Tag Archives: Death

What Happens When Sinners Say “I Do”?

Did you know that your spouse is a sinner?  Yes, it’s true.  You married a sinner…and so did your spouse!  Sorry to lay that one on ya, but it’s true.  We are not perfect and when you get married, you marry an imperfect person with flaws, baggage, annoying habits, struggles, and a constant fight to please themselves over you.

So now that I dropped that bombshell on you, I thought it might be good to help you with this new revelation.  How about I suggest a book to you…41k0ystnbxl-_sx331_bo1204203200_

Book Review:  When Sinners Say I Do by Dave Harvey

The Good:

That’s Deep.  It’s like the author reaches into your soul in order pull out a good spouse.  There is incredible spiritual depth.  As Marty McFly would say…it’s heavy.  But, be patient, the book starts off pretty heavy but sets a very good foundation for the practical steps in the chapters that follow.  Topics that flow in the next few chapters include confrontation, forgiveness, communication, and sex.

Is “Teaching Illustrations” a spiritual gift?  Man, this dude can give illustrations.  I mean anything from riding a bike to opening gifts a Christmas…he is able to bring everyday life examples to drive home valuable lessons.  I mean, the author even snuck in Frodo and Luke Skywalker in there.  As a visual learner, this was very helpful in absorbing the material.

Beautiful End.  This was quite the twist.  I did not expect an ending that was so emotional and poetic.  Nearly brought to tears reading stories of marriages enduring through tragedy, I found it to be a perfect ending.  Although speaking of “till death do us part” as the final thoughts would not have been my first choice in writing the ending of a marriage book.  But you know what?  It worked.  Actually, it was masterful.  By far my favorite part of the book, and it left a sweet transition into putting the book’s lessons into practice in my own marriage.

The Bad:

What Just Happened?  There were times where I asked myself, “Self, where is he going with this?”.  On rare occasion, the transition from one point to another needed a little more.  We started merging on the freeway at 75 miles an hour and I needed time to put on my blinker.  You get me?

The Grade:  A-.  Based on the title, it might not be a good idea to buy it for your spouse.  How about buying it for yourself first?  Yeah, that’s a good idea.  This book allows reality to set in on marriage.  Fairytales do not exist.  Sure, falling in love is magical.  Your spouse is a gift that fills a part of your heart that was reserved only for them.  But…Life happens.  There are car problems, job losses, sick kids, sleepless nights…it’s not always unicorn rides over rainbows.  So when that happens, when tension rises along with your blood pressure…how will you work through marriage as a flawed, sinful, and mistake-filled person with someone else who is all those things too.  You’ll have to read this book (which points to the real answers found in God’s Word) to find out.

 

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Funeral Bible Passages & Resources

Over the past couple years, I’ve been collecting passages that can be used in a funeral service.  A funeral is a time where I never want to be unprepared.  I’m hoping this will help you as you minister to hurting families, and also allow the service to be a time where the Gospel can be shared with the grieving.  After reading, PLEASE share some of the passages that are on your list.

FUNERAL OF SOMEONE CLOSE/KNOWN

Psalm 90:12-17

FUNERAL OF DEAR SAINT “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

Psalm 116:15funeral
Ecclesiastes 7:1-2
Acts 20:24
Job 19:26-27

COMFORT FOR THE LIVING

Isaiah 65:17-19; 25
Isaiah 35:3-10
Colossians 2:5
Matthew 11:28-30

EVANGELISTIC MESSAGE

Acts 2:28, 37-39
John 14:6
Ephesians 2:8-9
John 3:16
Romans 10:9-10
I John 5:13

VERSATILE PASSAGES

Psalm 23
Psalm 84:10-12

DEATH OF A BABY

2 Samuel 12:14-31
Matthew 19:14

UNEXPECTED DEATH

I Corinthians 13:12

 

GRAVESITE READINGS:

I Thess. 4 (End Times)
I Corinthians 15:20-23, 42-44,50-58 

 

ARTICLES & QUOTES

Lee Strobel – Suffering

D.L. Moody once said: “Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.”

Alexander Maclaren:  “Fleeting as our days are, they are ennobled by our being permitted to be God’s “tools”; and although we the workers have to pass, our work may be established. That life will not die which has done the will of God. But we must walk in the favor of God, so that there can flow down from us deeds which breed not shame but shall outlast the perishable earth and follow their doers into the dwelling places of those eternal habitations”

http://youtu.be/0osq6PSrMek – Matt Chandler on Death

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