by Fred Lowery

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One Month to Live (1)
Dr. Fred Lowery
Matthew 23:5-6; Genesis 3:10; Romans 3:22; Ephesians 2:8; Ephesians 1:19-20a; John 17:3; Ephesians 3:17; Romans 5:1-2; 2 Corinthians 6:2
March 23, 2008

I love to go to cemeteries to read tombstones. Especially an old, old cemetery. My wife is from Holly Springs, Mississippi and I mean the house where she lived was built in the 1800s and so it's an old town and old cemeteries but just to read the things on the tombstones. There was this one tombstone that said pause stranger as you pass me by as you are I so once was I. As I am now so you will be so prepare for death and follow me. Some unknown scratched underneath, just scratched on the stone, to follow you I'm not content until I know which way you went. Then there was another tombstone that said Gone to Wal-Mart. You know I don't understand that one at all especially, surely heaven is better than Wal-Mart. I mean I just have to believe that. But my favorite one, it was a tombstone of a woman and it said I told you I was sick. Nobody would believe the poor soul. But when you look at those tombstones and let me just find out if you're the same kind of people that I am. When I look at a tombstone the first thing I look at is the dates. See you're just like me. Born a certain day, died a certain day. Then what do you do, you subtract and you think that was fifty seven that was too young to die or nineteen what a tragedy. You know you're subtracting those numbers and you're thinking about death. Well you know when you look at that tombstone, the date you were born and the date you die it's really the dash in the middle that's important to us. Because that's what we live. That's that little space of time. It's not you know how you died or when you died it's how you live that matters. It's what you did with the dash. You didn't have anything to do with your birth, you don't control your birth, and you don't control your death. But what you do is you cont ...

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