Dear Cornerstone Family,
One thing I’ve noticed in our culture today is that we have separated ourselves from those who are aging. Fewer and fewer people attend funerals and visit cemeteries. We do almost everything we can to avoid the topic, but that is unhealthy.
I remember watching the series, King of Queens, where Doug gets to see his parents and the dog he grew up with. Carrie is surprised on how young the dog looks and starts to do the math. Doug’s parents pull her aside and lets her know the family secret, “the dog is Rocky 4.0”, but Doug has no idea. This is how many of us approach the topic of death; we try to deny it, stuff it down and repress our loss. Then, when our loss becomes unavoidable, we are devastated.
As we try to avoid death, we spend a fortune on preserving our youth with Botox, anti-aging creams, special diets, and cleanses. We have difficulty facing our own mortality. We are so focused on this life, we are not preparing our children for the next life.
Part of the healing process of loss is learning it is okay to grieve over our loss.
In John 11 we find Jesus grieving over the loss of His friend Lazarus. John 11:32-36 (NIV) tells us, “When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” Allowing yourself to grieve is healthy and part of the healing process.
As believers, we still grieve the loss of a loved one, but we grieve with hope.
1Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NLT) teaches us, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.” Our hope is in Jesus. He did not stay dead, but He rose from the grave proving that He has the power over death.
This world is temporary, but heaven is forever.
Jesus has made away for you and me to experience eternity where there is no more death or sorrow; instead, we will be in His presence. This is our hope. Our hope is in Jesus!
Following THE Leader with you,
Pastor Ed Turley
Cornerstone Church of Poway
Fight Against Hunger Packing Event – Volunteers needed!
We did it-we reached our goal of $13,500! On Sunday, Nov. 12 from 1-3 pm we will be packing 50,000 meals for FAH at Poway High School. Please join us and volunteer for this amazing event. If you have teens that need community service hours this would be a great opportunity. To sign up, go to: https://phscornerstone2017.eventbrite.com
Celebrating Cornerstone’s Military Veterans:
We would like to honor and thank all current and past Military Veterans by recognizing your service by having you be a part of our café display on November 12. Please give your framed pictures to Robert Wynhamer in the café by Nov. 5. Uniform preferred, but not required.
Operation Christmas Child:
The season is here to make your first Christmas gift for children in another country. Pack a shoe box with fun toys and hygiene items, and make a child happy. They will hear about Christ’s love and get to enjoy your gifts. Join us and thousands of churches that are sending shoeboxes all over the world. For many children, this will be first gift they have ever received. So, pick up a few boxes in the courtyard this Sunday and bless children who are in so much need. Deadline is Nov. 19th.