Death

Floral Arrangement Titled "Rest in Peace” (illustration)

A young business owner was opening a new branch office, and a friend decided to send a floral arrangement for the grand opening. When the friend arrived at the opening, he was appalled to find that his wreath bore the inscription: “Rest in peace.” Angry, he complained t …

College President Who Promised His Wife to Take Care of Her (illustration)

A preacher in South Carolina wanted nothing more out of life than to run a Bible college. All his life, he worked for the position and eventually attained it. As he fulfilled his life’s dream and vocation, Alzheimer’s disease struck his wife. Her health degenerated to the point w …

Strauss: Conscious of the Uncertainties of Life (illustration)

According to Life magazine, William Randolph Hearst, when 75 years old, forbad the mention of death in his presence. However, when yielding voting control of his publications to an attorney, “the man who has arrogantly and brilliantly ruled a $200,000,000 empire acknowledged …

A New Testament Scholar Relates The Story of Death (illustration)

In one of his books, A.M. Hunter, the New Testament scholar, relates the story of a dying man who asked his Christian doctor to tell him something about the place to which he was going. As the doctor fumbled for a reply, he heard a scratching at the door, and he had his answer. & …

The great Euphrates river (illustration)

“The great Euphrates river “ (v. 14) is one of the 4 rivers which flowed through the Garden of Eden which was in present day Iraq. Why was this particular location so important? The sin of man began here. The first murder was committed here. The first war was fought her …

What’s Really Important (illustration)

Former Texas Governor John Connally after he was wounded by the assassin who took the life of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 said in an interview, “As far as Nellie and I are concerned,... it inevitably brought into sharper focus what’s really important in life... We try …

Our Life Goal Should Be to Live it For Christ (illustration)

It’s easy to live a long life, at least in America. Look at the statistics: Out of every 100,000 persons, 88,361 reach 50 years of age, more than 70,000 make it to 70, and almost 17,000 get to 85 or more. Staying around a long time, however, should not be our primary goal. Rather …

Ray Stedman - Securing Property For Ministry (illustration)

Ray Stedman tells how he met with a group of men and women to whom the director of a Christian Conference Center was explaining certain of the procedures involved in securing additional property for the expansion of their ministry. He described one case where a deed had been exec …

Lehman Strauss - To Start for Heaven (illustration)

In his excellent little book “When Loved Ones Are Taken in Death,” Lehman Strauss made some interesting comments about the Greek word translated “departure.” He wrote, “It is as when a vessel pulls up anchor to loose from its moorings and set sail, or as …

Randolph Forbade Mention of Death (illustration)

According to Life magazine, William Randolph Hearst, when 75 years old, forbade the mention of death in his presence. However, when yielding voting control of his publications to an attorney, “the man who has arrogantly and brilliantly ruled a $200,000,000 empire acknowl …

Revived from Death by Drowning (illustration)

What do those who have been revived from death by drowning tell us? They say that they experience no suffering whatever after the initial struggle. The original distress gives way to a feeling of drowsy comfort. Thus, one of them, Grant Allen, distinguished British author, wrot …

Paul was Willing to Stay but Wanting to Go (illustration)

Francis Patton (1843-1932, a former president of Princeton University, observed that whereas the high watermark of the Old Testament was Psalm 23:4, that of the New Testament was Philippians 1:23. David was willing to go, but wanting to stay, but Paul was willing to stay, but w …

A Life Changing Experience Rearranges Our Priorities (illustration)

A life-threatening experience has a way of rearranging one’s priorities. That was true in the lives of former Texas Governor John Connally and his wife after he was wounded by the assassin who took the life of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In an interview, Connally ex …

All Men Must Face Death (illustration)

Time Magazine, in an essay on death a few years ago, stated, “Man has a great fear of dying, and yet, he is unable to face the reality of death.” But like it or not, welcome it or dread it, sooner or later, all men must face it. As the Hebrews writer says, “A …

Death is Real at Any Age (illustration)

At six years of age one of my closest friends, invited me to go to the river with him to play. I asked my mother if I could go and she said no A few hours later we learned that he had drowned. When I was 16 I was invited to ride to the stock car races with one of my closest fri …

Survivors of The Last Ship Sunk in World War II (illustration)

David Harrell wrote a book telling the story of his father, Edgar Harrell. Edgar was one of the 300 survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the last US ship sunk by enemy contact in WW2. 600 of the 900 men who survived the ship’s sinking were stranded in the water for …

Death is Like a Shadow (illustration)

Have you ever been enjoying a nice sunny day when all of a sudden a dark cloud hides the sun? All of a sudden you’re in this shadow! What does the shadow do? It hides the light. It makes it more difficult to see the world and people around you. Darkness makes you feel all a …

Do You Want to Go to Heaven? (illustration)

An evangelist asked all who wanted to go to heaven to raise their hands. Everyone in the audience did so, except one elderly black man sitting near the front of the auditorium. The preacher pointed his finger at him and said, ‘Sir, don’t you want to go to heaven?’ ‘ …

D.L. Moody is Dead (illustration)

“Some day,” D.L. Moody used to say, “you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now!” He preached his last sermon in Kansas City on Nov. 23, 1899, from the …

Not Afraid to Die (illustration)

A sick man turned to his doctor and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."Very quietly the doctor said, “I don’t know.” At that moment a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to th …

Our Life is Like Foam on The Ocean (illustration)

Our lives are compared to FOAM ON THE WATER in the book of Hosea - Go to the ocean and watch a wave come in. As the water recedes, it leaves little foam bubbles. But within seconds, they disappear before another wave rolls in. (Hosea 10:7) …

Good News - Bad News (illustration)

A doctor called one of his patients into his office to deliver some very important news. “I have received the results of your tests and I have some bad news and some good news”, said the doctor. The patient was quiet for a moment, sensing the severity of the announcemen …