THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY
228 NORTH EL MOLINO AVENUE, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91101-1675
Otis Q. Sellers, Founder David R. Hettema, Director
VOLUME 2, NO. 36 JANE SELLERS HANCOCK, EDITOR JUNE 2005
Thoughts from the Editor
Jane S. Hancock
I sit in a church in Phoenix, Arizona. The family has gathered for the “celebration” of Sheri’s life. Sheri, who died just three days before, had a malignant brain tumor, and her death was not unexpected.
The church is full. More than three hundred people gather here.
I have tissues in my hand, just in case, but they are not necessary. Although I know what the “world” believes about death, to hear it said over and over stuns me. As the minister speaks, as each person stands to say a few words, the message is repeated: “Sheri is in the arms of Jesus. She is happy now. She is in heaven. She wants you to be with her. She waits for you to be with her. She looks down and sees us.”
I am uncomfortable. I can’t cry. If going to heaven was what she wanted, why did she fight so hard for four years to stay alive? And if going to heaven is so wonderful, why do we all fight so hard to stay alive? According to the Bible, death is an enemy. Death is the end of life, not the beginning. This truth is rejected by the world.
I think of the religious and secular pictures of heaven (and hell, too), the images. Would I really want to leave earth and go to a place where I walk on clouds, sprout wings, balance a halo on my head, wear white flowing robes, and seem to have nothing to do except look down on earth and wish that all my friends were with me? Would anyone really want that?
I’d rather be dead. I’d rather be in the ground waiting resurrection. God’s answer to death is resurrection: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Cor. 15:22).
In a newspaper article, Otis Q. Sellers said this about death and what the world believes: “… most professing Christians are living in a constant state of ignorance and unbelief so far as God’s revelation concerning death is concerned. They refuse to inform themselves, they close their eyes to all Biblical facts, and thus they stand as truth rejecters in the sight of God….
“The salient Biblical fact concerning death is that it is the end of life, not the beginning of a new one. In other words, the Bible teaches that the dead are dead until they are raised from it. If this is not true, then death is meaningless and resurrection is more so. If death is a reality, then resurrection is also.
“The widespread view is a philosophy that makes death to be the open door or introductory event to a larger and fuller life. Thus the role of resurrection is assigned to death. This is not right” (see One-A-Day, page 26).
If the role of resurrection is not assigned to death, why then remove people from this euphoric state and bring them back to earth? Resurrection becomes meaningless.
At Forest Lawn in Los Angeles are two graves, the graves of Otis Q. Sellers and his wife, Mildred. I am content knowing my parents’ remains are there. I am content because I believe that the dead are dead. Isaiah 38 tells of the death of King Hezekiah. Isaiah the prophet delivered this message from the Lord: “… Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live” (Isa. 38:1).
Moses said to Israel,”… I have set before you life and death,… therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live” (Deu. 30:19). I am content because I believe in the resurrection of the dead and I know some day, during the Kingdom of God,
that will happen and we can be together again on this earth. No halos, no harps (except at the Philharmonic), no clouds to walk on, just God’s green earth as it should be—a world in which absolute justice prevails, where things that are wrong have been set right. That’s a picture I can see. That is what I believe.
For further reading on the subjects of Death and Resurrection, we recommend the following, written by Otis Q. Sellers:
Seed & Bread No. 79, What Is Death?
Seed & Bread No. 80, Concerning Resurrection
Seed & Bread No. 82, What Does Sheol Mean?
Seed & Bread No. 83, If A Man Die?
Seed & Bread No. 84, Is It Gain To Die?
Seed & BreadNo. 183, What Does “Torment “Mean?
Seed & BreadNo. 184, WhatDoes “Gehenna”Mean?
Seed & Bread No. 185, More About Gehenna
Seed & Bread No. 186, WhatDoes “Destruction”
Six Messages on the Resurrection Sheol, Hades and Destruction The Resurrections The Rich Man and Lazarus
From the Director David R. Hettema
The Word of Truth Ministry is pleased to have the opportunity to send with this Bulletin a copy of our latest booklet, The 8 Signs of John’s Gospel. The booklet deals with the eight exclusive miracles that God’s Spirit inspired the Apostle John to present to men as the bridge or path to know Jesus Christ as the Creator/Savior/Almighty God, the One Who graciously forgives the sins of all individuals who read and believe this amazing record.
All names on our mailing list will receive a copy. If you want additional copies, they will be available from The Word of Truth Ministry at $4.50 each (see page 48 hi the booklet for ordering and shipping information). Our purpose and prayers concerning this booklet are that many people will come into contact with the Word of God through it. Sadly, many church members, even many who claim to be “Christians,” are blind to the fact that it is not a relationship with a church that brings eternal life and the forgiveness of sins, but a freely given relationship with God, brought about by just “believing the record God has given of His Son, Jesus Christ.”
I want to preface the good news about our computer web site by assuring all of our readers who do not have computers that we will always continue to supply everyone on our mailing list with printed copies of any and all material offered on the Internet. Please send your requests to The Word of Truth Ministry home office hi Pasadena.
We are presently planning to go forward with the new and expanded web site for the Word of Truth Ministry. Bob Hammond and his team of unsung, hard working experts have prepared a tremendous amount of Otis Q. Sellers’ written and audio materials that will be displayed and available to personal computer users all over the world. This long-planned change is being activated because the present web site is proving to be increasingly limited and obsolete. There will be some new initial costs and continuing maintenance fees that are reasonable and acceptable to the Board of Directors. All those involved with the preparation of the Internet project have given of then- time and talents without remuneration. We urge everyone who is moved to support this expanding Ministry to encourage them with your financial help.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where
moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and
steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do no break in
and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will
be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
In Memory of Mrs. Hettema
Friends of The Word of Truth Ministry will be saddened by the news that Norma Hettema, wife of Executive Director, David Hettema, died Thursday, June 16, 2005, after an accelerated cancerous illness at the Huntington Memorial Hospital hi Pasadena, California. Her husband and children—Pete, Susan, Kathy and Phil—were at her side when she expired. She leaves four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ten days before her death, she attended the Sunday Bible Class, sharing with us a present she had received for her 82nd birthday celebrated earlier—a wonderful book of pictures of the newest great-grandchild. We will miss Norma sitting hi her familiar spot hi the second row, her friendly greeting, and her interest hi anything important to anyone of us personally. Perhaps, most of all, we will miss her constant support of her husband, who has carried on the work of The Word of Truth Ministry. Norma was his life companion, his anchor, and his confidante.
A memorial service was held on June 25,2005, at the home of her son, Pete Hettema. She now awaits resurrection hi the future kingdom of God.
BIBLE STUDY AUDIO TAPES
By Otis Q. Sellers, Bible Teacher
The entire Tape Library (TL) series, consisting of numbers TL-1 to TL-570, is available on cassettes. A complete list of subjects may be obtained from the home office in Pasadena, CA, or by writing or e-mailing:
The Word of Truth Ministry
Mrs. Gwen Staiger, Recorder
121 Wood Oak Dr., Joshua, TX 76058
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We Get Letters
Compiled by Jane Sellers Hancock
“I do so enjoy all the bulletins and studies that you send. I am so thankful for the many years we had Mr. Sellers as our teacher and think now of how very clear he taught the Word, week and after week. I always looked forward to every week when it was time to not only meet for our class but we were able to visit with Mrs. Sellers and Jane when she was a young child… I love the booklet filled with Seed & Bread leaflets and have read them over and o