Sunday, December 03, 2006

O Death, where is your sting? Preaching at a funeral

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “ O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

[1 Corinthians 15:52-55] [more below, verses 50 through 58]

My friend, Sam L., read this verse and quite a few others today.

It was at the funeral of another friend, Jim Umbehr. After Sam's words and the stories about Jim brought out by his three children I decided that there was a lot of Jim's life that I had not known before.

I hope someone will tell about me at my funeral. There are things that should be shared but are only known by those pretty close.

I also hope that someone will preach a sermon at my funeral. A good old fashion revival sermon is my order, that some of my friends who are not Christians may know of Jesus Christ's love for them.

That love for them, just as he loves me, can save them from eternal damnation for their sin. All they need to do is repent and ask the Living Lord Jesus to save them.

That sounds simple, but even the Bible says there are obstacles. In Romans there is a verse that says: "How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" Romans 10:14

That's why I think it would be nice to have Sam preach the Gospel of Jesus at my funeral.


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JIM UMBEHR
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Funeral services for JIM UMBEHR, 77, of Conroe will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Rev. Sam Longbottom officiating. Entombment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery's Chapel in the Park Mausoleum.
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2006 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Mr. Umbehr was born on October 20, 1929 in Seymour, Texas and passed away on November 27 2006 in Conroe, Texas.
Jim was employed by Dresser Industries for over 30 years.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Umbehr of Conroe; Kihm Blount of Conroe, Keen and Eileen Umbehr of Alma, Kansas and Kevin and Falethesa Umbehr of The Woodlands; nine grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the First Baptist Church of Conroe, 600 N. Main, Conroe, TX 77301 or to Lighthouse Hospice, 200 River Pointe, Suite 300, Conroe, TX 77304.
You are invited to leave a written tribute for the family on ...

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 12/1/2006.
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1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (New King James Version) (NKJV) (link)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “ O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Comments:
I am very sorry for the loss of you friend
God rest his soul. Margaret
 
Sorry to hear about your friend. I'm glad the service was good. And Amen to the rest Jim.
 
Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Mr. Umbehr.
Ralph
 
Sorry about your friend Jim. Very good post! I'm sure your wishes for your funeral will be carried out. I think you are right on about a sermon being preached at your funeral (or any funeral) so that any lost there might hear and be saved. Some people don't believe that a sermon should be preached at funerals. I had someone tell me they did not like that, that they thought the funeral should be just to talk about the deceased person only.
 
I to am sorry you lost a friend, Jim!
 

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