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What happens when we die?
"Sooner or later all of us must face up to death. Energetic adolescents ignore it, and their middle-aged parents often pursue illusions of perpetual youth. But the elderly and terminally ill know better. Nothing in life is as certain as death. And we all wonder what happens when our friends and loved ones die." So begins John Cooper in a Calvin Seminary Forum article. Cooper goes on to talk about the most common Christian view, that we exist with Christ, apart from the body until the resurrection. Then he discusses some questions and challenges to this view. Do souls survive apart from the body? Is there even such a thing as a metaphysical soul separable from the body or is that just Greek Platonism? What about near-death experiences?
What's NewGenesis to Revelation Bible Course
by William M. Groom
The word “Bible” from the Greek word “Biblos” means “Book.” Christians reverently call it “Holy Bible.” Our Lord called it “The Scriptures.” Paul called it the “Holy Scriptures,” also “The Word of God.” The word “Testament” means “Covenant,” so we have the Old Testament which contains the Covenant and its outworkings, which God gave to Israel, and the New Testament which contains the Covenant of Grace which came through Jesus Christ. The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, and the New Testament wholly in Greek.
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Featured HymnOh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
by Charles Wesley
In 1739, for the first anniversary of his conversion, Charles Wesley wrote an eighteen-stanza text beginning "Glory to God, and praise and love." It was published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740), a hymnal compiled by Wesley and his brother John. The familiar hymn "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues" comes from stanzas 1 and 7-12 of this longer text. Stanza 7 is the doxology stanza that began the original hymn. Wesley acquired the title phrase of this text from Peter Böhler, a Moravian, who said to Wesley, "If I had a thousand tongues, I would praise Christ with them all."
Basil the Great on the Holy Spirit:
[The Spirit's] operations, what are they? For majesty ineffable, and for numbers innumerable. ... [The Spirit] existed; He pre-existed; He co-existed with the Father and the Son before the ages. ... Is it Christ's advent? The Spirit is forerunner. Is there the incarnate presence? The Spirit is inseparable. Working of miracles, and gifts of healing are through the Holy Spirit. Demons were driven out by the Spirit of God. The devil was brought to naught by the presence of the Spirit. Remission of sins was by the gift of the Spirit, for 'ye were washed, ye were sanctified ... in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the holy Spirit of our God.' There is close relationship with God through the Spirit, for 'God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father.' The resurrection from the dead is effected by the operation of the Spirit, for 'Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created; and Thou renewest the face of the earth'.
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