Summary: Funeral of a Christian

Funeral: Xxxxx Xxxxx

Thursday, December 27, 2007

On behalf of the family, I want to thank you for the flowers and words of sympathy and your presence here today as we show our respect to Xxxxx Xxxxx.

She was Preceded in Death by:

Husband: Xxxxx, Sr.

Daughter: Xxxxx

Survived by:

Daughter: Xxxxx

Sons: Xxxxx – and his wife Judy

Xxxxx – and his wife Brenda

11 Grandchildren

3 Great Grandchildren

Brother-in-law: Xxxxx – and his wife Sandy

She was a Nurse’s Aid at Prattville Hospital and Baptist Hospital.

She retired in 1989.

She loved to Baby Sit her grandchildren

I understand she cooked some – GOOD biscuits

And she enjoyed – or should I say loved – NASCAR and WRESTLING.

I have known Xxxxx for nearly 20 years. Her son Xxxx and his family became a part of our church – not long after my family and I arrived. I preached her husbands funeral and her daughter Xxxxx funeral. There was a time when she also came to church with her son but when her health deteriorated she was no longer able to attend.

During the time she was active in church, she prayed and ask Christ to forgive her of the sin in her life and accepted Christ as her Savior. It was on that day that the name Xxxxx was written into the Book of Life.

She enjoyed a particular song that I sang and I have been asked to sing that today.

Song: Beulah Land – Pastor Newman

Job, a man that endured great trouble in life spoke of his death this way:

Job 19:25-27

5 "But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,

and he will stand upon the earth at last.

26 And after my body has decayed,

yet in my body I will see God!*

27 I will see him for myself.

Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.

I am overwhelmed at the thought!

Did you notice what Job said:

27 I will see him for myself.

Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.

I am overwhelmed at the thought!

Paul said –

• I am going to see God for myself

• I am going to see him with my own eyes

• I am just overwhelmed at the thought that I will one day see the God of this Universe

• I am overwhelmed that he will raise me up from the dead and I will live with him forever

The Psalmist David was overwhelmed also when he said:

Ps 8:4

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? KJV

Does it boggle your mind – that you will one day see God?

If NOT, You may be overwhelmed at this next comment by Paul the Apostle:

Acts 24:14-15

15 . . . there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. KJV

We will ALL be resurrected – the just and the unjust

We will ALL see God – whether we want to or not.

Bro. Newman – are there some that don’t want to see God.

I can imagine there are many that don’t want to see God

They don’t want to face God – knowing the life they have lived

Bro. Newman – what does the life you live have to do with facing God?

Scripture says at that resurrection that the books will be opened.

What books?

Rev 20:12

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. KJV

We need to think about that today. It will be too late to think about it then.

What has God recorded about you in THE BOOKS and what about the other BOOK – the BOOK OF LIFE.

The Psalmist David said:

Ps 90:9

9 . . . we spend our years as a tale that is told. KJV

That tells me that our lives are a story that God has written down in his BOOKS – and that life will be retold one day as we stand before him.

If your life were flashed over the internet

If your life were flashed over cable TV

For all the world to see – Would you be Proud or Ashamed

David was not ashamed to face God with his life.

David was looking forward to that day.

Ps 16:9-11

9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.*

My body rests in safety.

10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead*

or allow your holy one* to rot in the grave.

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