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JoAnn England
JoAnn England
October 17, 1933-July 19, 2013. JoAnn England, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed on Friday July 19, 2013. She was the senior Adult Coordinator at Marietta First United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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July 30, 2013
I know its disheartening when a loved one dies. But the Bible shows us what will happen with our dead loved ones. They are not just gone and forgotten.Well, the Bible makes the promise: “Your dead ones will live.…They will rise up.” And the Bible also says: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.”—Isaiah 26:19; Psalm 37:29

The Bible makes it clear that God did not originally intend for humans to die. He created the first human pair Adam and Eve, placed them in an earthly paradise called Eden, and instructed them to have children and extend their Paradise home earth wide. They would die only if they disobeyed his instructions.—Genesis 1:28; 2:15-17. Death is thus an absence of life. The Bible draws the contrast: “The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life.” (Romans 6:23) Showing that death is a state of total unconsciousness, the Bible says: “For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) When a person dies, the Bible explains: “His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; in that day his thoughts do perish.”—Psalm 146:3, 4.
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