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"The End is Not the End" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I recently read Mitch Albom’s book, “Have A Little Faith.” Albom is a wonderful author. He wrote “Tuesdays With Morrie,” “The Five People You Will Meet In Heaven,” “For One More Day,” “The First Phone Call from Heaven.”

In his book, he told a story shared by his rabbi: A minister was visiting a country church. He began his sermon with a stirring reminder: “Everyone in this church is going to die!” The minister looked around. He noticed a man in the front pew, smiling broadly. “Why are you so amused?” he asked. The man replied, “I am not from this church. I’m just visiting my sister for the weekend.” Obviously, he missed the point.

Scripture is very clear about this. Hebrews chapter 9, verse 27: “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment.”

I come across many people who think and act as if they will be here forever. They won’t. I won’t. You won’t.

Somehow, I believe that we are a little better off if we occasionally remember our own mortality. That day is certainly coming for each one of us. There is no avoiding it.

This life is not all there is. The end is not really the end. Knowing that to be true, hold on to faith in Christ. Be kind. Be fair. We all must answer to a higher Judge one day.

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