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Hey everyone and welcome to Refinery Life Church.

This month we are working our way through a series titled “The Christian Family, Living for Christ in the Present.”

Marriage and the family are under great stress today.

The church has a vital stake in the husband / wife relationships and the parent / child relationships of those who call themselves believers.

Today we are talking about The Family Deals with Death.

On this special Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we have a good opportunity to talk about how families can deal with death.

Everyone who has experienced the death of a loved one is grateful for the support a family can bring.

In today’s Scripture reading, we find two sisters suffering the tremendous loss of their brother, Lazarus.

In response to Martha’s straightforward statement in John 11:21, Jesus did not apologise for being late but instead answered in faith, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha was the practical, no nonsense housekeeper, while Mary was the contemplative, sensitive sister whose heart worshipped her Lord.

What is interesting is that when Mary came to meet Jesus, she said the exact same thing to Him that Martha had said earlier, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

But this time Jesus did not give a theological response, instead, He entered into her suffering.

He asked, “Where have you laid him?” And then began to weep.

Jesus shared in their grief, and He still shares in our grief today.

When a family is faced with death, they can find comfort by remembering several truths.

Until next time

Stay in the Blessings

I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

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When it comes to prayer, we believe that God wants to meet your needs and reveal His promises to you.

So whatever you’re concerned about and need prayer for we want to be here for you! Or even if you just want to say Hi, you can contact us


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Gary Hoban

Refinery Life Church Australia