Memories of the Way We Were From a Very Sad Place

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #11 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Luke 16:19-31:

Just this past week, Marvin Hamlisch, the famous American composer and conductor, passed away. And as I was preparing to deliver this message on memories, I was reminded of his song titled “Memories of the Way We Were” which was sung so beautifully by Barbara Streisand. I know that this song is referring to positive memories in life, but I believe that the ability to remember is a powerful tool that God has given us and I wanted to share the lyrics of this song with you as we begin our time together today.

Light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?

If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? Could we?
Memories may be beautiful and yet
What’s too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember…
The way we were…
The way we were…

People have often wondered whether or not they can take anything with them after they die. The ancient Egyptians buried their dead with items such as food, bowls, and jewelry that they thought would allow the dead to live comfortably in the afterlife. The first emperor of China was buried with statues of over eight thousand soldiers that were supposed to protect him in the afterlife and to ensure that he had people to rule over.

However, the Bible says in Psalm 49:16-17: “Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away…” The Bible also says in I Timothy 6:7 that “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

My friend, when you leave this world, you can carry nothing material with you. You will not even take the clothes they dress your cold body in at the funeral. When you reach your final destination — whether it is heaven or hell — there is only one thing that you will have — your memory.

Today, I want to briefly share with you three things you will remember in Hell. Allow me to bring to your attention the fact that this passage was actually a story told by Jesus Christ. Yes, the loving, humble Saviour Jesus Christ talked about Hell. In fact, no one ever drew such a picture of Hell as the Son of God. No one else could do it so well, for He alone knows what the future will be. Jesus taught plainly about Hell; just as loving parents will warn their children of punishment to come.

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