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What Happens When We Die? - Hebrews 9:27 - Sep 28, 1997 - 532

We live in a time when there is great fascination about life after death.• A few years ago Raymond Moody wrote a best-seller called Life After Life, which purported to detail the near-death experiences of men and women who “died” and then came back to tell remarkably similar storie ... More

The Day God Died: “Crucified, Died” - Hebrews 9-10 - Mar 21, 2004 - 650

The Apostles’ Creed contains four phrases that refer to the death of Jesus Christ:Crucified,Died,Buried,Descended into Hell. If you think about it, this seems redundant, especially in a Creed where the entire Christian faith is presented in approximately 110 words. Why are six words used ... More

Will We See Our Loved Ones Again? - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Nov 20, 2007 - 801

My subject is one that we don’t often talk about. In the nearly 30 years I have served in pastoral ministry, I have had very few conversations on this topic. The reasons are not hard to understand.Death in the best of circumstances is not easy to discuss. Even as an academic topic, most of us ... More

Ten Sleepy Virgins: Are You Ready for Christ's Return? - Matthew 25:1-13 - Nov 18, 2001 - 690

Here is a nighttime wedding where everything seems to go wrong. The groom shows up so late that the bridal party falls asleep by the side of the road. When the groom finally arrives at midnight, half the bridesmaids have forgotten to bring enough oil for their lamps and end up banned from the celebr ... More

Out On A Limb With Shirley MacLaine: Is Reincarnation True? - Various - Jun 4, 2000 - 216

This is a sermon about reincarnation, which means that I have a serious problem right off the bat. It is also a sermon about Shirley MacLaine, which poses a second problem. My first challenge is to convince you that reincarnation matters enough to warrant a full sermon. Perhaps this will help. Over ... More

The Wages of Sin: Why Nothing Works Right - Genesis 3:7-19 - Jun 9, 2002 - 227

Three hundred seventy-nine days ago, Martin and Gracia Burnham were captured by Muslim terrorists in the Southern Philippines. They were staying at the Dos Palmas resort off the island of Palawan when members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (an organization affiliated with the Al Qaeda terrorist network) to ... More

Christ and the Problem of Death - Hebrews 2:14-15 - Apr 12, 2006 - 172

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who has the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:14-15). I have been clo ... More

Is There Life After Death? Can We Be Sure? - Job 14:14 - May 28, 2000 - 212

When Barry Grunow left for work on Friday morning, he had no idea he would never come home again. It was the last day of classes at the Lake Worth Community Middle School, just a few miles south of West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Grunow was teaching a seventh grade English class at 3:30 p.m. when a 13 ... More

Looking for a Second Chance: What About Purgatory and Postmortem Salvation? - Hebrews 1:3 - Jun 11, 2000 - 213

Most people think that Catholics believe in purgatory and Protestants don’t. That statement needs qualification in two ways. First, the various Orthodox churches also believe in purgatory, though we don’t often hear about it. Second, there is a sense in which Protestants in general and e ... More

Written in the Heart - Dec 7, 2003

WRITTEN IN THE HEART by Ray Pritchard No statement is regarded as more elementary to the student of the Bible than the statement that a day of judgment is coming for the human race. Hebrews 9:27 says, “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.” That statement, as element ... More

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life - Chapter 11 - Jul 9, 2012

Payday Someday: Why I Believe in Heaven and Hell - Various - Nov 26, 1995 - 797

This morning we come face to face with the most basic question of all: What happens when we die? For thousands of years men and women have pondered this question and offered differing answers. The materialist says that there is no such thing as a soul or spirit so that when we die, we simply ceas ... More

This Same Jesus: The Blessed Hope of the Church - Acts 1:10-11 - Apr 5, 1998 - 638

"They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way ... More

The Hardest Doctrine to Believe: “The Resurrection of the Body” - I Corinthians 15 - Jun 27, 2004 - 660

Thirteen years ago I traveled to Russia with John and Helen Sergey. For 17 days we traveled from Leningrad to Moscow to the Volga River. While we were in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), I met Art DeKruyter, the founding pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook, a Chicago suburb a few miles west of Oak P ... More

Jesus The Revolutionary: Mary's Song - Luke 1:48-55 - Dec 15, 1991 - 711

When the history of the 20th century is finally written, it may well be that the last forty years will be called the Age of Revolution. First we had the cultural revolution, then we had the sexual revolution, which was followed by the technological revolution. In the last few years we have had a p ... More

THE HOLY SPIRIT - Various - Apr 13, 1988 - 422

Will We See Our Loved Ones Again? - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Nov 3, 1996 - 315

