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A HANDBOOK FOR MINISTERS WHO DESIRE
By SAMUEL M. SMITH
Copyright © 1989 by Up Way Publications
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To The Service
IT HAS often been said that music
is an international language, and that is really very true. The listener
may not understand a single word of the lyrics, and still be touched by
the melody and rhythm they hear. Grown, burly men can be touched to such
a degree that they break down and cry like babies by just the sound of
certain “tear-jerker” songs, other types of rhythm, harmony or melody may
make you want to worship, to dance, or feel romantic or to become erotic
|Or better yet, just leave now. Nobody will notice if you leave now.”
Whether you are the minister of music, the pastor, or just a member of the church who has been called upon to lead the song service, your prayer for God’s anointing and careful listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit in selecting the right songs and choruses, the right key and the right tempo (beat) is one of the most important things affecting the outcome of that service!!! With the proper anointing on the songleader, the pastor or evangelist, who may have prayed, even fasted, and studied and prepared several sermons and still feels unsure of which one to preach, may sense the leading of the Holy Spirit through the words of one or more of the songs sung in that service or the response of the entire congregation or the tears of joy or repentance of just one person, whether a regular member or a visitor who has been touched by a song especially anointed for that service.
As we have said several other places in this book, “... the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isaiah 10:27).
I know that on numerous occasions when I have gotten into the pulpit to preach and have even felt sure what I was going to preach, something about certain words in a song and the response I saw on the face or faces of persons in the congregation caused me to begin talking about that song, perhaps telling how the songwriter came to pen those words, or how responding to those words changed my own life or the life of someone I knew, or even a whole church. And from there, the service went a completely different way than I had planned and thought I had the Holy Spirit’s leading to go!
If you are leading the song service, always heed the words of the song and “Give of your best to the Master.” He is not satisfied with your second best, and, even more important, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17). In fact, the meaning of the original words translated sin in both the Old and New Testaments mean “you missed the mark,“ and the Greek word Amartia, a derivitive of Amartano, was an archery term which not only meant “you missed the mark,” but even more specifically, you fell short of the mark. So, if you are not singing your BEST for Jesus, you are sinning!
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It is my prayer that this little
book will be helpful to you and a resource to turn to when you need guidance
in finding the will of the Lord in any situation, or don’t know the appropriate
form to follow for a baptism, dedication, wedding, ordination, funeral
or other formal occasion.
Minister: “Dearly beloved, we are about to obey an ordinance given to us by none other than Jesus, Himself. Communion is not an option. It should be a time of honest soul searching, consecration of your life to Jesus Christ and thanksgiving for the awful price that He paid for your salvation and healing.
“Communion is a time of real consecration and soul searching. And consecration is something that is lacking in the lives of far too many of those who name the name of Jesus Christ today.
“As we continue this service, please be in a spirit of prayer that the Holy Spirit will search your heart and convict you of any hidden sin, that you may repent and so be worthy to partake of the elements of this communion.
“Our scripture reading today is taken from the writings of the Apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 11:23-30.
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you. That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: This do as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show forth the Lord’s death till He come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
The context of Paul’s giving us that passage was the way in which communion was being abused as a feast meal. Paul rebuked the abuse and gave a stern warning that the partaking of the Lord’s Supper unworthily could bring sickness and death.
As an optional reading, you might prefer to read from the Gospel of Matthew or the Gospel of Luke as follows:
Minister: “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28).
Minister: “And he took bread, and gave thanks and broke it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19).”
Every minister who preaches and teaches the same Gospel that the early
Apostles preached and taught should hope and pray that of all the ceremonies
he conducts water baptism should be the most frequent. I strongly recommend
that every one of the following verses be quoted and explained much as
follows. The minister should first talk with and assure himself that
the baptismal candidate understands the serious nature of the ceremony.
Many times, the minister may have occasion to baptize a single person
with only one or two witnesses, but it can be a great blessing for all
if it is done as a part of a regular church service, usually near the close.
