Where is Heaven?

    Scripture: “In the beginning God created heavens and earth. The earth was formless and empty; and darkness was over the surface of the waters… God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good and separated light from darkness. He called the light day and called darkness night. There was morning and evening and the first day. Then God said,” Let there be a vault between the waters to separate them. And God called vault above the waters sky and that beneath vault seas.” Genesis 1: 1-5 We are told that there are three heavens: first heaven is the …

What is Heaven Like?

  Scripture: The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, ” What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, this is what God has prepared for those who love  Him.” Though Paul felt inadequate to describe heaven, the disciple John was privileged to look into heaven as described in Revelation 4: 1-6 and through an open door saw a throne with One seated on it. He had the appearance of jasper and ruby, and around the throne was a rainbow, which had the appearance of an emerald. Also around His throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those …

Who and What Won’t Be in Heaven?

      Scripture: According to Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, these are some who won’t be in heaven: 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Don’t you know the unrighteous won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived: neither those sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who practice homosexuality, thieves, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul added some to whom he wrote had been such before being washed in the cleansing blood of Jesus.  So we can rejoice that the shed blood of Jesus saves all who repent of sin, no matter how sinful and depraved.  Some other things won’t be …

What Kind of Bodies Will We Have?

    In Heaven What Kind of Bodies will we have? Scripture: The apostle Paul wrote these words: “For we who live, always are given over to death for Jesus’ sake; so that the life of Jesus might be manifested in our mortal bodies…for we know He who raised the Lord Jesus, will raise us also and bring us with you into His presence… For we know if the tent which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a building not made with hands, eternal in the heavens: for in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwellings; so …

Conclusions About Heaven

  Scripture: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me: your rod and your staff. they comfort me. You prepare a  table before me in the presence if my enemies: You anoint my head with oil: my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in …

Childlike Wonder

I think what I like most about Christmas is that it opens our hearts to childlike wonder. Christmas is definitely for children especially. After all it centers around Christ who was born a babe in a manger. I am glad to be like a kid again with fun and enjoyment of decorating, wrapping and preparing. But I am also glad that Jesus is no longer a babe in a manger. Oh beloved! Emmanuel has come and God is with us! Our risen King! He was resurrected into power and gives us all of Himself to celebrate every single day! Most kings …

If 2018 is my Final Year

That is a rather sobering thought, but none of us have assurance of tomorrow, and especially the remaining days of the year. So what are the most essential things I would like to complete if I knew this would be the last year of my life? First, I would want to have assurance there is no sin in my life not forgiven by God. I would like for each member of my family to know God and be serving Him. And God is allowing me to live a long life, and it’s my desire to be able to serve Him as long as I live on this earth, and then throughout eternity. And since I live in Florida and my plan is for my body …

Headed to Heaven

Everyone recognizes the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein and his famous equation E = mc2 (even though many of us have no clue what it means). The story is told that while traveling on a train, Dr. Einstein was unable to find his ticket when the conductor came by. He frantically looked in his pockets, briefcase, seat beside him, but to no avail. The kind conductor reassured him, “Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it..” The conductor continued down the aisle and then turned to …

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

It will be wonderful to live in heaven where no one will need to try and impress each other. And whether we admit it or not, deep within each life is the desire to be loved and accepted. I believe the most devout and famous preacher long to be accepted by his congregation. Pastors are human, and they want to be loved and accepted. In the largest churches, if attendance dwindled down consistently, pastors would be looking for other churches to pastor. I’m not suggesting the message be watered  down, but he wants to present the gospel in an appealing manner …

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

    Several song writers have written about this thought using the following words:     This world is not my home; I’m just passing through. Angels beckon me from heaven’s open door: And I can’t feel at home here anymore.   When we realize our time on earth is like a vapor, which is seen, but almost instantly disappears; therefore, we should place less emphasis on our earthly homes, and spend more time preparing for our heavenly homes. Because no matter how expensive our house and the value of other earthly possessions, at death we leave them behind: remember Job stated this truth …

Life is Not Just About Me!

      Life is not Just about Me!   No matter how impoverished or elaborate an infant’s environment, her natural inherited nature is selfishness. She is unable to express this thought, but evidently she thinks that the entire world revolves around her and her wishes. When she is hungry, she cries and her mother lets her nurse or gives her a bottle. She is satisfied and stops crying. But she was fed when hungry; so the next time she is hungry, she does a repeat performance and gets results. Then she becomes tired lying in her crib, and begins crying; soon she …

Life Is Meaningless Without God

      Life is Meaningless without God   I had planned to use Solomon’s words in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes to illustrate this topic, but don’t need to use Solomon’s life: because my early life is an excellent example of the futility of life without God. I remember that I lived from day to day with no purpose or goal. Perhaps as a child, as long as I had two parents to love me, a roof over my head, and plenty to eat, I was fairly satisfied. But when I graduated from high school my outlook on life changed. I …