Pastoral Thoughts on the Funeral and the Treatment of the Body After Death

2 Corinthians 5:1-4

July 28, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

How are we to treat the body after the soul is departed? The church's approach to death, the funeral service, and the treatment of the remains has been more and more shaped by pagan cultural influences than by Scripture. While the Bible does not prohibit cremation, the language of the Bible most certainly moves in the direction of burial of the dead rather than the burning of the dead.

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What's Going on at The Lord's Table?

John 6:51-66; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 • September 1, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We apologize for the distortion of the audio on this recording. The Apostle Paul says that our participation at the Lord's Table proclaims the gospel leading to reflection and repentance in anticipation of our reunion with the Lord at His return. But why do we eat bread and drink wine? What is the significance of these specific elements In John 6, Jesus says the bread is His flesh and the wine is his blood. Further He says, if we do not eat the flesh of Jesus and drink the blood of Jesus, we have no life. What is happening at the Lord's Table when we eat the bread and drink the wine?

Turn Us and Return to Us

Psalm 80 • August 18, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Psalm 80 is a lament under the dark providences of God and appeal to God's character to shine forth in the darkness of His providence. How does God reveal Himself to us when our prayers go unanswered and our spirits are weighed down by God's absence?

The Paradox in Perseverance

Hebrews 12 • August 11, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Only those believers who persevere and endure to the end will be finally saved. The paradox in our perseverance is that God keeps us from falling but we keep ourselves in the love of God. Keeping ourselves requires discipline and effort on our part by the enabling of God through His grace. What does this discipline and effort look like in practical terms?