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Man Sues Hospital After He Didn't Die

Cross Spiritual Life Followership

Source: Article: "'Not cancer' patient claims costs," BBC News, May 7th, 2007

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-31

Scripture: John 10:10 ; Matthew 6:25

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In 2005, a man named John Brandick went to the doctor with troubling symptoms. The hospital performed some tests, told him he had terminal pancreatic cancer and only one year to live. When Mr. Brandick heard this news, he decided it was time to live the good life. He quit his job. He sold his home. His sold his car and most of his clothing. He started spending his life savings. He traveled. He ate at expensive restaurants. He splurged.

About a year later, around the time he was supposed to die, he went back to the hospital to find out why he was doing so well. It turned out, he didn’t have cancer after all. He merely had an inflammation of the pancreas. He was not dying. He was going to live!

Think for a moment how you would respond if you thought you were going to die of cancer and then found out you were cancer free! Mr. Brandick’s response? He sued the hospital for misdiagnosing him! 


Instead of suing the hospital, perhaps Mr. Brandick should have been thankful for a year of living his life to the fullest. How many of us ever really do that?  It is interesting that it took facing a death sentence before John Brandick really began to live. 

What is holding you back from living your life to the full? Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Have you experienced what Jesus promised you? If not, why not? Perhaps the answer is found where He also said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:24-25).

In other words, the key to real life, abundant life, is death. Death by way of self-denial and self-sacrifice.  Just as Mr. Brandick only began to really live be embracing his own death, so we find our lives by losing them.

Ironically, the meaning and purpose for which we were created can only be experienced in death. 

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Thank Your Waitress ...

Glorify God Ministry Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-07-05

Scripture: Matthew 4:4 ; 2 Corinthians 5:19

Author: Stephen Kingsley


The waitress at the cafe serves you the meal she did not purchase or prepare. The cafe owner purchases the food and the cook labors over every detail of the preparation. Yet, they remain hidden, unknown and unseen. The waitress takes orders and places the food on the table and is the one who hears the words, "Thank you!"


In much the same way, pastors take prayer requests and serve you the Good News of Christ. It is appropriate to give them an occasional "thank you," but be sure to give the ultimate credit and glory to God for all that you receive in life, the tangible and the intangible, the physical and the spiritual. 

"But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

Die Already!

Death Spiritual Life Sanctification

Source: "Healthy 75-Year-Old Ends Her Life So She Won't Grow Old" By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff, Posted Aug 3, 2015 7:10 PM CDT | Updated Aug 8, 2015 6:59 AM CDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-30

Scripture: Philippians 1:21 ; Galatians 2:20

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Retired nurse, Gill Pharaoh, 75, said that it was her work in a nursing home that made her aware of the burdens old age placed on loved ones. Before checking in at the Lifecircle Clinic in Basel, Switzerland, to voluntarily end her life on July 21st, she said, “I do not want people to remember me as a sort of old lady hobbling up the road with a trolley.”

Ms. Pharaoh (obviously British) did not suffer from depression or any other incapacitating conditions. On her blog post she wrote that her life was slowly being sapped of the simple joys, like long walks and working in her garden.

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She spent a last evening in Basel with her life partner John that he describes as "tranquil and enjoyable." ... "Gill had been thinking about it for years and I had no intention of spoiling it by getting emotional and heavy." Her daughter Caron, also a nurse, admits the decision was hard on her, but Pharaoh wrote in her blog post that while many parents expect their children to care for them in their old age, she would not to put that burden on her own kids. "I had children for the personal and selfish reason that I wanted them for the pleasure and joy they bring. I want them to enjoy their middle years without having to worry about me."


This story stands out because Gill, while still active and in good health, decided it was time to die. She acted preemptively, ending her life before the pangs of old age could over take her.

Most of us would not condone Ms. Pharaoh’s actions. By contrast, we strive to squeeze every precious moment out of life. It doesn’t occur to us to act in such a drastic, preemptive way while still in good health. Even in decline, we naturally cling to as much of life as possible, for as long as possible.

Yet, in the spiritual realm, it’s just such a drastic, preemptive act that lies at the heart of the Christian life. Contrary to our natural inclinations, the Bible exhorts us to put to death the deeds of the flesh, to seek to be crucified with Christ, to die daily! To follow Christ’s call, we must be willing to move preemptively, before the pangs of sin and death overtake us.

But when life is good, few Christians wake up to face a day thinking “I must die today.” Rather, on our good days we think, “I’ve got this.” We live like we’re in one of those Bruce Willis movies, Die Hard, when God is actually telling us to hurry up and “Die Already!”

Feeling in control, we fail to see our need to be totally dependent on God. But Paul didn’t say “I die on my bad days.”  He said “I die daily.” Everyday, no matter what his circumstances were, Paul understood his need to die to a self-focused life—to put to death the desires of the flesh so that he might live in the Spirit.

Do you seek to preemptively deal with sin by dying to yourself everyday? Don’t plug along in your own strength, only yielding yourself to a state of total dependence on God in the midst of trial or failure. Why wait to be forced to an end of yourself? Choose to seek grace before a crisis. Be preemptive. Learn to lean on God in the good times as well as in the difficult times.

As contrary as it is to our natural inclinations, death to self is God’s preemptive strategy for dealing with sin and releasing the power of the Spirit in our lives.

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Life Is On The Wire

Risk Devotion Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-07

Scripture: Matthew 16:25

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The Final Frontier

Expectations Uncertainty Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-21

Author: Oswald Chambers / Illustration Exchange

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Freedom Is Not A Luxury

Freedom Bondage Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-09-25

Scripture: Galatians 5:1

Author: Neal Pollard

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Jesus Is Our Cure

Jesus, Savior Sin Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2014-01-28

Scripture: John 6:33 ; John 6:35

Author: Charles Schuyler

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Learning from the Locusts

Balance Spiritual Life Submission

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3

Author: Charles Spurgeon

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Broken Heart Syndrome Is Real

Brokenness Repentance Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-17

Scripture: Psalms 51:17 ; Matthew 5:4

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Live like it

Spiritual Life Dead (to sin) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Lynn Schuyler | Date Posted: 2013-02-06

Scripture: Romans 6:12

Author: Jerry Bridges

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