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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
JUNE 3, 2018
RICHARD COOLEY
JUNE 10, 2018
DAVID COOLEY
JUNE 17, 2018
PHILIP DOSETT
JUNE 24, 2018
FLOYD PIERCE
JULY 1, 2018
RICK PETRONE
SPEAKERS IN JUNE
“…those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.” (1 Th. 4:14 NASB)

How are we to react when one of our loved ones dies in the Lord? Some Christians fall apart
emotionally. Others, while sorrowful, are able to bear up heroically. It depends on how deep our roots are
in God and how fully we appropriate the great truths of our faith.

First of all, we should view the death from the Savior’s standpoint. It is an answer to His prayer in John
17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may
behold my glory…” When our loved ones go to be with Him, He sees of the travail of His soul and is
satisfied (Isa. 53:11). “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psa. 116:15).

Then we should appreciate what it means to the one who has died. He has been ushered in to see the
King in His beauty. He is forever free from sin, sickness, suffering and sorrow. He has been taken away
from the evil to come (Isa. 57:1). “Nothing compares with the homegoing of a saint of God…to go home,
to leave these old clods of clay, to be loosed from the bondage of the material-welcomed by the
innumerable company of angels.” Bishop Ryle wrote, “The very moment that believers die, they are in
paradise. Their battle is fought. Their strife is over. They have passed through that gloomy valley we
must one day tread. They have gone over that dark river we must one day cross. They have drunk that
last bitter cup which sin has mingled for man. They have reached that place where sorrow and sighing
are no more. Surely we should not wish them back again! We should not weep for them but for
ourselves.” Faith appropriates this truth and is enabled to stand firm like a tree planted by rivers of water.

For us the death of a loved one always involves sadness. But we sorrow not as others who have no
hope (1 Th. 4:13). We know that our loved one is with Christ, which is far better. We know that the
separation is only for a little while. Then we will be reunited on the hillsides of Immanuel’s land, and will
know each other under better circumstances than we have ever known down here. We look forward to
the Lord’s coming when the dead in Christ shall rise first, we who are alive and remain shall be caught
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1
Th. 4:16, 17). This hope makes all the difference.

And so the consolations of God are not too small for us (Job 15:11). Our sorrow is mingled with joy, and
our sense of loss is more than compensated by the promise of eternal blessing.
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11
a.m. Family Bible Hour on Sunday,
June 24,
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8. Along with his wife Helen he served as a
missionary in Brazil for 35 years.  The Helen
Leticia Pierce Christian Schools may be seen at
www.escolacrista.com  Floyd serves as an
elder and Sunday School teacher in the adult
class that currently studies
the Gospel of John.  
They have three grown children and many
foster children in Brazil.  They are grandparents
to nine grandchildren and seven  great grand
children. They offer free Bible correspondence
courses in English and Portuguese at this site.
Click here