WHY I BELIEVE: THE SHADOW OF DEATH
A sermon preached at Lyonsville Congregational United Church of Christ on October 19, 2014 (Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
- Psalm 23
I have been doing a series of sermons on “Why I Believe…,” in which I have shared some of the reasons I have come to believe in God and Jesus Christ, and to be a minister of the gospel. I hope these sermons will help you to reflect on what you believe and why, so that if anyone should ask you why you are a Christian, you might have a good answer!
Today, I want to talk about something we normally don’t like to talk about – death. So many people are terrified of it. I’m terrified of it! Stories of deadly illnesses and terrorist attacks and disasters grab our attention because they make us realize how tenuous life is, and how quickly it can end. People are terrified of death, and yet fascinated at the same time. These days, almost any book or film or video game that has something to do with zombies or vampires is guaranteed to be a hit. Continue reading