Our Claim In Heaven

... unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit

John 12:24
John 12:20-33

Sermon Week/Year

Fifth Sunday of Lent,

Sermon Topic


Several years ago, a Lexington Avenue building in New York City was being remodelled. As the work neared completion, a big sign was placed out front. It read: “Keeping pace with the progress of the community … a new funeral chapel.” Whoever wrote that ad spoke the truth in more ways than one. Many renovations were taking place in the area and, in this regard, a spanking new funeral chapel was keeping pace with such progress. The truth was that the new funeral home symbolized the progress of everyone in the community toward being the central figure in that place (or in one just like it) for a day or two!

The pastor of a New York City Church just around the corner from that Lexington Avenue funeral home, once preached a sermon in which he asked his congregation to imagine that the human life-span for each member was seventy years. Then he said, “Suppose we compress those seventy years into the waking hours…

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