by Stan Coffey

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Memorial Service for a Christian Teacher
Stan Coffey

As we come to a time such as this we are reminded of many examples in the Word of God of God's people who walked through similar times. Sometimes we forget that God's ways are not as our ways and His thoughts are not as our thoughts. We are not here today because of our choice, but we realize today a sovereign hand and the sovereign will of our God. It was Job who was a perfect man before the Lord, who walked through the time of trial and trouble and yet came to say, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." And it was David the great Psalmist and the great warrior, the defender of the faith who came to say, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me." It was the apostle Paul who found himself rewarded as far as the eyes of man could see for preaching the gospel by being cast into prison and then to declare triumphantly, "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain."

So what you are walking through today is not uncommon for the people of God down through the ages. Peter said, "Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that has come upon you." So today we have to confess our lack of understanding. Sometimes we have to confess that we do not have the answer to all the questions that come to our minds.

There are many things today that need to be said. Paul admonished the Philippians to think on the things that were good and honesty and true and lovely and of good report. And today was we think about this man, there are many such things that we can think about that will encourage our hearts and will be precious to us. And these are things that can be added to by this family, many memories flood your hearts, as I know they do ours.


I want to read Psalm 150 as we think about today a successful life. God does not define success as we define success. God does not even define life as we define life. We ...

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