The Reason Heaven Is Heaven

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In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 14:2-3

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What Do You Live For?

Maybe my all time favorite video. (From the archives)

What do you live for?

 

My Friend Just Died, And This Is What His Daughter Wrote

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My friend David Serry just died. This is what his daughter Amy wrote.

My dad died last night.

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Things I Heard In Church: The Answer To The Question, “Are only a few people going to be saved?”

Things I Heard In Church: The answer to the question, “Are only a few people going to be saved?”

What a question. And the answer I heard surprised me. (If you’re interested in hearing more, click on Dave Teixeira’s great teaching entitled, Squeeze On In, 02/28/2016, 11 AM.)

Things I Heard In Church: God catches your tears in a bottle

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5)

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

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You Are Not Condemned

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Last post on the book of John we saw how God so loved us, that He allowed His Son to suffer a horrible death, to pay the price for our sins, so we could be reconciled to Him in heaven. That’s the message of John 3:16. And then in John 3:17 we saw how God’s purpose isn’t to condemn anyone, but instead His purpose is exactly the opposite, His purpose is to rescue everyone from condemnation. (John 3:17, 2 Peter 3:9, See previous post For God So Loved You)

Today we’ll explore the next verse after John 3:16-17. Speaking of himself Jesus says,

“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18)

Suffering, Evil, And Condemnation

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Your Life Story (As Told To God)

What happens when I dieGod’s telling a story with your life. But at the same time He’s given you free will to write that story pretty much any way you want to. So when it’s over, when you die and you stand before God, and you’re reading your life story back to Him.

What do you want Him to hear?

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A Matter of Life and Death: The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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“Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” -Jesus Christ, Matthew 4:17 (NLT)

Young man: “I just found out my favorite college professor has cancer.”

Old man: “I am so sorry to hear that. You know, I just spoke with my best friend from high school and learned he lost his brother, his mother, his sister-in-law, and his father–all in one year.

Life is so much more fragile than we realize. Life is so much shorter than we recognize. The kingdom of heaven is near.

Turn your heart toward God our Father.

While you still can.”

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The Consequences of Calling Your Own Shots–Genesis 49:29

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Jacob said: “I am about to be gathered to my people.” -Genesis 49:29

Jacob was about to die. He found himself in the same position every single one of us will find ourselves. Jacob was about to be gathered to his people.

And of course, so will you. The question is: Where are your people gathered?

I Have A Confession

I have a confession to make. I have this tendency–I tend to change my worldview to accommodate my own selfishness. Reflecting back I realize I had a desire for personal glory in a variety of arenas. At various times those areas in which I sought my own honor included work, running, hang gliding, and basketball–to name a few. At my core, Continue reading