by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Programn, "WE BELIE\VE"
Program #108, CT #1731

Luke 16:19-31

In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in life after death. This
4as a subject that folks used to avoid. But now, in recent times, there's more
and more interest in it. Books are written about it. People talk about it on
television talk shows and other things.
One of the first life after death stories, I'd ever heard, happened, she
said, to her younger brother who was a football player. In a very intense
ballgame, he made a tough play, and when he did, he was hit so hard that he did
not get up after the play was over. The trainer went out on the field, then the
coach was called, then some other people came out on the field, and she said,
finally, her mother ran out to the field. There was a doctor there in the
stands who'd been called and he ran out to the field and tried to minister to
the boy and revive him, but everything he did was to no avail and he had to
pronounce him dead there on the field. She said, when he did this, that her
mother just bowed down right over his stricken body and said, "Lord, this boy
means too much to us. Don't let him die, Lord! Raise him up. Don't let him be
dead! Save our boy!" She said, when her mother prayed that prayer, suddenly
his eyelids began to flicker, then his eyes popped open and a smile came across
his face and he said, "Mother, why did you do that? It's so beautiful over
there. I don't really want to come back." And she said that she broke into
weeping then and with that he closed his eyes and died.
Now, that was the first story I'd ever heard about life after death.
Somebody who was in and then out. But since then, in pastoring and talking,
studying and reading, I know that several people have had this experience and
there's a lot of curiosity today about life after death. Well, Jesus, in
teaching t ...

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