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(You must be connected to the internet to see this picture.)--> “Jesus and Our Last Enemy”
by Tom Goodman
October 5, 2005

Last-Minute Notice!  Herb and his vocal team will lead midweek worship tonight at 6:30 in the Worship Center!  They will be bringing some of the songs of faith made famous in the soundtrack from O Brother Where Art Thou.  Join us for this special opportunity!

A businessman wanted to send a floral arrangement to a colleague who was opening a branch office.  The colleague called later in the day to thank him for the considerate gesture, but he expressed his confusion about the attached card that read, “Rest in Peace.”  The businessman apologized for the mix up and quickly called to chastise the florist.  The florist tried to console the executive.  “It could be worse,” he said.  “Somewhere in the cemetery there's a bouquet with a note reading, ‘Good luck in your new location.’”

Have you thought much about your new location beyond this life?  The famous atheist Bertrand Russell wasn’t expecting much.  Here’s what he wrote:

No fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave . . . ; all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and the whole temple of man's achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins.
How cheery.  The Bible teaches something entirely different.  Those who are impacted by the saving action of Christ will find personal, conscious experiences beyond this life that will be rich and joyful.

This Sunday we’ll examine this good news.  We’re in the middle of a series called “Jesus Meetings.”  This Sunday we’ll look at the time a dead man met Jesus.  John records that encounter in 11:38-44, when Jesus raised his good friend Lazarus from the dead.

What we can learn about Jesus’ meeting with Lazarus when he died we can apply to Jesus’ meeting with us when we die.  Unless Jesus returns first, every person reading this newsletter will one day surrender to what the Bible calls our last enemy: death.  But our Lord will rescue us from that enemy because Jesus has command even over death.

Come this week to our Jesus Meeting!


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