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Death is a topic that many people are afraid to talk about. It’s not uncommon for individuals to experience fear and anxiety when thinking about what will happen to them when they die, especially if they don’t have faith in an afterlife. However, I want to encourage you by saying that death doesn’t have to be something we’re afraid to talk about.

As believers in Christ, we can take comfort in knowing that we’ll spend eternity with God in heaven. Romans 10:9-10 reminds us that all it takes is declaring Jesus as Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead – then we’re saved! I know firsthand how much peace this promise brings because before coming to faith, I didn’t care about death at all and even welcomed it as a way out of the pain in my life. But once my eyes were opened, I realized just how important it is for us to make sure our souls are right with God so we can be confident about where we’ll end up after this life ends. So if you’re feeling uneasy or uncertain about death, please know there’s hope – seek out a relationship with God today and find the peace He promises! ~ Bill Greguska

Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 

 

 


 

 

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The Death Of One Of My Best Childhood Friends!Death and taxes are inevidable. NeedEncouragement.com

I was talking to my neighbor Mike Mader when his wife Linda reminded Mike about a picture. Mike went to get the picture which I thought was that of their new dog, but when Mike handed the picture and frame to me through my car window I was shocked because he gave me a picture of his little brother Steve (Steve was my best friend until he died when he was 17 and I was 16 in 1976. That’s when my drug and alcohol problem went wildly and totally out of control, and depression too! I did not know how to cope with the loss of my friend Steve. I only had memories of the times Steve and I were best friends because I had no picture of him.
Steve and I spent so much time together such as we played basketball in the alley together for hours and hours, went swimming in his pool together, played billiards in his basement, and listened to Three Dog Night music together, he died because he siphoned his fish tank and some of the fungus got in his lung, they operated by taking his lung out, but unfortunately, the fungus went to his other lung and he suffocated to death.
I was lost and beside myself not knowing what to do at such a young age, so unfortunately, I ran to drugs and alcohol. That was a very very dark time of my life at age 16 back in high school. I got so depressed that I wished I could have died, but I was too afraid to try to kill myself thankfully, but the depression was so very heavy. It was a shock to me, because I was floating on a cloud being a basketball player, and then my life crashed to the ground when Steve died!
 
Mike gave me the picture of Steve through my car window, and I cried like a baby with joy for a couple of minutes! I haven’t seen Steve since I was 16 years old, I have no pictures of him except this one, (back then, young boys did not necessarily take pictures of one another… Just looking at Steve brings back so many memories, we were best buddies, and we were great companions and best of friends for so many years! 
 
When Linda, (Mike’s wife), told Mike to get “the picture” for me, I thought it was going to be a picture of their new dog, but when Mike handed me the picture of Steve it simply overwhelmed me. Life and death can sometimes be that way!
 
I can’t believe how seeing that picture of Steve made me cry so hard, it’s been 47 years since Steve died (1976), and many years later I gave Mike a sympathy card in memory of Steve, I stopped doing that a couple of years ago, I felt I needed to just move on in my life after grieving, but in my moving on, I still talked about Steve with both close friends and even strangers. My mom died in 2014 and I talk about her almost daily or at least weekly. 
 
It’s interesting how our brains are wired, right now looking at the picture of Steve brings back so many good childhood memories, Steve used to love shooting hook shots from the corner of the alley by his house, and we used to listen to Three Dog Night albums, race HO cars, enjoy the fish tanks he had in the basement, enjoy swimming together and other things such as baseball on the parkway with our neighbor friends. Seeing the picture is almost surreal and a blessing at the same time…
God puts people in our lives and takes them out for whatever reason He may have (His will). My pastor’s wife Sue Sauer told me and I agree that we need to keep people and things in our life that God gives us in an open palm because if God wants to take the person or thing back, with an open palm it will not be so painful. Plus keep in mind that we are only on this earth for a short time, then those of us who believe will be in heaven with God one day.

 

What Happens When You Die? Are You Ready For Death?


Every Believer Will Receive An Immortal, Glorified Body!

