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Melba's Celebration
  • WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF DEATH

    DEATH IS UNITY WITH OUR REAL PURPOSE
    DEATH IS NOT ABOUT SEPARATION

    DEATH IS ALL ABOUT UNITY

    1. Brings Family Together

    When someone dies... Many times that is the only time the family gets together
    WHEN SOMEONE DIES… MANY TIMES THAT IS THE ONLY TIME THE FAMILY WILL GET TOGETHER
    Often in death those who have been separated by bitterness make amends
    OFTEN IN DEATH, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED BY BITTERNESS MAKE AMENDS
    Many times divided families come together at a death.
    NEXT: DEATH UNIFIES A PERSON WITH THEIR TRUE PURPOSE

    2. Death Unifies A Person With Their True Purpose

    A SEED MUST DIE TO FULFILL ITS TRUE PURPOSE AND DESTINY
     Unless a kernle of wheat falls into the ground and dies
     Unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies
    John 12:24 NLT
    I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.
    No pain -- No gain
    NO PAIN – NO GAIN
      I die daily 
      I die daily 
    1 Corinthians 15:31 NLT
    For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you.
    NEXT: 3. Death Brings Us Into Unity With Our Final Destination

    3. Death Brings Us Into Unity With Our Final Destination

    ETERNAL INTIMACY WITH GOD IS OUR FINAL DESTINATION

    ETERNAL INTIMACY WITH GOD

    THE WHOLE REASON WHY JESUS CAME WAS TO SECURE OUR FINAL DESTINATION
    NEXT: God SO loved the world
    God SO loved the world
    John 3:16 NLT
    “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
    God Wants To Marry You.  Wedding of the Lamb ... Bride has made herself ready
    Revelation 19:7 NLT
    Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself.
      God SO loved the world
     I promised you to one husband, Christ...
     Wedding of the Lamb ... Bride has made herself ready
    2 Corinthians 11:2 NLT
    For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.
    To Be Absent From The Body Is To Be Present With The Lord.
      I promised you to one husband, Christ...
    Death Opens The Door For Resurrection (New Life)
    No Resurrection Without Death
    2 Corinthians 5:8 NLT
    Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
    And so shall we be forever with the Lord
    1 Thessalonians 4:15–18 NLT
    We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
    NEXT: God Has Been Excitedly Anticipating Melba’s Arrival

    God Has Been Excitedly Anticipating Melba’s Arrival

    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints
    Psalm 116:15 NLT
    The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.
    We Can Be Excited Because We Have Hope

    We Can Be Excited Because We Have Hope

    Don’t grieve like people who have no hope
    1 Thessalonians 4:13–14 NLT
    And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
    . I am torn... I want to depart and be with Christ which is better by far...
      I am torn... I want to depart and be with Christ which is better by far...
    Often in death those who have been separated by bitterness make amends
    No pain -- No gain
    Philippians 1:21–26 NLT
    For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
      I die daily 
    UNDERSTAND THAT GOD'S ULTIMATE PLAN IS EXTRAVAGANTLY LOVING US FOREVER
     Husbands love your wives- wives submit to husbands is all about Christ and the church.
     I will betroth you to me forever
    one as we are one
    And so shall we be forever with the Lord
     Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints
    UNDERSTAND THAT THROUGH DEATH GOD PROTECTS THE RIGHTEOUS   The righteous are taken to be spared from evil2 Kings 22:19-20  King Josiah saved from disasterProv 14:32 Even in death, the righteous have a refugeUNDERSTAND OUR ETERNAL PROMOTION2 Cor 5:1-10    Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling1 Thess 5:1-11 Whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with Him
      don't be ignorant or grieve like the rest of men
      I am torn... I want to depart and be with Christ which is better by far...
    Brings family together
    Many times divided families come together at a death.
    2. Unifies A Person with Their True Purpose
    Seed dies to come into it’s purpose
    3. Opens The Door For Resurrection
    No Resurrection Without Death
    Only Death Can Bring Life
    1. EXTRAVAGANTLY LOVING US FOREVER
      God SO loved the world
      Wedding of the Lamb ... Bride has made herself ready
     I will betroth you to me forever
    one as we are one
     And so shall we be forever with the Lord
     Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints
    2. UNDERSTAND THAT THROUGH DEATH GOD PROTECTS THE RIGHTEOUS
      The righteous are taken to be spared from evil
      King Josiah saved from disaster
      • John 12:24NLT

      • 1 Corinthians 15:31ANIV

      • John 3:16NIV2011

      • Revelation 19:7ANIV

      • 2 Corinthians 11:2ANIV

      • 2 Corinthians 5:8KJV1900

      • 1 Thessalonians 4:15–18ANIV

      • Psalm 116:15KJV1900

      • 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14ANIV

      • Philippians 1:21–26ANIV

      • 2 Timothy 4:7–8NIV2011

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