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Expensive jewelry, titles, name recognition, awards, upscale brands, prestigious zip codes – having these things excites a lot of people, according to pop singer Lorde. When you have these, you live large. But she craves “a different kind of buzz.” As I read the New Testament, Christians are to crave an altogether different kind of buzz, too. Paul describes it well enough in his letter to the Philippians: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”

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Sorry to disappoint, but the “blurred lines” to which I am referring are not the ones in the popular song. They are the blurred lines that I’ve discovered, thanks to reading Dr Sam Parnia’s fascinating book, Erasing Death. Research and modern life-saving techniques reveal that death is not a specific moment, as most of us think, but rather, a process. The event that begins the death process is a cardiac arrest. For whatever reason, when the heart stops pumping blood, cell deterioration begins almost immediately because the cells have been deprived of oxygen and cannot rid themselves of carbon dioxide. What science has learned is that by lowering the body temperature, cell activity slows, and accordingly, so does the need for oxygen. Chemicals that lower the body’s temperature can be introduced to slow the death processes, the fault can be repaired, the body re-warmed, and the heart restarted. The line between life and death has been blurred.

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At least once or twice a month my daughter relates how a customer at the restaurant where she manages blew up at her or another staff member, or how a customer devoured 95% of the meal and then claimed it was inedible and demanded a refund. Recently my wife told me about a man who was so furious with the city that he told those who were waiting on him that he hoped their houses would burn down. I must admit that the reality of original sin was driven home to me every Christmas season that I worked for JC Penney, waiting on impatient or greedy customers. We often cringe when we see or hear bad behavior, especially when kids are present. We don’t want them to pick up such bad attitudes or mimic such bad behaviors. We encourage them to stay away from such people.

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