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Comfort those who grieve: Ministering God’s grace in times of loss
Publisher Day One
Until the end of time, when the curse of sin is finally removed, suffering will be a large part of the human experience—and a large part of that suffering will be walking through the painful reality of death. Death is not foreign territory that ministers of grace walk upon. As a result, “Death,” writes Paul Tautges, “provides a natural opportunity not only for ministry to others, but also for personal growth in ministers.” Therefore, church shepherds must not waste these precious and painful occasions that God provides for the demonstration of mercy and the advantage of the gospel.
This book is a treasure chest of pastoral theology that will equip ministers to reach out to those who grieve with the Christ-centered comfort of God rooted in the gospel. The theological foundation espoused here, as well as the numerous practical helps that are included, will help any servant of the Lord to point the hearts and minds of the bereaved to the “man of sorrows” who is “acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3).
Dr. Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also the author of Delight in the WORD: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues and is a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). Paul and his wife Karen have nine children.
- Preachers, ministers
- Bible teachers, leaders
- Aspiring ministers
- Church office-bearers
Features and benefits
- Practical subject
- Contains theological, pastoral and practical elements
- Principles that are biblically based and thoroughly explained
- Includes case studies giving real-life examples of the principles described
Paul Tautges, in his book Comfort Those Who Grieve, gives pastors and other compassionate caregivers a very unusual and much needed book—one that is thoroughly biblical and immensely practical. He teaches us how to biblically comfort hurting and dying people. Every minister of the gospel will find it helpful. Pastor Tautges offers us specific ways in which we can carry out this task, including pertinent Scriptures, hymns, and poems to use. He has even prepared an extended follow-up plan for ministering to those left behind following the death of a loved one. We are given concrete ideas for consoling those who are dying and then on preparing funeral messages which not only comfort the grieving, but also challenge the lost with a clear gospel message. I know of no book like Comfort Those Who Grieve. Most “how to” books are shallow and often devoid of deep theological content. This excellent book is an exception. After over fifty years in the ministry, I learned much from Pastor Tautges and wish that I could have read it much earlier.
Curtis C. Thomas, pastor for over fifty years, Bible teacher, and author of Life in the Body
Here is biblical, insightful, and practical advice regarding serving those who grieve. Written with the tenderness and understanding of a gentle pastor, this book will be a helpful manual for those who guide others through the valley of the shadow of death. I hope it gains wide distribution!
Dr. Les Lofquist, IFCA International Executive Director
Few have attempted to offer comfort to those who grieve, and fewer have been as successful as Pastor Paul Tautges in this much-needed book. I commend this wonderful little volume. It is a veritable anthology of practical helps for those who are grieving and for those who attempt to minister to their needs. Therefore I recommend it as a book for all deacons, elders, pastors and lay persons. It is an important tool which should be thoughtfully read if we are to minister wisely and effectively to those in our fellowship who will eventually face such times.
Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA