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Dark Saturday

Posted on April 15th, 2017 · Posted in Death, Gospel

Think about Saturday, the day after the crucifixion. This day was different. The trial, the crowds, the drama of Christ upon the cross was past. It was a dark Saturday. The disciples were overwhelmed. Judas was gone. The eleven and those close to them had spent three years with the most powerful person in all of human history. Try as they might they could not anticipate his next move or deed. Now, his calming presence was gone. It appeared their hopes and dreams had vanished before their eyes. The Roman.. read more

Till He Returns Or Calls Me Home

Posted on June 12th, 2016 · Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, Death, Worldview

Christina Grimmie’s earthly voice ended abruptly, shockingly, this past Friday evening. She was signing autographs after a performance when a man shot her to death. Christina was perhaps the last person you would expect to be the target of a vicious gunman. Christina radiated purity and joy as she sang. Millions followed her on you tube where she recorded countless covers. Her presentations were made all the more powerful by their simplicity. Without any flashy backgrounds or special effects, her love of music quickly drew you in and made you.. read more

Death and a dark Saturday

Posted on March 26th, 2016 · Posted in Death, Gospel

Think about Saturday, the day after the crucifixion. This day was different. The trial, the crowds, the drama of Christ upon the cross was past. It was a dark Saturday. The disciples were overwhelmed. Judas was gone. The eleven and those close to them had spent three years with the most powerful person in all of human history. Try as they might they could not anticipate his next move or deed. Now, his calming presence was gone. It appeared their hopes and dreams had vanished before their eyes. The Roman.. read more

Flowers, life & death

Posted on January 11th, 2016 · Posted in Death, Wisdom, Worldview

The Bible has assigned to flowers an even greater role than to provide stunning beauty. Flowers teach about life and death. They teach us that we live and die at God’s pleasure. It is good and necessary to teach children truths that will last a lifetime. It is also good to teach children that life is unpredictable. This is where flowers have an invaluable truth to teach. The Psalmist says our days are like grass and wildflowers. There is a burst of beauty and then the flower is gone. This.. read more

Thought for Easter

Posted on April 20th, 2014 · Posted in Death, Gospel

The stone was rolled away for you!   Matthew tells us that an angel from heaven came down in plain view of the soldiers who were guarding the sealed tomb.  The soldiers watched in shock as the angel rolled away the stone from the tomb and sat on it.     If we were there we would have expected to see Jesus walk out into the morning light. There was just one problem. The tomb was already empty.  Just as he could not be hindered from entering in a locked.. read more

Death, like life, is not random

Posted on October 31st, 2013 · Posted in Death, Gospel, Worldview

From time to time I will post some brief thoughts about the last 3 ½ years of my wife’s life. As many of you know, my wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with the most lethal form of brain cancer on April 1, 2010. Since that day, God has proven himself faithful beyond all that Ruth and I could ask or imagine. She went home at her Father’s call October 19th.    Ruth immediately turned to Psalm 139:16 as one of her anchors:   Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your.. read more

What about those who didn’t know Christ?

Posted on November 19th, 2009 · Posted in Death, Gospel, Worldview

In this series of posts on talking to your children about the death of one close to them, there is one aspect that was not specifically covered : how should the death of an unbeliever be discussed? This is an important consideration. Dan posted the following comment on a previous post: This post is very timely! My kids just lost their grandfather last week. I do not believe that he knew Christ. Any advice on dealing with this would be helpful and appreciated.

The God of all Comfort

Posted on November 16th, 2009 · Posted in Death, Gospel, Worldview

This is the third and last post in this series on what to say to your children when someone close to them dies. The topic of death is challenging. But as Christians, we should not fear talking about it. Jesus Christ has won the victory over death. Our children must see that we have the faith and courage to actually live out this reality. This is the test of whether we live by faith or by sight. Our children know the difference. In order to comfort our children we must.. read more

Talking about death with your children – part 2

Posted on November 13th, 2009 · Posted in Death, Gospel

In the last post we began discussing how to talk about death with your children. In that post we laid the foundation for thinking biblically about death and dying. Our culture attempts to avoid the reality of death by emphasizing the illusion of life without Christ. In 1 Timothy 6:19 Paul encourages us to take hold of life that is truly life. By implication, this means that there is life that is really not life at all, but death masquerading as life. It is this imposture of life that our.. read more

Talking about death to your children

Posted on November 13th, 2009 · Posted in Death, Godward Orientation, Gospel

Someone recently wrote in and asked how to talk with a young child who had just unexpectedly lost a close relative. This is a subject we have not yet specifically addressed in this blog, but it is a question that needs good biblical answers. The discussion must be addressed with gentleness and care. There are some things that can and should take place to prepare for this discussion. So, let’s start with laying a solid biblical foundation about life and death.