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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20180429 LESSONS THROUGH LOSS

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       Senior Pastor Phil Roland

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Lessons Through Loss
SERMON STARTER
          Last Wednesday evening Dr. Baker, Greenville's renowned orthopedic surgeon, took his last breath and quietly left this life.
He blessed several generations of people with his amazing healing gifts. Hundreds of people walk and use formerly crippled limbs today as a result of his surgical skill. He mentored and trained orthopedic surgeons around the country. His methods and skills took him out of the country on several occasions to mentor surgeons overseas.
          For the past 15 years since his mother's tragic death in 2003, Elder Bob Baker has ministered at his father's side. When his precious mom died, I suggested to Bro. Bob that God had given him a special ministry to his dad. Bob honored both his father and at least one of the Lord's Ten Commandments,

12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.     Exodus 20:12

For more than 40 years now Lois and I have been following the call God gave us to comfort the broken-hearted. During that time I have given more than 600 funeral eulogies and homilies. In more than 2600 hospital visits I have been at the bedside of scores of people as they pass from this life to the next. I have been with countless people and heard their pain over losses in their lives. If this qualifies me to be seen as an “expert” on human grief and tragedy, then I’m an expert.
I attempted to give this sermon more than twenty years ago, but it flopped. Yes, some sermon attempts are just that: attempts. This time I feel like I did what I came to do. These are my personal lessons through loss. Everyone who listens or reads this sermon has their own life’s lessons through loss. You could write your own lessons.
One thing is certain, the losses will come, whether through death of a close loved one or friend, or through situations or circumstances over which you have little or no control. How you will act and react to these losses will reveal the character within you. Will you be bitter or better? The choice is yours.
Pastor Phil   <><<
April 29, 2018
Pastor Phil Roland, Sheepfold Ministries

Lessons Through Loss
Revelation 21:1-4 - Various Texts

“Pain and loss are our teachers in the school of God’s spirit. The lessons will make us bitter or better. The choice is yours.”                     Pastor Phil  <><<

1.   DIVINE APPOINTMENTS ARE JUST-AROUND-THE-CORNER
A. You never know when you might encounter Jesus
          1. Jewish Seder Table (Passover)
              Every Jewish household sets a special place and setting for Elijah                              who they believe will one day return. Their expected Elijah could
                be Jesus or one of His Messengers in common appearance.
                    2. You could be talking with one of his messengers - Heb. 13:2
                        2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have

                          unwittingly entertained angels.
          3. What about the needy that pass your house daily?
                         "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see
                           You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 'When did
                          we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
                          'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 
                        "And the King will answer and say to     them, 'Assuredly, I say to
                          you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My
                          brethren, you did it to Me.'”    Matt 25:37-40
          B. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - John 4
                    1. She is doing a daily redundant needed household chore
                    2. The man who asks for a simple courtesy is Jesus
                    3. She obliges and gets the most profound theological                                       teaching given by Jesus
          C. Jesus meets Zacchaeus, the tax collector - Luke 19
          D. Grieving people are met by Him in unusual ways – Matt. 5:4
              “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
              Eg. Book: Comfort for the Broken-Hearted
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2.   SEE FARTHER THRU A TEAR, THAN A TELESCOPE
          A. Tears Cleanse the Soul
                    1. Holding back tears causes Emotional Congestion
                    2. Often Substance Abuse sufferers numb emotion w/drugs
                    3. Psychology calls tears, "Catharsis" - Emptying Out
B. God sees your tears and knows your heart -Psalm 56:8
“Put my tears into Your bottle (Oh Lord); Are they not in Your book?”
                    1.  Grief, Sorrow over Loss brings awareness of own mortality
LESSONS THROUGH LOSS, cont. p.2

3.   LIFE'S HIGHEST VALUES ARE RELATIONAL - Matt. 22:37; 39
37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
          A. The time for loving is short
          B. We can only to one loving act at a time – Ephesians 5:16
              “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

4.   SUSTAINED ANGER IS AN UNAFFORDABLE LUXURY
"Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.”  (“Don’t give the devil a foothold.” NIV)   Eph. 4:26
          A. Losing someone you love causes natural anger
                    1. Anger covers Fear and becomes the capstone over deeper,                           painful grief emotion
                    2. To grieve we have to remove the capstone
          B. Getting angry is easy, staying angry takes effort
                    1. Anger can block rational thought
                    2. Sustained anger can make you sick
C. God’s love can convert your rage into His peace – Rom. 5:5b
“God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He                    has given us.”
 
