Tears In Heaven?

By , March 24, 2018

“Jesus Wept”
John 11:35

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday
and today and forever”
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

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All followers of Jesus try to imagine what it is like in heaven and what we will do for eternity as we are gathered to be with God’s people from all ages. Will we just sit around playing harps and singing God’s praise? Will there be work to do? How shall we occupy ourselves?

There are numerous indications in Scripture about the present activity in heaven. The one I wish to focus on is this matter of how Jesus views the death of His saints from where He is in heaven.

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No Place To Hide And No Need To Hide

By , March 23, 2018

“If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
[9] If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
[10] even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
Psalm 139:8-10 (NIV)

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Our verses today are from Psalm 139, and it tells of a child of God pondering the fact that no matter where he goes, God is with him. This is a truth that every Christian needs, especially in times when life gets to be too much.

When we find life is going well we can easily forget just how much we really need the Lord. Such easy times in life can deceive us because we seem to manage on our own strength. The choices we make in the good times work well for us. Problems seem to be small and easy to cope with. However, when disaster strikes, we stumble and wonder where God went.

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Lost And Found

By , March 22, 2018

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.”
Isaiah 65:1 (NIV)

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When I met this particular Christian gentleman he was in his late 70’s. We soon became fast friends. Every time I preached in the church he attended we would have a coffee after the service or I would meet him in a restaurant for a meal.

He had lived a long and fascinating life. For some years he had served in the merchant marines as a cook aboard a ship that sailed the seven seas. He had gone ashore in many of the ports around the world. Originally he came from England and his soft accent could still be heard although most of his adult life had been lived away from his home country.

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A Fraud, Insane, Or The Truth?

By , March 21, 2018

“No one ever spoke like this man.”
John 7:46

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Students of world history all agree that the individual who made the greatest impact on humanity was the carpenter from Nazareth, Jesus Christ. So many great world leaders such as Napoleon, Ghandi, and others say that this individual gave the greatest teaching and exercised the most profound moral influence for good of any person who ever lived.

Even people who would never say they are Christians agree that there was something about Jesus that set Him apart from the rest of humanity.

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Heaven Bound

By , March 20, 2018

“…no one understands that the righteous
are taken away to be spared from evil.”
Isaiah 57:1 (NIV)

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On perhaps 10 occasions during my years of Christian ministry I have been called on to perform the funeral of a child. These have been the most difficult times of work that I ever experienced. There seems to be something especially obscene about a person being cut off by death before they have really tasted life.

Families wonder what their child might have been if they had been given time to mature and develop into a useful citizen of society and member of Christ’s church. This often happens at the time the child might have been of an age to enter university or get married.

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