1st Free Will Baptist Church
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  • 1st Free Will Baptist Church
    300 Emerson St, Park Hills, MO 63601, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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Hope In Loss! Week 5 of the series "Thessalonians"

August 4th, 2019 Presented by Pastor Joshua Kennon
"Grief is like putting on a pair of shoes that don’t fit and always hurts your feet, but you can’t take them off... so you just always feel the pain."

“I skimmed some books on grief. They offered ways of not looking death and pain in the face, ways of turning away from death out there to one’s own inner grief process and then, on that, laying the heavy hand of rationality. I will not have it so. I will not look away. I will indeed remind myself that there’s more to life than pain. I will accept joy. But I will not look away from Eric dead. It’s demonic awfulness. I will not ignore it. I owe that to him, and to God.”

~Nicholas Wolterstorff (Lament For A Son)
1. We put our hope in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
2. We put our hope in what Christ has said.

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth of falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to tie a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a steep cliff. Wouldn't you then first discover how much you really trusted it?”

~ C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)
"Peace, shalom, salaam. Shalom is the fullness of life in all dimensions. Shalom is dwelling in justice and delight with God, with neighbor, with oneself, in nature. Death is shalom’s mortal enemy. Death is demonic. We cannot live at peace with death. When the writer of Revelation spoke of the coming of the day of shalom, he did not say that on that day we would live at peace with death. He said that on that day 'There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' I shall try to keep the wound from healing, in recognition of our living still in the old order of things. I shall try to keep it from healing, in solidarity with those who sit beside me on humanity’s mourning bench."

~ Nicholas Wolterstorff (Lament For A Son)