Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Some people are deathly afraid of death. They do all they can to avoid death. The goal of their life is to not die. But living to avoid death is no way to live. The author of Hebrews calls this being a slave to the fear of death (Heb. 2:15). Furthermore, such a fear of… Continue reading Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

“The Mighty Lesson of Dying” (Kuyper)

  In his devotional called To Be Near Unto God, Abraham Kuyper wrote a great meditation on Hebrews 11:21 which says, "By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff" (NIV). The title of the meditation is "Dying He Worshiped."  The whole… Continue reading “The Mighty Lesson of Dying” (Kuyper)

End of Life: On Refusing Treatment (Meilaender)

 Tragically, it happens: we are diagnosed with an illness or condition that means death is inevitable sooner rather than later.  To knowingly face death is one of the hardest things in life, and it leads to some very difficult choices.  Should we undergo treatment(s) trying to prolong life?  Or should we forego them and perhaps… Continue reading End of Life: On Refusing Treatment (Meilaender)

Dear Christian: Do Not Fear Death

Thomas Brooks (d. 1680) wrote a booklet in 1657 called A String of Pearls.  This booklet is based on a funeral message he gave and it contains some reflections on the death of a saint (based on 1 Peter 1:4).  Below is a brief section of this booklet where Brooks gives reasons why Christians do… Continue reading Dear Christian: Do Not Fear Death

Death: Not A Passing Away

Though I don't want to become a word nazi, I believe the term "passing away" is neither a good nor helpful way to speak of death.  Because of its use in Eastern mystical religions and because of its checkered religious  history in Western culture, I try to avoid the term and simply say "death" or… Continue reading Death: Not A Passing Away