can do is to make sure that we are prepared to go when death calls us. The question is not; When will death come to me? for none of us knows that, yet we know it will come. So the question must be, Am I ready to meet Jesus when death does come?
We need to look at this today as a graduation service. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known (I Corinthians 13:12). And the question we must ask is, Do you have that eternal life? (John 11:25 KJV) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:(John 11:26 KJV) And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
God loves you, He sees your needs, let Him meet your need. Lean on Him, today and everyday. Trust in God and let Him turn your fears into faith, your sorrows into joy, your doubts into certainty, your loneliness into Divine companionship. Jesus said, "peace I give you, not as the world giveth, let not your heart be troubled, neither be afraid, trust in God"
Here are a few
closing thoughts on a Funeral Sermon:
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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