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Christ Has Abolished Death - by Michael Phillips
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2 Timothy 1:9-10
Apr 04, 2010 am - DEATH NATURAL? Several years ago, I conducted the funeral of a woman I had never met. After the service, her son pulled me aside to thank me for coming. I told him I was sorry we had to meet under the circumstances. He shrugged and said something I'll never forget, "Well, it's all part of life". I didn't say anything to him at the time-but I should have. If anyone here feels the same way he did, let me tell you: he was wrong. Death is not part of life. It is unnatural to die. That's why we fear it so much. It's why we don't talk about it unless we have to. It's why, when we have to, we use words to soften the blow or to take off the sharp angles of death. God did not make us to die. SIN AND DEATH Yet we do. Everyone dies. Some in old age, but others in the blossom of youth and good health. Why is this? Why do people die? The short answer is sin. Not that the dead are more guilty than the living. But that's the point: everyone is guilty. St. Paul said, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". AN OLD STORY Human sin has a long and shameful history. Some of it is documented for us in the Bible. Near the beginning of God's Book, we have a story. Some have taken it for ... More >>>

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