My subject this morning is one that we don’t often talk about. Over the twenty years I have served in pastoral ministry I have had very few conversations on this topic. The reasons are not hard to understand.Death in the best of circumstances is not easy to discuss. Even as an academic topi ... More

How a Good Man Dies - Genesis 48-50 - Nov 22, 1992 - 353

"Fear not that your life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.” John Henry NewmanSuppose you had three minutes to live and your loved ones were gathered around you waiting to hear your last words. What would you say? Perhaps you are in the hospital dy ... More

Three Things Not To Worry About In 1990 - Matthew 6:25-34 - Dec 31, 1989 - 413

Let’s talk about Tom Selleck this morning. You know who he is, don’t you? He’s the photogenic star of the TV series Magnum P.I.. Tom Selleck is, as they say, a hunk. A few years ago he was unknown and then overnight he became a huge star.A few years ago he made his first movie& ... More

Christ B.C. Part II: Lamb of God - Exodus 12; John 1:29 - Dec 10, 1995 - 66

Christians everywhere recognize the lamb as a familiar biblical image. It is often connected with both Christmas and Easter. Though lambs aren’t specifically mentioned in the Christmas story, they are implied by the presence of shepherds and also by the fact that Jesus was born in a stable. ... More

Death of a Princess - Genesis 23 - Jul 7, 1996 - 28

Some years ago an artist painted a picture showing a mountain of skulls. At first glance all the skulls seem to be the same, but when you look closely you notice some writing on each skull. One said, “doctor,” another “teacher,” another “secretary,” another &ldq ... More

Here Comes the Judge: Bad News for Modern Man - Acts 17:31 - Aug 23, 1998 - 244

"Now this matter is between me, the two people I love most—my wife and our daughter—and our God.” Those are the words of President Bill Clinton as he addressed the nation last Monday night. Roger Simon is a veteran reporter and columnist. In his weekly column for America Online, he ... More

The Strangest Part of the Creed: He Descended into Hell - I Peter 3:18-19 - Apr 4, 2004 - 654

What happened to Jesus between his death and resurrection? We know his body was buried, but what about his spirit? Where was he and what was he doing between his death at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and his resurrection sometime before sunrise on Sunday morning? Christians have wondered about these things f ... More

Finishing Well - 2 Timothy 4:6-8 - Aug 24, 2003 - 493

Just before his team left the locker room to play for the national championship of college football at the Fiesta Bowl last January, Jim Tressel, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes, gathered his team for one final talk. After going over the game plan, he asked his team one simple question, &ldquo ... More

Going Against the Flow - 1 Peter 4:1-6 - Mar 20, 2005 - 600

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time ... More

Death Defeated - Revelation 1:18 - Apr 3, 2010 - 1243

“Since 1874.”When I saw that on a sign, I knew I had to stop and take a second look.It happened the other day when I went for a bike ride. I had gone south on Chesterville Road and then turned left on a road that would take me through a stretch of forest and around a bend that leads ... More

Song of a Slipping Saint - Psalm 73 - Feb 20, 2011 - 1273

Have you ever stopped believing? It can happen to any of us at any time because life is hard and sometimes very strange. If you live long enough, your faith is bound to be challenged many times. Psalm 73 tells the story of a godly man who felt his faith slipping away. Even though these words were wr ... More

He Became Sin for Us: What the Cross Meant to Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:21 - Feb 28, 1999 - 672

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is one of the most magnificent verses in the all the Bible. Spurgeon called it the heart of the gospel. It is the gospel in one verse. Everything you need to k ... More

“One Little Word Shall Fell Him": What the Cross Meant to Satan - Colossians 2:15 - Mar 14, 1999 - 673

By 6:00 p.m. the party had started in earnest. It was Friday evening and that meant the party would probably last all night and perhaps even into the next day. Everyone who heard the news could hardly believe it, but they knew that if it were true, this would be the party to end all parties. So they ... More

Mr. I.M. Okay Meets His Maker - Romans 2:1-16 - Feb 23, 1992 - 280

No statement is regarded as more elementary to the student of the Bible than the statement that a day of judgment is coming for the human race. Hebrews 9:27 says, “Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment.” That statement, as elementary as it might seem, is desperately ... More

God’s Graffiti - Daniel 5 - Jan 16, 2000 - 148

The year: 539 BC. The place: The royal palace of Babylon. Almost 70 years have passed since the day Daniel and the other Jewish teenagers arrived from Jerusalem. Daniel is now over 80 years old. King Nebuchadnezzar has been dead for 24 years. His grandson Belshazzar sits on the throne of the shrinki ... More

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