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Sermon – The Brevity of Life

The last two days have been difficult for my family. First we learned of the hit-and-run death of the oldest daughter of some friends of our in Georgia. Then, we were very nearly in a life-altering accident on the way home from my brother’s house that night. Last night, we learned that my cousin died yesterday morning of a massive heart attack. He was 49. My sermon on Sunday morning changed at about midnight Saturday night after the first two events. The audio below is of yesterday’s sermon on “The Brevity of Life.” Please take the time to listen to it.

If you are not right in your relationship with God (whether it be because you have never obeyed the Gospel or you have not been living the life a Christian should) and there is anything I can do to help, or you are unsure what God wants you to do to be right with him… please let me know.

Thanks and God Bless.

Adam

 

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My Favorite Sermon

Last week I had the opportunity to hear my favorite sermon preached yet again. It has been preached by many men in many places. It has utilized various texts over the years and has reached into the hearts of millions as it has been proclaimed. You see, my favorite sermon is not one from a particular text or on a specific topic, it is the sermon that is preached at the funeral of a righteous Christian.

All of us face death at some point in our lives. We certainly will face our own death if time persists, but we also have to face the death of those that we know and love as the years progress. The funeral sermon is one that all have heard to one degree or another, but the funeral sermon for the righteous man or woman is different.

The funeral sermon for the unrighteous is riddled with regret, sadness, and warning. While some try to preach the unrighteous into Heaven to console the family, God’s preacher has no such option. Therefore, it has often been said (and correctly so) that the most difficult sermon for most preachers is the sermon at the funeral of a lost individual. It torments the heart and saddens the soul.

On the other hand, the sermon for the righteous is one filled with joy, thanksgiving, praise, and honor. It is an opportunity to remember a life filled with godliness and positive influence. It is an opportunity to praise the Creator of all men for the blessings bestowed and the promises given. It is an opportunity to give thanks for the blessing the righteous soul had been to the lives of those they touched. It is an opportunity to share in the joy of the knowledge of the release from pain, sorrow, and trial upon this earth.

It is because of these wonderful blessings that such a sermon is my favorite. John wrote, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord… that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them” (Rev. 14:13); and the Psalmist recorded: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psa. 116:15). Such an occasion is truly a time when both Heaven and Earth can equally rejoice for the same reason.

So, now that you know what my favorite sermon is and why, let me ask you to think on a very important question. If you were to die today, would I get to hear my favorite sermon at your funeral?

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Our Destiny

It is common, in American society today, for people to talk about various things being “destiny.” They might be referencing a particular event or person with which they feel they were meant to interact. However, most reference destiny from a purely secular perspective without any thought for Biblical perspective or enlightenment of what true destiny is.

Webster defines “destiny” as, “Something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing: lot or fortune” or “The predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible course of events.” With both of these definitions the emphasis is upon events that are predetermined to occur in such a way that they cannot be avoided. The Bible speaks of two different areas of destiny for every person on the face of this earth, but they are often not the destinies most wish to consider.

It is the destiny of every person to die

From the time he is conceived, man moves steadily toward that destiny of death. In spite of all the medical advances of science, there is no way to avoid death. It comes to everyone, whether old or young. Solomon deals with the topic of death on a number of occasions in the book of Ecclesiastes. A couple of examples include, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die;” (3:1-2), and, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (12:7). The point of Solomon’s inspired musings on this topic is seen in his introduction of the book when he states, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (1:9). Death is a part of life. It is that toward which all men move every moment of life.

Understanding this destiny of man, it is difficult to comprehend why so many put off their preparations for this inevitable event. Not from the standpoint of physical preparations, but spiritual. Every day, the majority of the world goes through life with no treasures laid up in heaven (Mat. 6:19-21), and no hope for the future (Eph. 2:12). The importance of preparing for death could not be overstated.

It is the destiny of every person to stand before God in judgment

Though the number of people who seek in any way to prepare spiritually for death may be small, the number of people who are prepared to stand before God in judgment is even smaller. There are many who will stand before God on the day of judgment rejected by him for not fulfilling his commandments (Mat. 7:21-23).

Paul affirmed that all would appear before God to give an account of their deeds when he wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Solomon resolved, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecc. 12:13-14). We are all destined to stand before God in judgment of our actions, but many have not even begun to consider the ramifications of that truth.

There truly are destinies in place for every person. They cannot be altered or avoided and mankind must be prepared for them. They are not found in the ways many profess, nevertheless the question remains: are you prepared to meet your destiny?

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