The Word says we do not grieve without hope. However, it doesn’t say that we don’t grieve. The point of this is not to avoid pain, but to feel it well. It is important to maintain an eternal perspective when we are going through grieving the loss of a loved one. In everything, we need to stay grounded in the Word. Staying connected to Jesus through grief will not dismiss negative emotions, but it will help you go through them well, with Hope. Something that helped me is actually looking at what the Bible says about death. It’s weird to say it but knowing the theology actually helped guide me through grieving. It set up a safe framework to guide me to the other side of it instead of getting lost in grief. My desire is that you are encouraged, even in grief. We have kind of a slow start here, but only because we wanted to be sure to gently come into this topic, as it is fresh for a lot of people right now.
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40:43 Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church – N.T. Wright
46:39 – 1 Corinthians 15:49-57
49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:09:13 Dealing with Death God’s Way: Real Answers for Real Pain – Lee Armstrong
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