Marriage is both a religious and legal civil form and therefore must
comply with all local and state laws as well as meeting the moral and spiritual
needs of the couple, their friends and family. As a minister, it is your
responsibility to learn what requirements must be met in order for the
marriages you solemnize to be properly recognized by law. Persons unknown
to the minister should be required to produce satisfactory legally acceptable
evidence of their true identity and the minister should do all he can to
counsel and advise the prospective husband and wife on how to have a successful
lifetime relationship. The minister’s wife may provide additional counselling
to the prospective bride.
|Minister (to the woman to be married):
“Wilt thou (bride’s name), have this man, (groom’s name), to be thy lawfully wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy state of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him, serve him, love, honor and keep him, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, to keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?”
The bride should answer, “I will.”
Minister: Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?
The Bride’s father or other person standing to present her should answer, “I do,” or “Her mother and I do.” He should then place her hand in the hand of the Minister and then be seated. The Minister will then place the hand of the bride in the right hand of the groom and instruct the groom to repeat after him one line at a time:
“I, (groom’s name), do hereby take thee, (bride’s name), to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto, I pledge to thee my troth.”
The bride should then take the man's right hand in her right hand and likewise repeat after the minister:
“I,(woman’s name), do hereby take thee, (man’s name), to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto, I pledge to thee my troth.”
Then the couple should loose their hands and the groom give to the bride a ring, The bride should hand the ring to the Minister who will hand it again to the groom to place on the third or finger next to the little finger of the bride’s left hand. After placing the ring on her finger, the man should say, (the Minister may prompt the words):
“With this ring, I thee wed, and all my worldly goods I bestow upon thee, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honor forever. Amen.”
(If the bride is also giving a ring to the groom, the above procedure should be now reversed with the bride giving the ring to the groom who gives it to the Minister to return to the bride to put on the third finger of the groom. She will then repeat the same words which the groom has said to her.)
Minister (to the entire assembly):
“Let us pray.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.
“Oh, eternal God, Maker of heaven and earth, preserver of all mankind, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace, and giver of eternal life, Send now Thy blessing upon these Thy servants, (man’s name), and (woman’s name), whom we bless in Thy Holy Name; that as Isaac and Rebekah lived faithfully together, so also this couple may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant between them just now made, whereof the ring(s) given and received is (are) a token and pledge. May they ever remain in perfect love and peace together according to Thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
The Minister should now place the right hand of the bride and the right hand of the groom together and say, to the couple:
Minister: “Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.”
Minister: (to the whole assembly):
“Forasmuch as (groom’s name), and (bride’s name), have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed to the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; I hereby, pronounce that they are man and wife, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. May the blessings of our Mighty God and Everlasting Father bless, preserve and keep you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.”
The Minister should now pause and look in the direction
of the guests for any indication of such an objection.
The bride should then take the groom's right hand
in her right hand and likewise repeat as the minister prompts:
Suitable for small, simple marriages without guests or wedding party. (However there must be at least two witnesses present.) The bride should stand to the Minister’s right (guests’ left) and the groom stand to the Minister’s left (guests’ right).
Minister: “Marriage was first ordained by God Himself in
the Garden of Eden, confirmed by the law given on Mount Sinai, and blessed
by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at the wedding feast in Cana of
Minister: “Let us pray. Lord Jesus, we ask now that you would come by Your grace to this marriage. Help these two who are here to be married that they shall have a full understanding of the duties and obligations they are now about to assume. Fill their hearts with Your divine Love which enriches and overflows all other loves that each may truly esteem the other ahead of themselves and so each be a true helpmeet to the other until that time when You, in Your Wisdom call them to come home to You.”
The groom should then take the bride's right hand in his right
hand and answer as the minister asks:
Groom: “I do.”
If a ring is to be used, the Minister should say:
Without speaking, the man should now present the ring, but continue holding it in his fingers.
Minister (to bride): “Do you receive this ring as your pledge
that you will faithfully perform these vows?”
Minister: “May this ring henceforth be the pure and changeless
symbol of your unswerving, pure and changeless affection each for the other.”
The Minister should now offer a simple and sincere prayer from
his heart in benediction.
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It is not possible to overemphasize to parents the importance
of teaching their children right attitudes as well as actions from the
very beginning. Several studies have shown that serial killers and much
of our most heinous crime today is caused directly by wrong attitudes instilled
in the subconscious mind of very small children by parents who mistakenly
think that children are unimportant until they are at least old enough
to do work. Therefore, it is important that you, as a minister, strongly
impress upon those who come to you to dedicate their babies or small children
just how really important is the task of raising their child to have
right attitudes toward God and their fellow man. Many parents, and too
many ministers do not take the dedication of babies nearly seriously enough,
for it is, in fact one of the very MOST IMPORTANT of all ceremonies.
The dedication of churches is usually done as soon as the building is ready for use, as a solemn setting apart or consecration to the service of God. Often, visiting dignitaries, ministers of high esteem and recognized authority and civic officials such as mayors, city and county commission or council members, and even legislators and governors from the state or national level may be invited and attend.
I strongly suggest that you read 2 Chronicles chapters 3 through 7 for your own inspiration and instruction as you begin plans to build, remodel or dedicate a building for the service of the Lord.
Personally, I do not care for all the pomp and ceremony that is often part and parcel of such dedication services. Far too often more emphasis is placed on the men who had a vision to see that building erected and participated in its design and construction than on the actual dedication and consecration to the service of our Lord, who rightfully desires ALL the honor and credit. And the people in attendance are often more awed by the government official or highly respected visiting minister than by the presence and power of God. If the minister responsible for planning such a church dedication will be careful to see that the attention of all in attendance is focused on the Lord Jesus Christ instead of on man, the dedication service for the building can and should also be a time of reconsecration for the people that will bring about a real Holy Spirit revival as the inaugural service.
Since there are so many variable factors depending upon who will be participating in the service, and since senior ministers from parent churches or organizations will likely control much of the service, and rightly so, they will have their own way of holding the service, so only a few key scriptures will be referenced here and a couple of thoughts.
Remember that the church building you are about to dedicate to the service of the Lord is not the church, but is merely a building designed and set apart to house the spiritual worship and instruction of the real church, which is the people who attend. It may be the finest new architectural design with carpets, padded seats, a stereo sound system with videotaping capabilities and a distinctive appearance, or it may be made of straw or thatched palm fronds (nipa) in a jungle or a storefront in a big city. Whatever its construction, it should be the very best you can afford, since it does represent the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Creator of the universe and owner of the cattle on a thousand hills. Your plans, even at this moment should include keeping it clean and well-maintained as a demonstration to your community and the world that you really believe in this loving Lord and Savior are truly serious in your own love and devotion to Him. Poorly maintained church buildings indicate an “I don’t really care about God’s house,” to the casual observer who passes by and brings discredit to our Lord.
Scriptures about the church or tabernacle which might be appropriate to read in the dedication service are:
“Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness. But I have built an house of habitastion for Thee, and a place for Thy dwelling forever. And the king turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel stood. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who hath with His hands fulfilled that which He spake with His mouth to my father David...
Oh, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like Thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant and shewest mercy unto Thy servants, that walk before Thee with all their hearts. Now then, Oh, Lord God of Israel, let Thy word be verified, which Thou hast spoken unto Thy servant David....But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee; how much less this house which I have built! Have respect, therefore to the prayer of Thy servant, and to his supplication, Oh Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which Thy servant prayeth before Thee: That Thine eyes may be upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that Thou wouldest put Thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which Thy servant prayeth toward this place...Then hear Thou from the heavens, even from Thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive Thy people which have sinned against Thee. Now, My God, let, I beseech Thee, Thine eytes be open, and let Thy ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. Now therefore, arise, Oh Lord God, into Thy resting place, Thou, and the ark of Thy strength: let Thy priests, Oh Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let Thy saints rejoice in goodness. (2 Chronicles 6:1,2,4,14,17-20,39-41).
Concerning the joy of being in the place of worship, the house or tabernacle of God: Psalm 122:1-9; 27:4,5; 84:1-12; Acts 7:47.
Concerning reverence for and the sacred purpose of God’s house: Matthew 21:12,13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45,46 (especially the Mark passage).
