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How to Deal with Death (4 of 5)
Series: Psalm 23: Satisfaction Guaranteed
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
February 9, 2003
a. Sarah Winchester's husband, William, had acquired a fortune by manufacturing and selling rifles. After he died of influenza in 1918, she moved to San Jose, California. Because of her grief and her long time interest in spiritism, Sarah sought out a medium to contact her dead husband. The medium told her, "As long as you keep building your home, you will never face death." Sarah believed the spiritist, so she bought an unfinished mansion and started to expand it. It cost 5.5 million dollars at a time when workmen earned 50 cents a day. The mansion had 150 rooms, 13 bathrooms, 2,000 doors, 47 fireplaces, and 10,000 windows. But it didn't work. On September 5, 1922 she died in her sleep. She left enough materials so that they could have continued building for another 80 years. Today that house stands as more than a tourist attraction. It is a silent witness to the dread of death that holds millions of people in bondage (Heb. 2:15). Our Daily Bread, April 2, 1994. and the website of the house.
b. We don't like to discuss death. But we need to learn how to deal with death. Think about it--if we are all to die, and we are; and if eternity awaits us on the other side of death, and it does; then the wisest thing we can do in life is to prepare for death!
c. I want us to turn to the pages of the Bible to learn how to deal with death.
d. Read Psalm 23:1-4.
i. 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
e. Quote by memory the first four verses.
2. THE SURETY OF DEATH
a. Do Bank on It
i. "Yea ...
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