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How to Handle Death (6 of 20)
Series: STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY: PHILIPPIANS
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) .... Series .... STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (the journey of life) .... study of the book of Philippians.
1- Bible says .... Neh. 8:10 "... the joy of the Lord is your strength."
a- Paul .... knew that ... he wrote Philippians .
b- He had strength for the journey .... because he knew the joy of the Lord ....
....regardless of his situation.
c- Paul .... under house arrest .... chained between 2 Roman guards .... 24 /7.
d- Waiting to appear before Caesar .... Roman title for emperor .... the Caesar happened to be Nero -- who hated Christians.
e- Paul is facing certain death .... But he knows how to handle death .... because he is saturated with the joy of the Lord.
f- A joy that grows out of his relationship with Jesus .... a joy that allows him to enjoy his situation.
2- Even when that situation appears to be impending death!
(B) Paul's situation .... serious -- impending death .... But his situation is no different than yours or mine -- We are all facing death if Jesus delays His return.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago describes the terrors of a Soviet concentration camp. He begins with the day of the arrest and the inquisition that comes before the sentence. He describes the tortures given to the unlucky ones. Endless, brutal tortures that break down all kinds of men and women -- except for the few who cannot be broken. Those few are ready to die. The torturers have no power over them. As much as they enjoy living, they believe there is something more important than life itself.
-- By Harold Hazelip, Lord, Help Me When I'm Hurting, pg. 107, published by Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 1984.
1- They know how to handle death .... because they had settled the basic issues of life .... causing them to realize wha ...
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