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Death & Eternity

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Which Is Better? (Eccl. 7:1)

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Which Is Better? (Ecclesiastes 7:1) Mike Johnson “A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth” (Eccl. 7:1).  The first part of this verse is what one would expect to find in the Scriptures (also note Pb. 22:1).  However, the second part might cause people […]

What Will Be Said About You?

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What Will Be Said About You? Mike Johnson Epitaphs (defined as “a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument) have always been of interest to me. They often depict people’s attitudes about life after death. They may say something kind about a person who has died, perhaps pointing out how sorely all will miss […]

What Is More Important?

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What Is More Important? (Ps. 37:6) Mike Johnson David probably wrote Psalm 37 in the latter stages of his life.  This psalm’s intent seems to be to encourage God’s people who are facing difficulties in life.  Verse 16, which is more like a proverb, says, “A little that a righteous man has is better than […]

Precious Is the Death of a Saint (Ps. 116:15)

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Precious Is the Death of a Saint (Psalm 116:15) Mike Johnson  Psalm 116:15 informs us,  “Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints.”  What does this mean?  People think of death in many different ways.  A loved one’s death is one of the greatest agonies people typically face in their […]

Precious in the Sight of the Lord

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Precious in the Sight of the Lord Mike Johnson Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”  We think of death in many different ways. The death of a loved one is one of the greatest agonies a person can face in his/her life. Typically, we think of […]

The House of Mourning (Eccl. 7:2)

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The House of Mourning Mike Johnson Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart.“ Why is it better to go to the house of mourning than to the house […]

A Blessed Rest

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A Blessed Rest Mike Johnson Revelation 14:13 says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”  The word “blessed” means “happy.”  There is an […]

Everything I Have Is for Sale . . .

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“Everything I Have Is for Sale . . .” Mike Johnson Many years ago, a friend of mine had a classic automobile.  He took care of that car.  Every so often, he would have it painted and would keep it polished to a showroom shine.  He took good care of it mechanically; any work needed, […]

Two Mandatory Appointments (Heb. 9:27)

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TWO MANDATORY APPOINTMENTS Mike Johnson    There are very few things in life that we absolutely must do.  A person does not even absolutely have to eat.  A person, of course, must eat if he wants to live, but he can stop eating and die if he wanted to.  However, we cannot avoid two future […]

A Faithful Man Who Feared God Above Many

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A FAITHFUL MAN WHO FEARED GOD ABOVE MANY  Mike Johnson The book of Nehemiah tells about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem by the Jews who returned from the Babylonian captivity.  After the completion of the walls, Nehemiah appointed Hanani, his brother, and Hananiah as rulers of Jerusalem. It is interesting to note the statement made […]

Some Facts About the Judgment

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SOME FACTS ABOUT THE JUDGMENT  Mike Johnson What does the Bible teach about the Judgment Day?  We need to understand particular facts about the judgment.  It is frequently mentioned in God’s Word and was often preached (Acts 24:25; 10:42).  Consider some facts in God’s Word about the judgment. IT IS CERTAIN Few things in life […]

The Spirits in Prison (I Peter 3:18-20)

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The Spirits in Prison Mike Johnson I Peter 3:18-20 is a passage, which has prompted many questions. It speaks of Jesus having gone to preach to the spirits in prison. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the […]

You Can Only Live So Long

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YOU CAN ONLY LIVE SO LONG Mike Johnson You can only live so long.”  According to an AP article, these were the last words of a tenor as he performed at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York City, during a production.  The man was standing at the top of a ten-foot ladder when he […]

Setting Sail on the Seas of Eternity (II Timothy 4:6)

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Setting Sail on the Seas of Eternity (“My Departure Is at Hand”) Mike Johnson In 2 Timothy 4:6, while in a Roman prison near the end of his life, Paul wrote, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.” The Greek word (analusis), which is translated “departure,” occurs […]

To Live is Christ / To Die is Gain (Phil. 1:21)

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TO LIVE IS CHRIST/TO DIE IS GAIN Mike Johnson Paul wrote the book of Philippians, as well as some other books, while in a Roman prison.  He was in prison awaiting a decision about his fate.  He might be released and would then be able to continue preaching.   However, the decision could go against him, […]

Strike the Tent

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STRIKE THE TENT  Mike Johnson The last words said by people before they die occur under a variety of circumstances. Sometimes people speak their last words without realizing that death is near. For example, a person’s final utterances may be a comment about what a beautiful day it is. Sometimes a person’s last words may […]

The Brevity of Life

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The Brevity of Life Mike Johnson The Bible uses many different terms to express the brevity of life.  It describes life as a wind, a cloud, grass, a flower, and also as a vapor. (Job 7:6-10, 14:1-2; James 4:14; I Pet. 1:24).  The Christian and the alien sinner constantly need to have the concept of […]

God’s View of the Death of the Righteous

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God’s View of the Death of the Righteous Mike Johnson Dealing with the death of a loved one can be one of the greatest agonies that a person has to face.  We think of the death of a loved one in terms of heartache, tears, sorrow, and pain.  Yet, Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight […]

Carried by Angels

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Carried by Angels  Mike Johnson An interesting line occurs near the end of Hamlet, as Shakespeare has Horatio saying these words as Hamlet dies: “…Good night, sweet prince, / And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” (5.2.361-2). Shakespeare’s idea of angels being near when an individual dies does not conflict with what we […]