The Lunch Lady

by Matthew W. Bassford One of the best-attended funerals I’ve ever preached was for a school lunch lady. Her name was Marlene Norris. She was a faithful member of the church in Joliet, with which I was working at the time, along with her husband and three of her children. As is the custom in…

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What Do You See in a Casket?

by Jarrod M. Jacobs After the loss of our sister Goldie last week, as I looked at her body in the casket (James 2:26), the question that I used in the title came to my mind. All people must face the reality of death. There is not a day that goes by that someone on…

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Would it be wrong for me to skip my mother’s funeral?

Question: I am having difficulties getting along with my sister, especially regarding our mom and her care. We just recently lost our father. My sister has been difficult in the past and is more controlling now. I now realize that it is best for my sanity if I take breaks away from her. I don’t…

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Should I apologize for leaving a funeral early?

Question: Good afternoon Brother Hamilton and all the saints in La Vista.  I have a question that I hope doesn’t sound immature or petty. A very close, dear childhood friend of mine died recently and his funeral was today in a denominational church.  Presiding over the ceremony was a self-proclaimed “apostle and bishop” and there…

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Should I participate in my parents’ Hindu burial ceremonies?

Question: Dear Sir, I am from Malaysia. I and my whole family accepted Christ as our personal savior. We submitted ourselves to him and in due time we will be having our water baptism by our local church pastor. But my parents have not accepted Christ as they are Hindu. My parent both are quite…

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Why are flowers sent at funerals?

Question: The Apostle Paul mentioned our bodies, like seeds, will die, and then the raised spirit sprouts like a flower from the dead seed. Which scripture is this? I thought that was a beautiful explanation. Is this why flowers are sent when death occurs? Answer: I believe you are thinking of: “But someone will say,…

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Is it right to say “Rest in Peace” in regard to a known sinner?

Question: I would like to ask a question regarding a statement left by many of my friends, as well as my Christian brothers and sisters in Christ. The statement is “Rest in Peace” to Whitney Houston. I know according to the Bible that no one is in Heaven yet. We all go to Hades either…

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