Craig Groeschel | – Death: His Sting and Defeat (by David Bowden for Church Online)

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Comment (50)

  1. dude how can you be so judgmental, God doesn't judge our appearance he judges our hearts!1 Samuel 16:7 – "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (NIV)
    so what if he wearing clothes the world wears,

  2. You should make sure to take LSD for you Sunday's sacrament…And you should do yoga and practice sexual yoga. Learn alot of esoteric knowledge and pray to Yoda (Star Wars) and you will really advance spiritually in unfathomable ways. I like you but I don't think you would be willing to be close to me and feel things and this should change. Pornography is healthy at times. You have done incredibly well to be this free considering the power of oppression that you have dealt with….

  3. You can explore my channel. I'm trying to get it together, but I had alot of trials but hopefully more and better videos soon…You are the only "christian" site that I have posted on. Please feel free to pray & be critical but please don't just outright reject me. "DAVID you are my only hope!!!!" Please allow some spiritual confusion. Set aside thought when you can. The force be with you. LOVE (LSD is optional, but you must tune in & drop out of the old church completely. "Love is all you need"

  4. They don't live that way because God told them to. They live that way because of God and because they want to. I know what you mean by seeing people live their whole lives for God. But you gotta see our burden that we see, because we feel sorry for people living in a false reality that they don't know God and that will suffer an eternity in hell whether you believe that or not. You may call it religion but I call it truth.

  5. I used to deal with depression and i would HURT myself, cut deep into the flesh that god gave me. And i feel so despritly sorry about it . David Bowden showed me how important god is and how he loves each and everyone of us. I shouldnt destroy the body that god has given me i should thank him for the life he gave me, Im so thankful now (:

  6. Our god is one that doesn't tell us what to do, we choose to follow him. We live exactly how we want, and Christianity isn't a religion that were you are wrong. Christianity is about having a personal relationship with god.

    I totally agree with you, I too feel sorry for people who live in a false reality but I can assure you that it's not Christianity.

    The difference between Christianity and other so called religions is that our God raised from the dead, and he is not distant, he is near.

  7. Whoever is found will be stabbed to death. Whoever is captured will be executed. Their little children will be smashed to death right before their eyes. Their houses will be looted and their wives raped." (Isaiah 13:15-16 GWT)

    Praise the Lord!

  8. if i'm not mistaken, In Context, this is a prophecy against the "new babylon" and describing "the destruction of the Chaldean empire" so yes. i do find this a very accurate account of when one nation destroys another.
    needless to say, i don't think this is an appropriate place for this discussion (on both sides of the argument). Christian or not, we all can easily agree and appreciate the beauty and emotion behind this written and spoken word. so everyone lets please leave the comments for that

  9. "I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped . . . Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as he does when he fights a battle." (Zechariah 14:2-3 GWT)

    Praise the Lord!

  10. "This is what the Lord says: I will stir up trouble against you within your own household, and before your own eyes I will take your wives and give them to someone close to you [to be raped]. He will go to bed with your wives in broad daylight." (2 Samuel 12:11 GWT)

    Praise the Lord!

  11. Again, These comments should be to simply appriciate a talented artist's incredible work. Using it to argue religious differences is not something i want to be apart of.
    So if we could now reserve all comments to the sole purpose of the appreciation of this beautiful and breathtaking piece of written word, that would be great. Thankyou.

  12. Who said anything about "[u]sing [these comments] to argue religious differences?" I've not argued anything. Do you object to my recitation of Holy Scripture and subsequent offerings of praise to the perfect, loving, and just god of the Bible?

  13. Thank you for this video! It is powerful, because it speaks of the Truth that is alive and beating in our hearts!! We are FREE from death, in this world and in the next, and FREE to live for CHRIST!

    @dayna759– You're not alone. It's been a year and three months for me. You're in my prayers. 🙂

  14. +100 days of evangelism then how do you explain that Jesus said none is holy but him, for all are sinners?and yet he says that though we sin, and asking for forgiveness is not holiness, we can still come to the father through him?

  15. And I saw Him Death with his mighty sting
    Exhaling in every breath a plight He brings
    To the grave he gave victory triumphing over life
    With the fear of endlessly bendlessly we hide from our mortality
    Mortally wounded from birth we lie to ourselves from infancy
    Infinitely investing time in a life that will inevitably be taken 
    by this incredible creature that now stands before me, Death
    He manifests himself on ordinary days his six foot stomach growls with hunger pains
    For his meal he cannot wait so we are forced to taste him even before the grave
    We are all dying
    There is no other way
    I see him in haitian and japanese earthquakes
    Hes hating the escapees of his cruel wakes
    I see him in poverty 
    Impoverishing the quality of life for regions that are reachable
    And in those with the reach who find reason not to reach out to treat what is treatable 
    I see him in disease taking life out of uninfected yet affected families
    I see him in oppression, pressing down on the oppressed and the oppressor
    I see him in depression, in prosaic, in pain pills, in razor blades and bedside wills
    I see him in abuse: physical, mental, emotional misuse
    I see him in spiritual confusion, material obsession, physical possession
    I see him in marital transgressions, child with remorse from an ugly divorce
    I see him in our slavery to appearances, appearing to care more about our images than those in dying villages
    I see him in our ignorance, ignorant truth with some comfortable inference
    I see his emergence in our churches as we pull out emergency verses as deterrence to religious differences
    going on the defensive, defending our way of worship, making community worthless
    Death is killing us before we even enter the surface of the Earth
    We are in service of his words it is finished the end of our birth
    We cannot hide from his wretched curse for death and his grave we constantly rehearse

    Even God himself was coerced 
    Divinity immersed itself in humanity, humbly taking on flesh scorning vanity
    The world saw his way of life as insanity, insisting he cease speaking of this radical Christianity
    but man found him guilty, accusing God of blasphemy
    Performing the ultimate usurpation by slaying Christ on Cavalry
    But through their cowardly cross, Jesus embossed mankind with amnesty
    Championing over death with the beauty of his fatal injury
    And I know, many still doubt and rightfully so bringing up this inquiry
    What does that poor Jewish man dying on a Roman tree 2000 years ago have to do with me?
    I reply simply, Christ came and died to marry his bride to be
    And though death could kill the groom in could not kill the ring 
    God made us one with Christ and life in matrimony’s cling
    Now the undying church his everliving wife can sing 
    Oh death where is your sting, oh grave where is your victory?
    For we have risen above your misery, we will not succumb to your finality
    We have overcome your infamous mystery and the infinite reign of Christ ministry
    For we are the resurrection, the insurrection of fatality
    We are the risen deity, the intersection of a dead yet living body
    We live through imperfections for we die to become holy
    We cannot be contained by the mouth of the grave 
    We are the willing slaves, the ones that rose from the garden cave  
    We pass through death to new birth 
    We gave the grave to the Earth 
    We claim today the cross’ worth
    The body of his rising, we are
    The risen Church