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What are 3 ways for a pastor to prepare his heart for a funeral?

Because there are so many elements to plan and logistics to prepare for, it is not uncommon for the pastor to have all his words prepared, service planned out, everyone in place, processional details checked off, and realize an essential

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How do I prepare a sermon for a funeral?

The most helpful advice I ever received about preaching at a funeral for someone I didn’t know is: “Don’t preach them into heaven.  Don’t preach them into hell.  Just preach the gospel for the people who are there.”  This principle

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What words should a pastor long to hear after conducting a funeral?

I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family.  This was one of those occasions.  I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.  When conducting a

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How does a pastor conduct the funeral of someone he did not know?

I am preaching a funeral today.  It is someone I did not know.  I have no idea what her spiritual condition was.  A local funeral home contacted me and asked if I could help.  I have probably done a 100 of these

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