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The Best Things for Last - by Michael Phillips
A String of Pearls - Part 4 of 14
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Psalm 16:11
Nov 19, 2003 pm - The Presence About 350 years ago, a pastor conducted the funeral for a lad very dear to himself and everyone who knew her. Her name is Mrs. Mary Blake; the man who preached the sermon in her memory is the famous Puritan, Thomas Brooks. The sermon is called A String of Pearls, with the subtitle explaining what it's about: The Best Things Reserved Till Last. Believers live in hope-not wishful thinking-but real hope. For us, the long-term future is a bright one, no matter how dark in may be in the short-run. A wise king once said, "The day of one's death is better than the day of one's birth". He was right. For the believer death holds no uncertainty and no terrors. "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God" the Bible says: unless He's your Father who loves you enough to put His Son on the cross for you, to save you from your sin and misery. But that's the point: The Living God is our Father and He has offered up His Son for our salvation. An unsaved pop singer once described death as passing "Out of the blue and into the black". That may be true for him, but for the disciples of Christ, death is more like crossing the Jordan-from the wilderness into a Land ... More >>>


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