Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 7: Sunday Selah

Day 7 - Sunday Selah  Today, as we remember the costly sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ made to purchase our freedom and forgiveness, I am reminded of His response to the thief on the cross who was dying beside Him. Luke tells the story (23:39-43): One of the criminals who were hanged railed at [Jesus], saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 6: Weekly Thoughts

Day 6 - Weekly Thoughts This week, we have discussed Heaven, one of the greatest subjects in the whole Bible. With Scripture as our ultimate travel guide, we have learned that: Heaven is the dwelling place of God, and it is a place full of beauty, joy, and peace.God is the host of Heaven, and angels and believers account for ALL of its guests.Guests will spend eternity living with God, worshipping God,…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 5: The Alternative

Day 5 - The Alternative: Where Else Would I Go? When we receive an invitation to a celebration, we are given two choices: we can either accept it or reject it. Simply receiving an invitation with our names on it to an all-inclusive destination celebration will not provide us a confirmed reservation until we respond by saying yes. Our invitation to eternity in Heaven, paid for by the sacrifice of Jesus on…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 4: The Travel Requirements

Day 4- The Travel Requirements: How Do I Get There? If there is anything these last two years have changed for us, surely it is the relative simplicity of domestic and foreign travel. Now instead of requiring just a valid passport and boarding pass to get on a plane, most of us must provide medical tests and receipts to ensure passengers' safety. Not only that, but many of us must check to…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 3: The Activity Schedule

Day 3 - The Activity Schedule: What Will I Do There? If you have ever been on a cruise vacation or attended a weekend retreat or assisted in a summer day camp, you know all about activity schedules. Seemingly every day, there is a new special event that we just cannot miss. Every hour, there is another food to eat, location to visit, exercise to participate in, or teaching session to attend.…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 2: The Host and the Guests

Day 2 - The Host and the Guests: Who Will Be There?  Even when headed to a glorious destination, we would feel extraordinarily deprived if the people we enjoy spending time with the most were not going to be there, right? As one of five siblings—and married to one of six—I can hardly imagine what it would be like to take a solo vacation. Would a holiday spent far away from my…

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Why the Reality of Heaven Matters 1: The Destination

Day 1 - The Destination: What Is Heaven and What Is It Like?  What comes to mind when you think of Heaven? Today, our Western secular culture tends to think of Heaven as either the "good place" where all the mostly good people will end up when they die, or an imaginary place that religion has invented for comfort but has no basis in reality. So, practically, the opposing views are that…

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