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The Obituary of Jesus

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Have you ever seen the obituary of Jesus in the newspaper? He died many many years ago. In all of your reading have you ever heard the phrase “the late Jesus”? The heathens have not even uttered these words.

No, you have not and will not see his obituary because He is still alive and dwells among us!!

I Corinthians 15:20-22 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.” We, too, even though we physically die can be alive in Christ.

Upon our physical death, our obituary will be published in the local newspaper. There will be displays of sorrow and grief from our family and friends because they will miss us. But we have the assurance that one day we will be in His presence if we have been born again to new life in Him. “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection.” Romans 6:5Romans 6:5
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

5 For if we have become united with [him] in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of his resurrection;

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How to Support a Grieving Person

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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There are many things associated with the pastoral ministry but perhaps there is nothing as difficult as dealing with a person who is grieving. Since individuals handle bereavement in various ways, it is also important to adapt to each person’s needs at the time. Emotions are at their peak during their distress.

When notified of the death of a church family member, member of your family or a friend, it is important to verbalize your sympathy and offer to help in any way possible. It is best to visit with the grieving loved ones one-on-one at a location of their choosing. Often the conversation will focus on the special attributes of the deceased person and the building of memories. Generally the grieving loved ones just need to talk to someone to help them work through their grief. A gentle hug can also bring solace.

Don’t worry ahead of time what you will say or do — facing the person will dictate your response. The important thing is just to be there and listen.

Make a point of scheduling regular visits with the family to see how they are doing. Mark your calendar for occasional connections to help with any bereavement issues. Find a poem or other memento that can be given to the family at the one-year anniversary of their loved one’s death. This thoughtful gesture is usually much appreciated and helps the family know their loved one is still remembered.

How a pastor handles a grieving family and memorial service tends to contribute to the future effectiveness of the pastor’s relationship with the family. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do, what to say or how to pray. Usually the loved ones will not remember these things, but just the fact you were there for comfort and care during their overwhelming loss.

Always let a grieving person know you are there for them, that you love them and that God loves them!

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