Birthdays and Anniversaries
4-16 Maksim Camacho
Emma Reames new doctor, working it out
Chaney Reames is undergoing extensive dental work.
Paul Tyler has a bad sort Parkinson’s. Got stem cell treatments. Pray for their success.
Bill Grubbs recovering from back injury.
Shirley Weeks, Steve’s mom, continues to have trouble.
Teresa Weeks, Steve’s sister, having age related issues. She has Down’s Syndrome. Also a fractured shin.
Sarah, Chris Girvin’s sister, on hospice care
Robert and Sue Waller, health issues
Darla Nitti, mini stroke, but doing ok
Leta, has a recurring cancer, prayer request from her granddaughter via our website.
Tammy Jones, Weeks’ neighbor, kidney failure/dialysis
We human beings vastly misunderstand death. We think death is the cessation of life. It is only cessation of earthly life. There is a life for all of us after death.
This misunderstanding about death has been common to almost all of humanity. Death is the separation of the spirit from its mortal body. It is not the end of life. Even as we read the pages of the New Testament, we find the misunderstanding.
In John chapter 11, Jesus’ friend Lazarus died. After four days, Jesus and his disciples arrived in Bethany, the town where Lazarus had lived with his sisters Martha and Mary.
The Lord’s discussion with Martha is interesting in terms of what she believed about Jesus and what she didn’t understand about life and death. Jesus told Martha her brother would come back to life again (John 11:23) She told Jesus she knew that her brother would be raised from the dead at the resurrection “at the last day,” (John 11:24).
The Lord made himself plain in the next verse and said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies,” (John 11:25). A few minutes later, Lazarus was raised from the dead by the one who identified himself as the resurrection and the life.
Mourning the passing of a loved one is natural. Separation is painful and it seems as if it will be permanent, but it is not. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. The Jesus who spoke to Martha will one day speak and the dead of all the ages will be raised from their graves. Paul the apostle wrote,
“Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed,” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).
The one who raised Lazarus will raise us all. He is the resurrection and the life! There is life after death! For those who obey the gospel, there will be eternal life with God. But we must choose to obey him and live for him.
John Henson, link to original article