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The Afterlife, Part 2

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in Bible, Death, Heaven and Hell, Salvation, Theology | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – Dante’s classic poem, The Divine Comedy, which has done more to shape our modern view of hell than any other work opens with these words, “Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself alone in a dark wood.” Like Dante, few of us pay much attention to the afterlife until some circumstance forces us into the dark woods of despair and confusion. And like Dante, armed with a little knowledge, mixed with tradition, experience and imagination, we will come up with a strange and distorted concept of eternity. Ask almost anybody on the streets what they think about heaven or hell, and they will have an opinion; an opinion based upon some mixture of what they have read and/or been taught. A recent survey of those who claim...

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When Your World Crashes Down

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 in Death, Grace, Hope, Suffering | 1 comment

by Mark McGinniss and Rod Decker – These articles (Rod’s and Mark’s) were birthed from a conversation they had in Rod’s study as they shared their journey of suffering. When Rod was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, Mark stopped by his study and mentioned that Rod certainly had it worse than he. But Rod quickly turned it and compassionately shared that he would be delivered far earlier from his suffering than Mark. From this transparent conversation between two colleagues and friends, they share their intimate journeys of suffering so others in the body of Christ might find solace and peace as they share the same or similar paths.   I Am Not Afraid to Die; I Am Afraid to Live by Mark McGinniss – A strange sentiment for a Christian. Christians can face death confidently knowing the reality of enjoying God’s...

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When a Believer Dies

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 in Death, Hope | 0 comments

by Bruce Baker – I read an article recently that encouraged the blogging of letters that others might find valuable. I find myself writing a private letter on a topic that others may find helpful. I’ve decided to start posting such letters as they occur, omitting those items which may identify the recipient. My prayer is that God will use these public letters to strengthen his people. Dear _________, Please accept my most sincere condolences on the death of your mother. Even though her illness made such an event only a matter of time, the actual death is always so painful. Oh, we think we are prepared, but in reality one can never really be prepared for the death of one we love. I’m thankful that God heard our prayers uttered over these many months and that “her passing was...

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Salvation Lessons From the Thief on the Cross

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 in Bible, Death, Salvation | 1 comment

by Andy Woods – Luke 23:39-43 records the famous death-bed conversion of the “thief on the cross.” There were seven truths that the repentant thief understood. Studying these truths is important since they are the same realities that all must embrace in order to gain peace with their Creator. These verses say: One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today...

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