At the ground breaking ceremony: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and 15-19.
At the cornerstone laying: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and 15-19.
Suggested dedicatory aaddress:
“We are thankful for the blessings of God who has prospered the work of constructing (remodeling, buying, obtaining the lease, or whatever the case may be) this house of worship, to be used in His service for the glory of His name.
“We now join our hearts in joyful, yet solemn dedication of this house of worship which is and hereafter shall be known as, ___(church name)___, to house the worship of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and dominion both now and forever, in whose name, the Apostle Paul declares we should do all things to the glory of God the Father.
“So as He shall enable us, by the Holy Spirit, we now consecrate and dedicate this place to be used to sing His praises and worship Him; to train up our children to become His saints and to go forth to serve mankind; to teach the Word of God without fear or favor in its fullness and completeness; to preach His word under the unction and anointing of the Holy Spirit; to provide a haven and a sanctuary in time of lifes troubles, trials; a lighthouse in the time of storm; to become known in this our community as a house of prayer where any and all can come to commune with God and find peace and rest unto their souls. We devote it to the preaching of the Gospel that sinners might be converted; to the teaching, training and spiritual equipping of the saints to go forth and spread the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ into all the world. Here, let us offer the sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving and joy as well as our very lives.
“May we, the people who are the real church, rather than this mere building , be known as our Lord Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, that ye have love one to the other.” Therefore, let no note of discord, strife, hypocrisy or selfish pride ever find lodging here in this place nor rumor nor gossip of such ever leave these walls. But may all who enter find a place of love, peace and unity of purpose in our Lord Jesus Christ.
“May all who enter recognize as did Moses, that we are standing on Holy Ground, and that while we offer joyful praise with the shout and the voice of triumph through our God, it is also a place dedicated to our great Creator who so loved us that He became Our Creator, and let us therefore treat it with due respect, in a spirit of purity and holiness.
“May many hungry souls feel the magnetic Power of the Holy Spirit and be drawn here to find the salvation their souls long for, so that when those of us who are gathered here today have all gone to our eternal home, others will maintain the pure Word of God they have learned from us and continue His service here until He comes again in glory and majesty.
“Arise, oh Lord, into Thy rest, and the ark of Thy strength. Let those of us who are priveleged to be Thy ministers be clothed with righteousness and let Thy people shout for joy. Put Thy Name in this place and Thy glory upon it. Let Thine eyes be open toward this house of Thy habitation and hearken unto the supplications of Thy people when they pray in this place, and when Thou hearest, in Thy kindness, love and everlasting mercy, forgive.
“And now establish Thou this work of our hands upon us and let the fruits of our labor be many souls who find peace and rest unto their souls here. Yea, the work of our hands, establish Thou it. And to Thy great name, Oh God, whose we are and whom we serve, be glory and honor everlasting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Occasionally, a member of your church may ask you to come and
hold a service of dedication as a sort of housewarming party for their
new home. This is a fine opportunity to meet many of their friends and
relatives you might never otherwise meet and to establish a base of confidence
in you as a minister of God in their minds. I will here give only a few
references I have used in this situation, but many more can be found in
your Strongs Concordance underheadings of House or Home.
Basically, you should look up in your concordance, words about dedication and consecration, since most of these things were unknown in Bible days. You pray that God will accept the offering of this thing which is now being dedicated to His service and honor, and will bless the one making the dedication with both the wisdom to properly use it for God’s glory and honor and prosperity for making the sacrifice willingly and joyfully.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. Amen. (Acts 20:32).
Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith from God the Father and? the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:23,24).
Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and? from the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:3).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Romans 16:24).
The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion, world without end. (Psalm 134:3; Ephesians 3:21).
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may, with one mind and one moiuth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5,6).
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. (Galatians 6:18).
The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be unto you. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:22).
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14).
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7).
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus,after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10).
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18).
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and? His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5,6).
Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,12).
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20,21).
To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 25).
? The Greek word eis´ is here translated “and” but would be better translated “even” in this verse.
