The Impossible Separation by Ernest Easley

ROMANS 8.35-39
(A funeral message for suicide)
By Dr. Ernest Easley

In times like these ... we need an anchor to hold us in place ... and God has given us an anchor and
his name is Jesus Christ!
In Phil 4.19, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
David tells us in Psm 46.1, "God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble."
And though we know the truth of God's assuring Word ... this is still a time of shock and sorrow.
Shock ... in what has happened and Sorrow for the family and friends.
Whenever a person takes their own life ... we're left not only to deal with the normal emotions that
come when we loose a loved one ... but we're also left with a lot of unanswered questions.
We wonder, "Why did this happen?" "Were there any signals I should have seen?" "Did I offer
the love and support that was needed?" "Could I have done anything to prevent this?"
May I say to you who are dealing with some lingering questions ... that there are no final answers
to those kinds of questions. That's one thing that makes times like these so hard to endure.
As you struggle with this ... weather you're a part of this family or a close friend ... God has
promised us that nothing can ever separate us from his loving care.
From Romans 8 ... I want to speak to you for just a few moments on this subject:
Romans 8.35-39
There is nothing you can do to change what has happened. Choices were made. Decisions were
made. But how you choose to react to this tragedy is in your hands.
You say, "Pastor, how should I respond to this tragedy?" Well .. from Romans 8 ... I want to make
three suggestions concerning how to respond to this tragedy. You need to respond with a ...
We often ask, "Can a person take their life and still go to Heaven?" "Can God forgive us when a

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