IN LATE WINTER DURING THE FIFTY-NINTH YEAR of his life, John Donne braved the weather and rough roads of the English countryside to keep his final preaching engagement before the king in London. He had spent most of that winter, what would be his last, battling “consumption,” and on several
Contributed by Jeffrey Rowe on Dec 29, 2012
In Psalm 23, death is described as casting a shadow. Let’s look at that for a moment.
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
Contributed by Sean Smuts on Jan 29, 2003
"Your death and my death are mainly of importance to ourselves. The black plumes will be stripped off our hearses within the hour; tears will dry, hurt hearts close again, our graves grow level with the church-yard, and although we are away, the world wags on. It does not miss us, and those who
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
DEATH. Death is like the sailing of a ship. The watcher on the seashore sees her spread her white sails to the morning breeze and start for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. We stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2009
DEATH OR DISABILITY? AMERICANS CHOOSE DEATH
52% of people in the U.S. would rather be dead than disabled says a Disaboom study, a website for disabled people. 63 % of younger Americans chose death over disability. 56% of Americans 65 and older would rather die than live with a disability. Those
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 6, 2001
The early Christians understood that death had been conquered by the resurrection of Christ; this theme recurs repeatedly in their writings. Again and again one is struck with the note of victory in the attitude of the martyrs as they faced death. St. Athanasius wrote of this
Contributed by Steve Smith on Jul 16, 2007
ILLUSTRATION: BY LIFE OR BY DEATH
John Piper, in his book, “Future Grace”, reprinted a letter by Carl Lundquist, former president of Bethel College and Seminary. In 1988, the doctors told him he had a rare form of cancer which invaded the skin over his entire body and ended his life three years
Contributed by Warren Lamb on Jan 7, 2008
Preparing For Death
Several years ago, I was on staff with a fellow pastor who had been suffering with diabetes and its ill effects for most of his life. He was a single dad with two sons who were the same ages as two of my boys. His name was Mike, and we were close in age.
Mike had lost an
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Somewhere recently I read of a tribe of natives in a South American jungle who learned that the leaves of certain trees would give them extra energy and strength and would keep them from getting hungry. So they began to eat them regularly. They seemed strong, energetic and seldom got hungry. A few
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2011
THE AVOIDANCE OF DEATH
I read a great book called The Art of Dying, by Christianity Today editor Rob Moll. In the forward, by Lauren Winner, we read:
"We no longer allow people to say that they are dying – rather, they are “battling” an illness. Far from encouraging the perilously ill to
Contributed by Brad Henry on Sep 15, 2011
DEATH AS REWARD
I am reading a book that has changed a lot of the ways I think about things of God. One statement really got me.
"Your life is free to be radical when you see death as your reward." The book “Radical” by David Platt.
That’s it isn’t it? That is why we worry. Because we
Contributed by Troy Borst on Aug 17, 2011
THE GUILT OF THEIR DEATHS
The movie "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) is a movie that many of us have seen and is quite a memorable movie because of its portrayal of the D Day invasion of Normandy in World War II. The movie begins and ends with an elderly man visiting the Normandy memorial. The
Contributed by David Simpson on Jan 15, 2013
Our son, John learned a valuable lesson about death when he was a child. One day he took aim with his new BB gun at a little bird sitting on a limb near our back deck. He aimed and fired and hit his target and the bird collapsed to the ground. Dead. At first there was the excitement of being a
Contributed by Mark Eberly on May 27, 2009
HONOR OF DEATH
I have had the privilege to be with several people and their families when they have breathed their last breath. It is an incredible privilege to be present for those who make the transition into God’s kingdom.
I also count it a privilege and honor to visit with people and
Contributed by Robert Hoos on Apr 21, 2007
The Finality of Death
When I was just around the age of five or six years old I attended my first funeral. They have since become something that I am used to, but this first time was something that was very memorable for me.
I remember standing there, barely able to see into the coffin, and
Contributed by Scott Bayles on Jun 4, 2004
DEATH OF THE SON
There is an old story about a man by the name of John Griffith, who lived in Oklahoma in 1929 and lost all he had in the stock market. He moved to Mississippi where he took a job as bridge tender for a railroad trestle. In 1937 he was involved in a horrific accident. One day his
Contributed by Dana Chau on Apr 22, 2002
BY LIFE OR BY DEATH
John Piper, in his book, Future Grace, reprinted a letter by Carl Lundquist, former president of Bethel College and Seminary. In 1988, the doctors told him he had a rare form of cancer called mycosis fungoides, which invaded the skin over his entire body and ended his life
Contributed by James Dunn on Jan 29, 2002
William Gladstone, in announcing the death of Princess Alice to the House of Commons, told a touching story. The little daughter of the Princess was seriously ill with diphtheria. The doctors told the princess not to kiss her little daughter and endanger her life by breathing the child’s breath.
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Jan 24, 2001
THE RICHEST MAN’S DEATH
Carl was a very rich man who owned a great estate. One of his favorite pastimes was riding horseback through his valley, looking at everything he owned & congratulating himself on his great wealth.
One day, as Carl was riding along, he came up over a hill & in the