Dealing with Death (21 of 34) by Zach Terry

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Dealing with Death (21 of 34)
Series: Jesus - The One and Only
Zach Terry
John 11

BIRTHDAY CARD;
As a Pastor people tend to find out when you have a birthday coming and often that is a good opportunity for a congregation to humble you a bit - through the years I've gotten some good ones, but the best I have heard came to another gentleman, on the front of it, it says, ''Hi, I'm the birthday fairy''

Then you open it and there is a little flap inside that says, ''Every year around your birthday I touch you with my magic wand and you look one year older.''
Then you open it up to the center and it says, ''Good night man I must have beaten the tar out of you!''

Well it does seem at some point you cross a line and begin the process of dieing.

Hebrews 9:27
27And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

3 people die every second,
180 people die every minute,
11,000 people die every hour,
260,000 people die every day
95 million people die every year

Do you realize that we have just completed the deadliest century ever. 170 Million people killed by their governments apart from war.

Under Mao - 50 Million
Under Stalin - 20 Million
Among the Hutus and Tootsies - 1 million
One third of the population of Cambodia

Killed by their government and that's apart from war.

Psalm 139:16 (NASB95)
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
When those days are over, you cannot add to them.

Billy Graham said,
The statistics on death are staggering 100% of those who have lived in the past two thousand years have died.

The problem of suffering and death in particular is not a uniquely Christian problem. Atheism has to answer the problem of suffering. Agnosticism has to answer it. Buddism, Islam we all have to wrestle with the problem of suffering.

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