November 30, 2017

11.26.17 Speaking Frankly about Death: The Final Word

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Read along with Ephesians 1:15-23

 

In this podcast: 

1. Anthem of the day: "Let This Mind Be In You" (Craig Courtney)

2. Sermon 

3. BONUS: homework assignment for the week and benediction

 

Sermon excerpt: 

Christ is “our king as we sit in the waiting room, as the test results come back, as we weep over the grave, as we watch the wars escalate and the darkness deepen.

“He is our king when hope seems lost, that voice we will listen to when promises seem shattered, when our lives have no direction, and when we can’t imagine anything tomorrow could bring that might fill this hole within us.”[1]

The work of faith is to believe that Christ, not fear, gets the final word.

The work of faith is to believe that Christ, not chaos, has the final word.

The work of faith is to believe that Christ, not death, has the final word.

The work of faith is to live like we actually believe that Christ really does get the final word.

[1] Erickson, A Presacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series, p. 80.

 

Here's a link to Dr. Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture" mentioned in the sermon:  

https://youtu.be/Wn9L4CxAaQY

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