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When the Dead Sit Up Luke 7:11-17

When the Dead Sit Up

Someday, there will be no more funerals.

At a Glance

Imagine a funeral where the deceased is most certainly in attendance -- but fully alive. Technically, the funeral would have to be canceled! Jesus raises a widow's son and, in doing so, gives us a foretaste of the day when all funerals will be canceled forever.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "Just How Much Is 'a Year's Supply'?" June 9, 2013, at

The iconic American humorist and author Mark Twain (real name, Samuel Clemens) was traveling abroad in London in May of the year 1897 when some newspapers back home reported that he was very ill and on his deathbed. Turns out that members of the press had confused Sam Clemens with his cousin James Ross Clemens, who was also in London at the time and actually quite sick (though he would recover). To clear up the false reports, Twain wrote a letter back home that was published in the New York Journal in which he said with his characteristic wit, "The report of my death...

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