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Summary: The promise of living forever remains a fantasy, a dream, the stuff of science fiction But is it only a dream? Is it really beyond the realm of possibilities?

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Resurrection - 2005

Who’s seen the movie “The Aviator” – story of Howard Hughes

• This guy was a major mover and shaker in his time

What do you know about Howard Hughes?

• Movie Producer

• Won an academy award for Two Arabian Nights (1928).

• He had affairs with several of the most famous actresses in Hollywood, among them Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, and Ava Gardner.

• Business

• Successful business man – Hughes Tool Co, Part of the military/Industrial complex which produce weapons for the US government

• Owned casinos in Las Vegas

• He even bought Las Vegas television station KLAS (Channel 8), so that he could watch movies into the night. If he fell asleep during a film, he would call up the station and order that the scene he missed be replayed.

• Aviator

• He also founded his own aircraft company, designed, built and flew his own aircraft, and broke several world air speed records (1935-1938).

• His most famous aircraft, the Hercules (nicknamed "The Spruce Goose"), was an oversized wooden seaplane designed to carry 750 passengers, which was completed in 1947 but flew only once over a distance of one mile.

• Politics

• Closely involved with Richard Nixon and George Bush in orchestrating assassination attempt on Fidel Castro

• The office President Nixon’s ordered the burglars to break into in the Watergate Hotel in 1972 belonged to Larry O’Brien’s who at the time was an employee of Hughes as well as chairman of the Democratic National Committee

• Howard Hughes had it all, the best the world has to offer - money, women, power

Yet all his power, all his money, all his influence, Howard Hughes couldn’t prevent himself from going the way of all flesh – he died

• He died April 5, 1976, in a private jet en route to a hospital in Houston.

• His drastically changed appearance, long matted hair, long fingernails, broken arm, and the fact that he had been seen by so few people for so long forced the Treasury Department to use fingerprints to identify his body.

• He left an estate estimated at $2 billion

• He didn’t take one red cent with him

For all his expertise man has been unable to halt the aging process and prevent any of us from dying, and he certainly hasn’t been able to bring anyone back from the dead once they have truly died

• Both of these feats remain outside the realm of human possibilities

• The promise of living forever remains a fantasy, a dream, the stuff of science fiction

But is it only a dream? Is it really beyond the realm of possibilities?

• Because this day we are celebrating, this resurrection Sunday actually commemorates someone rising from the dead

• And the question is, if it is true, if one man can cheat death, is it possible others can?

• In the flyer we send around advertising this meeting we asked the question, Jesus supposedly rose from the dead on Easter Sunday 2000 years ago? What significance does Jesus’ rising from the dead have for you and me 2000 years later?

• Well it goes back to this point. If Jesus was able to cheat death – does that mean others can as well

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