At Uncle Jim’s funeral service

Posted: November 29, 2007 in Blogroll, Life, Personal, religion, Thoughts, Uncategorized

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A while back, I mentioned First Corinthians 5:1 of the Bible — “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” The Apostle Paul, the writer of this Bible passage, was writing to fellow believers, that is, to people who had a personal relationship with God. Basically, believers are people who sincerely believe that God the Son, Jesus, died on the cross for their sins; he took their punishment. Because of that, God the Father has forgiven them and is in a personal relationship with them. God the Holy Spirit is now walking with them step by step in life until they finally die and then they will live on in heaven. John 3:16 is probably the most well-known Bible verse — “For God so loved the world that He sent His only son, that whoever believes in him will not die, but have eternal/everlasting life.”

            Like Stan whom I mentioned a while back, so my Uncle Jim could appreciate First Corinthians 5:1 for himself. In fact, I used this passage at Uncle Jim’s funeral service. For 50 years, Uncle Jim struggled with paranoid schizophrenia. He couldn’t think straight and he couldn’t live in relationship with others very well. Uncle Jim could say with the Apostle Paul, and with me, and with Stan, “Ah, finally I have inherited a “building” – a clear mind — from God which won’t ever torment me again.”  Like Stan, Uncle Jim, me, the Apostle Paul, and many others, do you know that of yourself?  Do you have that hope-filled perspective?  We can talk about it, if you want. 

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