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One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. It has such quotable lines, like when they bring dead Westley to Miracle Max for a miracle. 


Miracle Max: He probably owes you money huh? I'll ask him.

Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.

Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.


Then Miracle Max gives them even more hope.


Miracle Max: [Lifts and drops the arm of the dead Westley] I've seen worse.


Unfortunately, it took time for Westley to heal.


Westley: Why won't my arms move?

Fezzik: You've been mostly-dead all day.


This week at church, we will examine Sardis, the Mostly Dead Church. It was a church with a great name, doing lots of positive stuff, with no mention of a Jezebel, or false teaching, or persecution. Yet God saw it as mostly dead. What makes it different has clear application to us today. But now back to The Princess Bride and a final terrific quote about death.


Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?

Buttercup: Well... you were dead.

Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

Buttercup: I will never doubt again.

Westley: There will never be a need.