July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Mary at the Party For a Cancer Victim

from the book
We Are The Lord's

James W. Robinson

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"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." So said Paul in his letter to his young friend, Timothy. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul also referred to a race. He wrote, "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14) The Christian life, Saint Paul was saying, is like a race, and no race is easy. And like any race, the Christian life has a goal, and it has a prize. It strikes me that these images apply in a special way to Mary.

What is the goal of the race the Christian runs? The goal is perfection. Jesus said, "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) If any mere mortal was ever perfect, it was Paul. But Paul said, in effect (Philippians 3:12), I'm not perfect. I haven't gotten there yet....

This funeral sermon, Mary at the Party For a Cancer Victim, is based on 2 Timothy 4:7. This funeral sermon is excerpted from the book 'We Are The Lord's '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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