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GLMX #245: How to Defy Death

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A recent feature story in the Washington Post states: “For centuries, explorers have searched the world for the fountain of youth. Today’s billionaires believe they can create it, using technology and data.” The story went on to describe how Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, and Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, met with a molecular biologist and theoretician to discuss how they can use technology to slow down ageing and greatly elongate the human lifespan. The story also reported that Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, “has proclaimed his wish to live forever and has donated more than $430 million to anti-aging research.” He told his biographer, “Death has never made any sense to me. How can a person be there and then just vanish, just not be there?”

No doubt, every person who has lived has had questions about death. And nearly everyone has wondered at one time or another how they can extend their life or remain younger longer. Television ads about anti-aging creams and techniques populate the airwaves. People fret over dieting and health issues in an effort to look and feel younger. People have a seemingly natural desire to live longer — even to defy death and live forever. Continue Reading…

GLMX #244: Everything is Done for Us

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During the celebration of Christmas, many people spend time frantically searching for, buying, and wrapping gifts to give to others. During the celebration of Thanksgiving, many turn toward family, food, and fun, and making sure that everyone has a good time. During the celebration of a New Year, we are forced to ponder the past and the future and we strive to do those things that will make our future better than our past.

The celebration of Easter, however, is unique. The reason why millions celebrate this holiday has nothing at all to do with anything we have done or can do for ourselves, for others, or for God. Rather, Easter commemorates what God did for us in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, to be buried, and to rise from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was a once-in-history event that had never happened before and has never happened since. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the singular event in history that stands above all others in scope or importance, and each of us alive today benefit from the event commemorated by the celebration of Easter. We do not have to do anything to make Easter happen. Easter has happened to us and for us.

What are the main benefits that we gain from the events that are commemorated on Easter. Continue Reading…

GLMX #243: “We Never Really Die”

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There is a thrilling chase scene in the movie “Lucy”, in which the main character, also named Lucy, has commandeered a police car and is driving it through Paris at high speed with a frightened police officer in the passenger seat. At one point, the police officer says to Lucy, “I’d rather be late than dead.” And, Lucy, replies, “We never really die.”

Although “Lucy” is a science fiction film, and many of the scientific claims in the film are questionable, that statement is actually true. We never really die.

Of course, you will face physical death at some point. However, your body is not all there is to your existence. The really real part of you is your soul or your spirit. That part of you will never die. Your soul or spirit is what makes you really alive. When your body falls away, you will still exist. Psalm 22:26 states, “Your heart shall live for ever.”

Perhaps you have heard stories of people who have died in car accidents and were later revived. Many of those people have reported “floating” above the scene of the accident and being able to see their body lying on the ground or on a stretcher with emergency medical personnel trying to revive them. At death, our spirits separate from our bodies. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when we die, “Then shall the dust [the body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”

Our concern, dear friend, ought not to be whether we will live forever — because we will — but WHERE we will live forever. Our souls will end up in one of two places — either in Heaven, a place of eternal happiness, joy, and peace, or Hell, a place of eternal suffering, pain, and remorse. Matthew 25:46 states that some will “go away into everlasting punishment” while others will go “into life eternal.” Fortunately for us, we can decide where we will go to spend eternity. God has placed that ability in our hands. If you want to spend eternity in Heaven, allow me to show you how you can make that decision today. Continue Reading…

GLMX #242: So You Want Someone to Complete You?

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In 1996, the somewhat romantic comedy film “Jerry Maguire” was a smash hit at the box office. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Jerry tells his girlfriend, Dorothy, “I love you… You complete me.” That phrase, or some variation of it, has been repeated probably millions of times by people who are searching for their soulmate or who think they have found that special someone. Perhaps, you have even said something similar once or twice yourself. Even married couples sometimes refer to their spouse as their “better half”, implying that they are not whole without the other person.

At some point in our lives, everyone will feel a sense of emptiness or incompleteness. However, this does not indicate that we are simply in need of a romantic partner. In fact, many people who desire to be married and who are actively searching for someone to marry go through life single because they feel that they have never met that person who “completes” them. As relationship expert Jane Garapick says, those who are looking for someone to “complete them” often feel as though their life has no direction or purpose when they are not in a relationship or they have an emotional emptiness that they are looking for someone else to fill.

The problem with looking for someone else to “complete” you or fill a need in your life is that, often, that other person is looking for someone to “complete them” as well. They are looking to you to fill a need in their life! And there is no way two incomplete people can complete each other.

Today, I want to tell you about Someone whom you can find completeness in — complete happiness, complete joy, complete contentment, complete peace, complete fulfillment, and complete assurance about your life today and your future. His name is Jesus Christ. And the Bible tells us that those who know Him “are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Another translation of the same verse says that “you are filled [or fulfilled] in Him.” In other words, once you have Jesus Christ, you do not need anyone else to fulfill you or complete you. Continue Reading…

GLMX #241: Are You Building Your Little ‘EMPIRE’?

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Empire

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“Empire” is one of the hottest shows on television this year. It tells the story of Lucious Lyon — the owner of a massive music conglomerate called Empire Records. He grew up on the streets and sold drugs to survive as a young man, but eventually bankrolled his rap skills into music industry gold. Seventeen years after he got his start, Lucious is diagnosed with ALS and is given approximately three years to live. So, he turns his attention to securing his company’s position at the top of the music world and grooming one of his three boys to be his successor. A ruthless king seeking to ensure his legacy, Lucious is building his empire and won’t let anyone stand in his way.

Many of us can identify with Lucious’ desire for success, fame, fortune, and glory. Deep inside of each of us is a yearning to do something great with our lives and have something to show for it long after we are gone. Yet, earthly riches and success can be elusive. Millions of people chase after success, fame, and fortune, even though they know they will leave it all behind when they die. King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, ‘There is a man who labors with wisdom, knowledge, and equity; yet to a man that has not labored shall he leave it all. This is vanity and a great evil.’ In fact, this king, who was also one of the wealthiest people of his day, said, ‘I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.’

When you think about it, it is really a waste of time to spend your life trying to build an empire on earth. First, you may never reach your goals; and, second, you will have to leave it all behind anyway. Continue Reading…