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Memorial Service for Bea Campbell


Joseph Bayly, delightful, personal friend now in heaven, was flying from Chicago to the city of Los Angeles. He engaged the woman sitting next to him in conversation. She was a little over 40, well dressed, and quite articulate. He asked, "Where are you from?"

She said, "From Palm Springs."

Knowing Palm Springs to be a city of the rich and famous, he asked, "What's Palm Springs like?"

Being perceptive, she answered, "Palm Springs is a beautiful place filled with unhappy people."

Taking advantage of the occasion, he pressed the question, "Are you unhappy?"

She said, "Yes, I certainly am."

'Why?" he asked.

She said, "I can answer it in one word, and that word is mortality. Until I was 40, I had perfect eyesight. Shortly after, I went to the doctor because I couldn't see as well as I could before. Ever since that time, these corrective glasses have been a sign to me that not only are my eyes wearing out, but I'm wearing out. Some day I'm going to die. I really haven't been happy since that time."

Ladies and gentlemen, these words summarize the feelings of millions of Americans today. We don't want to lose what we have or be reminded that death is coming to us as it is for everyone else in the human race. As someone has said, "The only certainty in life is death."

There are only three things you can do about death. You can accept it and prepare for it by receiving Jesus Christ as your only Savior. You can fear it and spend all of your money and all of your time and resources running to escape it. Or you can ignore it and subscribe to the words of H. L. Mencken, who said, "Death is a universal conspiracy not ...

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Dr. Howard Hendricks is chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also involved in ministry through books, publications, radio, and video.

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I. Death is going to sleep

II. Death is a journey

III. Death is going home