The Fear of Death

Written by C R Hamilton

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Becauserepparttar fear of death is such a strong governing force ofrepparttar 127038 human mind,repparttar 127039 threat of death acts as an advantage to some. Hold a gun to an unarmed person’s head and ask them for anything of value to them, in most instances they will give it. Others value some things such as family, friends and even material substances torepparttar 127040 point of death. However, this takes courage and lots of love, and sometimes lust. Nevertheless, when a person’s life is threatened, they will submit torepparttar 127041 one holdingrepparttar 127042 gun. Crooks, drugs dealers, robbers, murderers, child molesters, rapist, even businesspeople, congress people, celebrities, andrepparttar 127043 average working Joe knows that if push comes to shove, a gun and a serious demeanor can give them temporary power over their victim.

Notice Hollywood movies. Ninety-nine percent ofrepparttar 127044 time,repparttar 127045 antagonist usesrepparttar 127046 threat of death to get what they want fromrepparttar 127047 victim. Be it gun point, knives, bombs, alien invasion, war, or withrepparttar 127048 bare hands, if death isrepparttar 127049 antagonist’s strategy forrepparttar 127050 victim or victims, it makes for a adventurous movie. The fear of death makesrepparttar 127051 plot. Death also makes good sad stories. Whenrepparttar 127052 main or supporting character is suddenly stricken with sickness and dies afterrepparttar 127053 audience grows fond ofrepparttar 127054 character, it makes a good story. If there were no death, Hollywood would have no purpose, neither would many crooks.

Eternal life is an option for those who desire to live a fearless life. Free fromrepparttar 127055 threat of death and of Hell. Trusting in God and His promise of a heavenly kingdom will destroyrepparttar 127056 fear. In fact, many believers of God desire death over life any day. That means that after they die (or their body dies) they will be with God. This mindset takes great faith, faith that what God promised is true and real. Those who have this type faith do not fear death but await it. When those close to them die, it is no great loss or sorrow because they know that of that person hadrepparttar 127057 same faith, then they are with God.

Do not fear death. Fear death only if there is no faith in God. If there is no faith in God then there should be any belief in Satan, and if there is no belief in Satan, then do not fear death because this means there is nothing afterward inrepparttar 127058 afterlife. But who can be sure that there is anything? The human mind hasrepparttar 127059 ability to imaginerepparttar 127060 unimaginable and many people have no control over that realm ofrepparttar 127061 mind. Therefore, ifrepparttar 127062 mind says “know” then realize that there is something greater thanrepparttar 127063 mind. Trust God and live.

C R Hamilton is a published author of the book CONTENDER: A Defense Against False Prophets and Doctrine and also the author of many other articles concerning life, religion, and society.

Church Fundraising - Make a Connection

Written by Kimberly Reynolds

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Another way to display these donor recognition bricks that will strengthenrepparttar tie your church is to design and construct an attractive landscaping display. Many churches build a prayer garden and incorporate these engraved bricks inrepparttar 127037 sidewalks, planters, and rest/reflection areas.

Ask yourself if your church grounds could benefit from some additional landscaping. Then consider that each personalized brick could bring a donation of as much as $150 while also strengtheningrepparttar 127038 bond between donor and church. See examples at

What about high dollar capital campaign contributions?

For recognition purposes, nothing beats an attractive wall display in a high-traffic area such as a foyer or entryway. Let's face it. People like to see their good deeds recognized and they like to see them recognized where their friends and neighbors can also see.

The higherrepparttar 127039 campaign amounts sought for your church's capital campaign,repparttar 127040 more tasteful your recognition program should be. One simple method features engraved brass plaques on a polished wood backdrop. Donors selectrepparttar 127041 message they want displayed on their respective plaques. See examples at

Another method, which is somewhat fancier, involves a gift tree. A three dimensional sculpture of a tree with burnished metal leaves is fixed upon a wooden backdrop for wall mounting. Each leaf is engraved withrepparttar 127042 donor's message andrepparttar 127043 end result is high-quality artwork inrepparttar 127044 church's foyer or lobby. See examples at

For very personalized recognition, consider offering a cast bronze plaque that highlights individual contributions to a specific project. You can also offer smaller individual photo plaques that provide more room for customization ofrepparttar 127045 message. See examples at

There are many more ways to increase your church fundraising, but they'll have to wait for another article.

Good Luck and God Bless!

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