1. What the gospel promises is not escape from our humanity, but resurrection from the dead.
  2. Salutary funeral preaching seeks to set the life of the baptized believer who has died within the life of Christ incarnate, crucified, risen, and reigning.
  3. I want the beginning of my funeral to be focused on Jesus, as well as the middle, the end, and every point in between.
  4. Who we are buried with matters. But there is no need to go out and find a dead prophet so you can join him six feet under.
  5. You can die now, you can let go, and because that is true, you can begin to live!
  6. Christians do have a hope that those who sleep in death will be awakened and their joy will never end, and we yearn for that day.
  7. Herod fulfills his promise so that Jesus can fulfill His; John decreases, Jesus increases.
  8. Just like in the previous interview, I had to rewind to make sure I was hearing all this right. Yeah, that's actually what he said.
  9. When sin comes out of the shadows and makes itself known, Christians can rest in and declare Christ's resurrection.
  10. We do not have to endure the pain and suffering of this fallen existence forever, just for a little while.
  11. The good news is Christ Jesus is faithful to the end, even to the point of death and through death, with a steadfast and vocal faith in God our Savior for those who cannot do so in their lives any longer on account of their altered state.
  12. We are all veterans of some sort. Wounded from little wars with no heroes welcome and scars disguised as character flaws. Let the dead bury their own. Grab a seat, O weary soldiers. Let us entertain you with a fairy tale that might be actually be real.
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