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EPITAPHS ILLUSTRATION: As a Pastor my calling requires me to spend more time at the cemetery than the average person. At my last church the only walking track they had in the city was around the cemetery. Somewhere along the way I picked up the hobby of collecting Epitaphs. Some people collect coins, some collect stamps I collect Epitaphs. Here are a few of my favorite.
Silver City, Nevada
Here lies a man named Zeke.
Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek.
Food was the topic of many epitaphs.
Here lies old Rastus Sominy
Died a-eating hominy
In 1859 anno domini
In memory of Anna Hopewell
Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
On an Auctioneer:
A few epitaphs are subtle and do not appear humorous until one thinks about them.
Here lies the body
of John Round.
Lost at sea
and never found.
I think this is my favorite Effie Jean Robinson
Come blooming youths, as you pass by ,
And on these lines do cast an eye.
As you are now, so once was I;
As I am now, so must you be;
Prepare for death and follow me.
Which is not funny at all. But underneath, someone had added:
To follow you
I am not content,
Until I know
Which way you went.
Have you ever stopped to think about your Epitaph?
How will you be remembered?
An old Pastor once told me that you really can't preach another man's funeral, but we preach our own funeral, write our own epitaph by the way we live.
Have you put much thought into it?
Adrian rogers "until a man is ready to die he's not yet prepared to live."
CONTEXT: The primary thing you need to know about Paul was that he was a man prepared to die, and I want to show you why. The major part of Romans was to establis ...
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