I Predict You're Going to Die (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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I Predict You're Going to Die (2 of 5)
Series: I Predict
Jeff Strite
Psalm 49:1-20

OPEN: A woman once told of driving with her two young boys to a funeral. She said: "I tried to prepare them by talking about burial and what we believe happens after death. The boys behaved well during the service. But at the gravesite, I discovered my explanations weren't as thorough as I'd thought.

In a loud voice, my 4 year old asked, "Mom?"

She whispered back: "Yes,".

In a voice filled with curiosity he said "What's in the box?"

(Ginny Richards, Readers Digest 9/08 p. 86)

APPLY: What's in the box?

Death can be mysterious... and somewhat scary for many people because they just don't quite know "what's in the box".

Predicting the future is a popular activity for many people (especially around New Year). But throughout the year people still enjoy hearing what the future holds for them.

Folks love to read their horoscopes, play with the ouija board.

ILLUS: I recently had a young boy in my home and I overheard him as he was playing something he called "Spirit", where he laid playing cards out on a table and used them to read "the future" of the other kids around him. I told him to put the cards away. I explained that we didn't do things like that in our home.

Now he probably was very innocent in what he was doing.

In fact, most people who read their horoscopes don't intend to do anything wrong.

And those who play with ouija boards just think of it as "playing a game".

But God has ALWAYS hated and condemned those kind of practices.

And one of the reasons that God condemns it is because those inquiries about our future can eventually lead to people asking the question: "When am I going to die!"

ILLUS: My dad once consulted a psychic who was accurate in many of predictions about his future. But amongst her predictions was the declaration that he would die on such and such a date. Dad never shared that date with anyone else... but that ...

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