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“If I plan my estate or end-of-life decisions, it means that I accept that I will die, and I don’t want to talk about such things.” That was Susan’s response to a Gift Planning Counselor. That counselor pointed her to the words of Jesus in John 11 when He said, “I am the resurrection and the life … everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” Their conversation centered around the truth that because of Jesus and His death and resurrection, “death no longer has dominion over [you].” (Romans 6)

Whether here on earth or with the Lord in heaven, life continues. “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on[a] we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Corinthians 5:1–4)

Having this conversation gave Susan a sense of peace. She completed put her Christian Estate Plan with the assistance of her Gift Planning Counselor. She was thankful that this process had finally enabled her to get beyond the fear of death and dying that had haunted her throughout her life.

Is it time for you to do the same?

Jason Jones, CGP, CDE, is Saint John’s Gift Planning Counselor. Jason works with individuals in our congregation who want to discover the lifetime plan that God has planted in their heart. He will help them to use this plan to Transfer the Blessings God has given them to their family and the ministries they love. This service comes to you at no cost as a member of Saint John’s. To schedule a free meeting with Jason or ask questions about this special opportunity, visit, call (970) 988-0305 or email .