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Bertha, Asleep in Jesus - by Michael Phillips
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1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Oct 05, 2008 am - At three o'clock last Friday morning, our dear sister, Bertha Wiley 'fell asleep in Jesus'. I might have said, 'she died', but I didn't say that because-for the believer in Christ-there is no death. Our Lord said so Himself. Nearing the tomb of His old friend, Lazarus, He was met by a heartbroken sister who sobbed- Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died! There was strong faith in her words and deep disappointment. The Lord, however, does not apologize for being late. Instead, He challenges Martha to remember who He is, and what He is to all who believe in Him, living or dead- I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? She did. THE CHOICE What about you? It is easy to believe in Christ when our faith is not being tested. Today it is being tested. Is the Gospel a fairy tale we put our kids to bed with? Or is it true? I mean true in the same way that 'water freezes at 32F' is true? If it isn't true, the dead in Christ are dead-food for worms, and nothing more. But, if it is true, the dead in Christ are not dead at all. I say they're not ... More >>>

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