5.   LOVE, NOT TIME, HEALS ALL WOUNDS
A. God’s love in and through us is the greatest healer – Psalm 147:3
“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.”
B. His love never fails - 1 Corinthians 13:13
    “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

6.   THE WORLD DOESN’T STOP FOR YOUR GRIEF
          A. Life’s cycles continue: Birth and Death
          B. Love doesn’t die, people do

7.   THOSE YOU LOVE, LEAVE TOO SOON
          A. Human flesh is temporal - Isaiah 40:6b-8
              "All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The
     grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows                       upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades,                    But the word of our God stands forever."
B. Life is like a morning fog – James 4:14
“. . .you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It                     is     even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
C. Human life is unreliable – Job 7:6
"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end             without hope.”
1. Flesh is temporal - "I am a spirit who lives temporarily in a tent"
2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the arm of flesh will fail you
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r11Gmdq__-8
LESSONS THROUGH LOSS, cont. p.3

8.   LIFE'S FRAGILE, HANDLE CAREFULLY
          A. The Gospel of Jesus in Four Statements
Life’s Short – Death’s Sure
                Sin’s the Cause – The Cross, the Cure
          B. Time’s Quick - TIME POEM
              I have only just a minute, Only sixty seconds in it,
                Forced upon me-Can't refuse it;
                Didn't seek it Didn't choose it; But It's up to me To use it.
                I must suffer if I lose it Give account if I abuse it.
                Just a tiny little minute But, eternity is in it!
          C. Death’s Sure – Hebrews 9:27
              “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,”

9.   YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TIME IS NOW
          A. Kingdom Time is Now - Acts 1: 6,7 - Greek = “Kai-ros”
“Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord,                     will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them,
            "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His
              own authority. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has
              come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all
              Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
B. Your best time is NOW - Hebrews 4:7b
              "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."
C. Don’t put God off - 2 Cor. 6:2
          “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

 

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LESSONS THROUGH LOSS
Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

 

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R E L E A S E   I N   J E S U S

Release, My Child, is found in Me.
        I am the Life and True Reality.
Nothing is real, save you and I,
        And the Love I've sent to guide you by.
I feel what you feel.  I know your pain.
        I know those tears thought shed in vain.
I know your anguish, wept in the night:
        All was accomplished before My Sight.
So come to Me and weep no more.
        All you have lost, I will restore.
Your  FROZEN EMOTION I will melt,
        And give you Love you couldn't before have felt.
Put on My Yoke and feel My Lowly Meekness.
        It is my strength overcoming your weakness.
All you that are heavy-laden come to Me.
        I'll give you My Rest and set you free!

Rev. Phil Roland
Copyright, 1982
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On Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, after having been stabbed repeatedly by a man named Lewis Paine, Secretary of State William Seward, lay in a hospital bed physically crippled
and emotionally drained. And to top it all off, he had not yet been told that his close friend, President Abraham Lincoln was dead. So, wanting a better view of the trees that were just
beginning to bloom outside, he asked to have his bed moved closer to the window. As he gazed out upon the beautiful new life in the outside world, he spotted the flag atop the War Department building. It was flying at half-staff. He knew immediately what it meant, but it took a few minutes to sink in. When it did he began to weep and to cry out loud, "The President it dead."
His nurse tried to deny it, but he knew his friend was gone. Overwhelmed by his own situation and his grief for President Lincoln, he began to cry uncontrollably, shaking and weeping until the bandages that held his wounds together were soaked with his tears and his blood.

A few years back, a newspaper in Nashville was doing a series of articles on people who were suffering from a broken heart. They wrote to pastors asking them to consider submitting the names of people they knew who had suffered a broken heart, so they might see about doing some interviews. One perceptive pastor boxed up and mailed them the Nashville telephone directory! He was on target! Just about everyone, sooner or later, will experience a broken heart.

 

 

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