by Marvin D. Patterson

Will the Dead Live Again?
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 22:23-33

Grandpa Jones was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared. "Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success," he cackled. "I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now."

The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime.

"Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk."
A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself that he starts calling his wife "Mother of Six" in spite of her objections.

One night they go to a party. The man decides that it's time to go home, and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. He shouts at the top of his voice, "Shall we go home Mother of Six?"

His wife, irritated by her husbands' lack of discretion shouts back...

"Anytime you're ready, Father of Four!"

Throughout history, mankind has always had a fascination with the fact of whether there is life after death. Most all the peoples of antiquity had a belief that there is a life that continues after you complete your life on earth. The Egyptians believed in life after death to the point that the Pharaohs would build a pyramid with boats and supplies in it so they could sail through the heavens after this life was over. The American Indians sometimes were buried with bow, arrows, and horse so they could enjoy hunting in the next life on the happy hunting grounds. The ancient Greeks would be buried with a coin in the mouth so they could pay the fare over the mystic river of death and enter into the next life. The Eskimos were buried with a sled dog so they would have help crossing over into the afterlife. So there is engrained within mankind a desire t ...

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