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Grieving, Hope & Solace, Sample Pages

Grieving, Hope & Solace, Sample Pages

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Published by Cruciform Press
Pastor Albert N. Martin shepherded the people of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey for 46 years. He was a Reformed Baptist at least a quarter-century before anyone considered it to be cool. Now retired from ministry, he has written this book for Cruciform Press to recount what he learned from the death of his wife, Marilyn, at age 73. _Grieving, Hope, and Solace_ is his second book, and his first for a lay audience.

To offer a sense of the depth of Pastor Martin's ministry, the late John Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and author of several classic books, including _Redemption Accomplished and Applied_, once said regarding an upcoming conference,"If Al Martin is to be there I really think he should be asked to take the three evening services proposed for me. He is one of the ablest and moving preachers I have ever heard...I have not heard his equal."
Pastor Albert N. Martin shepherded the people of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey for 46 years. He was a Reformed Baptist at least a quarter-century before anyone considered it to be cool. Now retired from ministry, he has written this book for Cruciform Press to recount what he learned from the death of his wife, Marilyn, at age 73. _Grieving, Hope, and Solace_ is his second book, and his first for a lay audience.

To offer a sense of the depth of Pastor Martin's ministry, the late John Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and author of several classic books, including _Redemption Accomplished and Applied_, once said regarding an upcoming conference,"If Al Martin is to be there I really think he should be asked to take the three evening services proposed for me. He is one of the ablest and moving preachers I have ever heard...I have not heard his equal."

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 PrefacePart One: Foundations
1. Foundational Perspectives2. Foundational Principles
Part Two: The Intermediate State
3. We Are Endowed with Moral Perfection4. We Enter Christ's Presence5. We Enter the Company of Saints6. We Enter the Promised Rest
Part Three: Focal Points for Biblical Grieving
7. What Jesus Has Gained8. What Our Loved One Has Gained9. The Shared Hope of Christians10. God's Purposes in Us Through This Death11. What We Have Gained
Part Four: Encouragement
12. A Word to the Christian Reader13. A Word to the Non-Christian Reader
 
It was an ominous day in September of 1998. Marilyn, at that time my wife of 42 years,had just been diagnosed with cancer. That diagnosis was followed by six years of scans,radiation, surgery, and multiple regimens of chemotherapy. God was pleased to use these means
to add six more years to Marilyn‘s earthly pilgrimag
e.After being in a coma for three days, on September 20, 2004, at 6:20 a.m., just as the sunwas rising, Marilyn died. I saw and heard her expel her last breath. Although in many ways shehad been taken from me incrementally during her battle with that wretched disease, the reality of the finality of death and the radical separation it effects swept over me. A few moments later, as Ipicked up her lifeless body, I found myself asking the question
 – 
What precisely has just happened to Marilyn? What has she experienced, and what is she experiencing now?
 Immediately I knew that if I were to grieve as I ought, I had to be able to answer that questionout of the Scriptures with absolute certainty.I had experienced much grief and shed many tears during those six years as my wifedeclined from a beautiful, youthful, healthy, and active 73-year-old woman to a bed-riddeninvalid in a coma. Yet, when she actually died, I instinctively knew that I was now confrontinggrief of a new kind and of a greatly increased measure. With that realization there was born inmy heart a passion that, just as I was being called upon to enter a new dimension of Christianexperience, I would, by the grace of God, glorify him in that new experience. I felt very keenlythe pressure of 1
Corinthians 10:31, ―Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or 
whatsoever you do
 
[including how you grieve over the loss of a godly wife], do all to the glory of God.‖ This is a
command, a positive injunction. There is also a negative directive concerning grieving found in 1
Thessalonians 4:13, a directive given to the people of God that we ―may
not grieve
as others who
have no hope.‖
 I have been a pastor and a preacher my entire adult life, and have had the inestimableprivilege of preaching and teaching God
‘s Word on thousands of occasions. Indeed, the
preparation and delivery of sermons has taken up a substantial portion of almost every week of 

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