At death, we are absent from the body but consciously present with the Lord ~ 2 Corinthians 5:6
Physical and material ~ 1 John 1: 1-2
Transformed ~  Philippians 3:21
Recognizable ~  Luke 16:19-31
Imperishable ~ 1 Corinthians 15:42
Immortal ~ 1 Corinthians 15:53-57
Supernatural abilities ~ Luke 24:31,36
Sinless ~ Revelation 21:27
Glorified ~ Philippians 3:21
Unfailing ~ 1 Corinthians 15:42-43
Spiritual ~  1 Corinthians 15:44
Heavenly ~ 1 Corinthians 15:49-57
Radiant ~  Daniel 12:3
Unmarried ~  Matthew 22:30 
Fully mature ~ 1 John 3:2
No negative effects ~  Isaiah 65:17

 

 


 

 

 

Dealing With The Death Of An Unsaved Loved One!


 

 

 

Do You Have A Fear Of Death? NeedEncouragement.com

God has a time for each of us; the question is, are we using the time He has given us wisely?

Death Is The Beginning Of Eternity!

Many people fear death, but death is not to worry about, especially if you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I do not fear death, although the thought of suffering is something that I have had to take to the Lord in prayer. Whatever the Lord’s will is, I agree with all my chips.  Some people fear death and dying, but there ought not to be any fear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Look Back At Your Life ~ And Where Is It Going?


 

Are You Fearful Of Death?

Death is a topic that many people shy away from, for it signifies the end of life as we know it. It can be daunting to consider what may lie beyond this earthly existence, and sometimes the fear can become overwhelming. However, I believe that with faith in God and His promise of eternal life in heaven, there is no need to be afraid. Through Romans 10:9-10, we are reassured that simply confessing our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will guarantee us salvation and everlasting peace. As someone who once lived without regard for death or what lay beyond it, I am grateful for the knowledge that my future is secure thanks to my relationship with God. Death may come for all of us someday; however, we have the power to choose where we spend eternity by accepting God’s love and grace into our hearts. So let us not fear death but instead embrace each day with hope and joy knowing that even after death comes new life through faith in Christ!

 

 


 

 

 

Bill & Mom with Dog shirts on. Mom's death was more a celebration of her life! NeedEncouragement.com

After taking care of my mom for the last eight years of her life! She lived a good long life of 93 years! Which made saying goodbye to her with her death a natural part of life! 

My Mom Did Not Fear Death!

My mom knew the Lord, and she did not fear death, yet just like me, she was not fond of the idea of possibly suffering in pain growing old, yet she and I both were prepared to do whatever the Lord’s will was going to be.

You have heard it say to keep your fork at the dinner table because the best part is coming: the Desert. When I die, I want to have a fork in my casket to remind others that the best is yet to come, heaven!

My first experience of heaven is, that the best yet to come to me, was my best friend, Steve Mader, I was 16 years old, and his death hit me very hard. So hard that it led me to find so-called comfort in alcohol and drugs. If I had reached out to someone to talk things out, it might not have been so traumatic of an experience that his death brought me.

My mother, Diana Greguska, was another painful death. But my mom lived to be 93, and I had the opportunity to take care of her for the last eight years of her life since she helped me my entire life! You can read more about my mom in a diary that I wrote in honor of her life. ~ Bill Greguska

 

 


 

 

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Things You Can Say To Comfort Someone! 

  1. “I’m sorry for your loss.”
  2. “You are in my thoughts/I’m thinking of you.” 
  3. “He/she was a wonderful person.”
  4. “I will miss him/her.” 
  5. “This must be so hard for you.” 
  6. “I love you.” 
  7. “When you’re ready, I’d like to get together to learn more about the person who died.” 

 

 


Dr. David Jeremiah’s Teaching On Death!


 

Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:

Revelation 21:4 ESV

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Romans 14:8 ESV 

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 

And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Luke 23:43 ESV 

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

John 3:16 ESV 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Thessalonians 4:14 ESV 

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

John 11:26 ESV

And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 23:4 ESV 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

John 11:25-26 ESV 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Matthew 10:28 ESV 

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

John 14:1-4 ESV

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Ecclesiastes 9:5 ESV 

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

1 Corinthians 15:26 ESV 

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Psalm 146:4 ESV 

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day, his plans perish.

Hebrews 9:27 ESV 

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

Ezekiel 18:32 ESV 

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

 


 

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