Some church organizations recognize several levels of ministry such
as Exhorter or Christian Worker as the entry level into the ministry, followed
by the licensed ministry and finally, those fully ordained. It is true,
of course, that we all learn and mature the longer we are in the ministry,
but even when we have ministered for twenty, thirty or more years, we are
still learning, or should be. However I can find no basis in scripture
for the separation of levels of ministry as mentioned above.
The Sunday School teacher fills a VERY IMPORTANT position. Let no man
be guilty of belittling that ministry. Teaching at any level is of crucial
importance to healthy spiritual growth, and those responsible for teaching
the very small children in reality have the most important assignment of
all. Adults have already formed their learning habits and become relatively
set in their ways, so even the best teacher may have serious difficulty
overcoming errors taught in the student’s youth. Teenagers have already
formed a large part of their learning habits and usually acquired a know-it-all
attitude which is difficult to overcome. But the teacher dealing with the
children of pre-kindergarten and up through about the second grade level
have the opportunity to mold the child’s thought processes and learning
habits as teachers of no other age group ever will. Thus, your MOST GIFTED
teachers should be assigned to the pre-school through about seven or eight
year old classes. It may be fine to assign your gifted and spiritual teenagers
to teach the nine, through eleven or twelve year olds. No teacher should
ever be installed who is not faithful and a good scholar of the Bible.
Ceremonies of promotion have long been recognized as motivational tools
to secure enthusiasm, a feeling of importance and responsibility, and an
installation service for both Sunday School teachers and Deacons.
Minister: “The office of Deacon was established in the early
church by the twelve Apostles, which included Matthias. As the church was
expanding in a very rapid growth, the Bible records in the Book of Acts
that ‘...there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because
their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. Then the twelve
called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason
that we should leave the Word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren,
look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost
and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves
continually to, prayer and to the ministry of the Word. And the saying
pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith
and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon,
and Parmenas, aand Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before
the Apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.’
Candidates for ordination to the ministry should have already proven
their faithfulness and the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon their lives
and their ability to teach and preach with evidence of that anointing on
the messages they bring. Those who have never once read the entire Word
of God, those who make glaring errors of Biblical fact, those who refuse
correction or instruction, those evidencing excessive pride in their authority
or the manner in which God is or has used them should be refused ordination
until they shall have met those requirements. Ordination services should
be conducted by the highest ranking or senior minister of the organization
with which the newly ordained minister is to be affiliated in the presence
of other leading ministers of that organization.
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EACH of us will some day face death unless our Lord Jesus Christ
comes in His clouds of glory to catch us away first as is described in
1 Thessalonians 4:15, 17. Whether you are called upon to perform a funeral
service for a member of your church or for a member of your community or
neighborhood who never attended your church or for a total stranger who
happened to die in your community and you were called upon to minister
the funeral, you face both a great opportunity to reach living souls for
the Lord Jesus Christ and a time when you may be called upon to use great
wisdom and compassion.
Jesus, Savior Pilot Me
I Will Meet You In The Morning
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Nearer My God To Thee
Rock of Ages
Shall We Gather at the River
‘Til We Meet
For Additional Bible study helps:
Faith For Healing, by Dr. Hobart E. Freeman, Faith Publications, P.O. Box 1156, Warsaw, IN 46580.
Foundations Firm Bible Study and Sunday School quarterlies, by Samuel M. Smith, Up Way Publications, P.O.Box 1015, Kailua, HI 96734
Selected Sermons, by Samuel M. Smith, Up Way Publi cations, P.O.Box 1015, Kailua, HI 96734
For additional marriage and family counselling:
MARRIAGE: Delight or Disaster, by Samuel M. Smith, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 89-51186 Up Way Publications, P.O.Box 1015, Kailua, HI 96734
For additional financial advice from a Christian perspective:
All Up Way Publications and published writings of Rev. Samuel M. Smith acccessed on this website or by writing to the address above.
Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family are now located in Colorado Springs,
Larry Burkett and Christian Financial Concepts have also moved. New address is P. O. Box 2377, Gainsville, GA 30503-2377. Phone 404/54-1000 or 1-800-772-1976. Website: http://www.cfcministry.org
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