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We are pleased to present the sermons of Dr. James Merritt, one of America’s great expository preachers. For more than 40 years, Dr. Merritt has preached God’s Word through the local church he pastors, as well as through Touching Lives weekly television broadcasts. 

Dr. Merritt’s messages are available here via digital download, along with outlines, note pages, PowerPoint slides and other resources, for a modest cost.

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The Unbeatable Clock

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Scriptures: Hebrews 9:27-28, 2:15, 10:26-27, Romans 5:12, 6:23


If there is one thing that the sudden death of a loved one reminds you of it is that you just do not know for certain the number of your days. But what we do know is that God has an appointed time for each and every person to die. That clock is ticking for every one of us and we don’t know when the ticking will stop.


Death is a difficult topic to teach, and a sermon about death can make people uncomfortable. In this message, which Dr. Merritt originally preached not long after the tragic death of a church staff member, we understand not only the appointment we must keep with death, but that hope in Christ we have when God chooses to draw our lives to a close.


"Do you realize that human beings are the only living organisms in the universe that know they are going to die? Animals don’t know they are going to die. Plants don’t know they are going to die, but human beings know they are going to die. That is what bothers us so much. The other thing that is so troubling is the uncertainty of death. We know we are going to die, but we don’t know when, we don’t know where and we don’t know how." --Dr. Merritt


Keywords: death, dying, ending, tragic, tragedy, appearance, judgment, Dustin Hoffman, plane crash, Samarra, Bagdad, sin, appeal, accept, salvation, final, clock, ticking, warning, Jesus Christ


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