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Death and Eternity

Job, deep in suffering and strained conversation with God, asks the question that faces every human: “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14).

There is nothing so certain as death. As Randy Alcorn says, the current death rate is 100%. And, as far as we know, humans are the only being that comprehends this. We comprehend our mortality. We comprehend that we will someday die. And this is a problem. As Andrew Sullivan wrote recently, “[Humans] know explicitly that, one day in the future, we will die. And this existential fact requires some way of reconciling us to it while we are alive.” We will all die. But will we live again?

This week we are starting a series on Heaven. I capitalize that word because Christians believe that Heaven is real. It is not a philosophy; it is not wishful thinking. It is a place. A place where Christians live in infinite joy, with God, forever. And so over the next few weeks we will unpack all of the details of Heaven. What is Heaven like? What will we do there? How should Heaven affect us on earth now? My prayer is that it brings us all great hope. But also, I pray that it expands our love for this world.

But before we can get there we must face this most difficult thing. We must face death. What happens when we die? It is the most basic human question. And the most important one. Let’s pray for faith and fruit this Sunday.

Connecting Our Church Challenge
We are launching our initiative to connect our church more deeply this Sunday. The challenge is simple: Invite someone from church into your home. Have a meal together. Get to know them. It runs from January 13th to February 17th. And this is a new detail: We want everyone to come together at the church on February 17th at 5pm for a meal and time of sharing. We’ll celebrate together what God is doing! If you have questions need help connecting with someone, reach out to Shelby.

Praise and Prayer Cancelled this Month
We want to give you as many nights as possible to connect with others in the church and so we are cancelling our monthly praise and prayer service this month. Our next meeting will be the celebration on February 17th.

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Pastor Ryan

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