Yesterday, I attended the funeral of the father of my best friend. He was 88 years old and he was lost. He was a wonderful man - kind, took care of his family and neighbors, loved his children and grandchildren, and he and his wife loved each other for more 56 years. But he never came to church and refused to acknowledge Christ as Savior. The children are saved and except for one, are active in church. The wife and mother is saved and she is active in church. I can remember when we were in high school and my best friend and her sister would weep in church over the lost condition of their father. It was because they loved him so dearly. I, myself, have prayed for that man for decades. But he died a lost man. Here is my question and my curiousity. How would you preach a sermon in this instance - where the deceased is lost and the family is saved? I thought the pastor did a good job. He did both parts. The first part, he told all about the good things about this man. And after the song, he preached a sermon on how we all are "appointed once to die and then the judgment". He never mentioned the man's name in the second part as he usually does with saved people. I know personally that the pastor visited him dozens and dozens of times over the last 20 years. It must be hard to preach a sermon like this. I know it was hard to attend.