Sermon Text: Genesis 3:19 and Ecclesiastes 3:20

Scriptures Referenced: John 11:35, Revelation 21:4, Job 14:5, Matthew 6:27, Romans 8:5–6, Romans 6:13, John 11:24–27, Revelation 1:17–18,  


"We usually live with an unconscious image of earth as a large, stable, secure place, the absolute, the center, with Heaven and Hell as barely visible points in the sky, shimmering and remote fantasies, tiny and uncertain. In fact, it is Earth that is tiny and uncertain."  — Peter Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new." — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005

"It affects our whole life to know whether the soul is mortal or immortal." — Blaise Pascal, Pensees

"We are the most in debt, obese, addicted, and medicated adult cohort in US history…We make the uncertain certain...we perfect...we pretend." — Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability, TEDxHouston, June 12, 2010

"Maybe dullness is associated with psychic pain because something that’s dull or opaque fails to provide enough stimulation to distract people from some other, deeper type of pain that is always there, if only in an ambient low-level way, and which most of us spend nearly all our time and energy trying to distract ourselves from feeling, or at least feeling directly or with our full attention. Admittedly, the whole thing’s pretty confusing, and hard to talk about abstractly… but surely something must lie behind not just Muzak in dull or tedious places anymore but now also actual TV in waiting rooms, supermarkets’ checkouts, airports’ gates, SUV’s backseats. Walkmen, iPods, BlackBerries, cell phones that attach to your head. This terror of silence with nothing diverting to do. I can’t think anyone really believes today’s so-called ‘information society’ is just about information. Everyone knows it’s about something else, way down." — David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

"Indifference is more fashionable today than it ever was before, except perhaps once: as Rome was dying—decadent, sophisticated, skeptical, relativistic, jaded, bored and promiscuous, skidding down its own mudslide of spiritual waste—exactly like us. By contrast, all young and healthy nations, cultures, and individuals are simple, strong, and passionate—never bland, indifferent and relativistic. If there is any certain symptom of social senility it is indifference, show in slogans like “anything goes”, “do your own thing”, “different strokes for different folks”, or “live and let live”.  — Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans

"For Jesus came to raise the dead. He did not come to reward the rewardable, improve the improvable, or correct the correctable; he came simply to be the resurrection and the life of those who will take their stand on a death he can use instead of on a life he cannot." — Robert Capon, Kingdom, Grace and Judgment


Grace Alone

Lord, I Need You

Mighty to Save


Amazing Grace