Date: June 10, 2001

Series: Developing a Christian Worldview

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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The Tree of Life
What God Says About Death


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“Everybody has to die, but Iíve always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?” -- William Saroyan

“Itís not that Iím afraid to die; I just donít want to be there when it happens.” -- Woody Allen

“The great denial of the 19th century was sex. The great denial of the 20th is death.” -- Billy Graham


Genesis 3:24
“After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

Revelation 22:14,17
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”



What is death?



What kind of hope does God offer?



How can we respond to the grief and trauma of death?





True hope changes sorrow, but does not obliterate it. Death is not to be taken as a Ďnormal beautiful releaseí, but as an enemy which separates body from spirit and human beings from each other. It spoils the beautiful creation of God. It is so basically an enemy that God says he will pay a great price, a ransom, to deliver us from deathís power: “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.”

Edith Schaeffer, Affliction




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