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Karl Jones Funeral

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Karl Jones Funeral

08/31/03

" Now the men of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’ “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.” Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance. So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly. (Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war." (Joshua 14:6-15, NIV)

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Visionary - I brought him back a report according to my convictions

 But as Samuel Johnson said, "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

q     Saw things that others did not see.  Often misinterpreted because of it.  Joseph was that way.  He told his brothers of the vision that God gave to him and they objected to it.

q     Interprets life from a different perspective.  It is a person’s strength of conviction that will see them through many rough places in life.

q     Lives life fully.  Go down swinging as long as the sword can be swung.

Warrior – “I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”

q     The possibility of conflict never affected him.

q     The probability of conflict was normal and invigorating

Conqueror – “but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said”

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:11-18, NIV)

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I am sure that one of the first thing that Karl did upon his arrival in heaven was to see God about this event that He has planned one day.  What a spectacular thing – imagine seeing this!!

An enthusiastic believer in Christ, Dan Richardson, lost his battle with cancer.  But his life demonstrated that even though the physical body may be destroyed by disease, the spirit can remain triumphant. This poem was distributed at his memorial service:

   Cancer is so limited...

   It cannot cripple love,

   It cannot shatter hope,

   It cannot corrode faith,

   It cannot eat away peace,

   It cannot destroy confidence,

   It cannot kill friendship,

   It cannot shut out memories,

   It cannot silence courage,

   It cannot invade the soul,

   It cannot reduce eternal life,

   It cannot quench the Spirit,

   It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.


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[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[2] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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