SERMON SERIES: REQUIEM REQUIRED

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Most all of us have suffered through a season of grief at one time or another. Whether we lose our best friend, a grandparent, our spouse, a child, or anyone else we love, death usually feels like a thief who forces us to say goodbye to too soon. And yet life is full of these goodbyes; the hurt of loss is one of the most basic parts of being human. 

But can grief be good? 

As we consider what seems to be the ‘required requiem’ of grief, we’ll explore its origin, how we can receive comfort from God when our hearts are broken by loss, what we can do to grieve well, and how we can help others in their time of sorrow.

As we do, we'll be reminded that even a requiem can be beautiful.


PART 1: WHY WE CRY

As our Creator, God engineered humans from the ground up. Opposable thumbs, an immune system, laughter--all His great ideas. But what about the inescapable reflex we all exhibit when we lose people we love? Did that come from God, too? And if it did, what in the world was he thinking? 

3/9/14  Speaker: Justin Gerhardt


PART 2: A SERIES OF FORTUNATE EVENTS

God has great plans for us in grief, but we have questions. For one, we've all heard about God's comfort in times of sorrow and loss, but what exactly does that look like? For another, how can we comfort others who are hurting when it's so hard to know the right thing to say? 

3/16/14  Speaker: Justin Gerhardt


PART 3: HOPE FULLY.

What's the biggest game-changer when it comes to our response to death? As we close this series, we'll explore one thing that has the power to completely transform the way we grieve--and we'll hear from someone who is living proof.

3/23/14  Speaker: Justin Gerhardt


 

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How to get along when getting along is hard.

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Why looking for God in what he gives you might be the wrong approach.

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