100 days so far in the year!

Today is 2020-04-09, in the 15th week of the year. We have 226 days remaining in 2020 (leap year, remember?), if the Lord permits the world to stand and if he allows us this time on earth.

Each year, each day brings us different challenges and opportunities. Let us not moan about those we do not have, but rather take advantage of those we are presented with.

What are we doing with our time? Do we use it well? Do we throw away the hours and minutes? Do we occupy ourselves with worthy goals and activities?

We have been put here on this earth to prepare for the Next Step. I want to take it. How about you?

#time #preparation #eternity

Eternity Awaits Poem

ETERNITY AWAITS

What can I say, my brother, my friend,

  To make you realize the danger you are in?

With your complacent attitude about the work of the Lord,

  You are flirting with danger and will lose your soul.

A visit, a call, a letter written in love,

  Will it make you think of Heaven above?

Is there something I can do to shake you awake,

  About spiritual things and the dangers you take?

Week after week you let His day pass by,

  Missing His supper, you are too busy, you cry;

You’re sleepy, you are tired from a hard day before,

  So another day passes without worshiping the Lord.

Death is coming to you and to me,

  No more excuses can be offered then, you see;

Your doom will be set, eternity awaits;

  No welcome home sign for you at the pearly gates.

  • Glenda Williams 1-2006

#eternity

In exchange

“What can a person give in exchange for his life?”
Mark 8.37 NET

Jesus reminds us that nothing in this world can compare to, or compensate, for eternity.

#eternity #Jesus #soul

What does the Bible say about preparing for eternity

by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe
in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

The above verses with others and the entire tenor of God’s word tells us of the necessity of making preparation to meet the Lord in heaven and to escape hell. God has made every necessary provision for the salvation of everyone through the gift of His Son. And Jesus was willing to sacrifice in His dying upon that old rugged cross that we might be forgiven of our sins.

Even though God has provided the gift of salvation to everyone as the Bible states, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:14), God requires our faith and obedience.

Jesus stated the necessity of obedience when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Jesus also encourages us to follow the narrow way that leads to life because there are few that do so. But He says there are many who travel the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

It is so true that “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people,” and that “not everyone talking about heaven will necessarily go there.”

#bible-study, #eternity

The forever church relocated

Steve Preston wrote today on his BibleTalk email list: “The kingdom, the church, will last for ever. However, it will not always exist on the earth.”

What a wonderful distinction! The people of God will participate in God’s eternity. But their passage on earth will be brief. They will be relocated to that place that Christ has prepared, Jn 14.1-4.

The great blessing is that we know where he went, and we know how to get there. He calls us to follow him there.

If you have not yet begun that journey, start now. If you have, call others to join with us.

#church, #eternity, #people-of-god

You – and by you I mean you – will go to Heaven

A huge spiritual question that some wrestle with is, “Will we know each other in Heaven?”

There are two answers, but only one can be right for obvious reasons.

Now each answer can create its own additional questions, but additional questions do not change the original question at hand and whether or not we can know its answer according to the scriptures.

I for one believe that the Bible overwhelming teaches that… Continue reading

#bible-questions, #eternity, #heaven, #personal-concerns

Love for the present age

Demas deserted Paul, “since he loved the present age” 2 Tim 4.10. In his commentary, Wm. Barclay engages in much speculation about what might have happened to Demas. Love for the present age or world comes in many forms. It is opposed to love of the God who rules for all the ages, who is eternal. He who loves the present age hates the age to come. Living in the present age prevents one from living for the next. Whatever form that love of the present age takes, it sucks out of the room all the oxygen of eternal ambition, it crowds out the search for things above, it dampens enthusiasm for spiritual things. Love for the present age puts man in the center and removes God from the throne. The flesh reigns, the spirit dies, and hope in the redemption of Christ becomes but a faint memory.

#Demas #love #eternity #worldliness

What does the Bible say about preparing for eternity?

From the desk of Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12).

Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

The above verses with others, and the entire tenor of God’s word, tells us of the necessity of making preparation to meet the Lord in heaven, and to escape hell. God has made every provision necessary for the salvation of everyone through the gift of His Son. And, Jesus was willing to sacrifice in His dying upon that old rugged cross, that we might be forgiven of our sins.

Even though God has provided the gift of salvation to everyone as the Bible states, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,” (Titus 2:14), God requires our faith and obedience.

Jesus stated the necessity of obedience when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Jesus also encourages us to follow the narrow way that leads to life, because there are few that do so. But, He says there are many who travel the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14).

It is true that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people,” and that “not everyone talking about heaven will necessarily go there.”

We must make preparation by obeying the Lord as the Bible teaches. Jesus tells us we must have faith in Him as the Son of God; that will lead us to repent of our sins; to confess that Jesus is the Son of God before men; and to be baptized into Jesus death to have our sins forgiven as they are washed away in His precious blood (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21).

Are you preparing for eternity?

#eternity, #heaven, #preparation

Ready or not time is swiftly passing

2015 is here. It will take me a while to get accustomed to writing that date, but I will. Time marches on. It waits for no one. It reminds me of a game we played as children, when we yelled, “ready or not, here I come.” We often ask, “Where does the time go?” It’s moving along slowly but surely. Ready or not, it is coming if the Lord allows the world to stand.

Are we ready? You might think, “Well, what difference does it make?” As time marches on each of us is growing older. We are one step closer to the grave, to eternity. That’s the difference it makes.

When Hayes Funeral Home in Elba has a new body, they send me an announcement by email. I always feel a sense of dread in opening the email, afraid it might be someone I know. Often times it is someone I know. Death waits for no one. Friends and loved ones are going out into eternity, ready or not.

Let’s look at our spiritual growth during the past year. Let’s ask ourselves some serious questions:

Did we grow spiritually last year?
Are we closer to the Lord than we were a year ago?
Did our knowledge of the Word of God increase?
Did we devote more time to doing the Lord’s work this past year? Did we visit more? Did we talk to anyone about their soul? Did we help anyone in need? Did we give of our means as He would have us do? Did we attend the services of the church faithfully? Did we lead anyone to the Lord? Did we try?

Dr. Phil McGraw will often say, “The best way to determine future behavior is to look at past behavior.” I hope that is not true with our spiritual life. I hope that each year we will resolve to grow spiritually by studying our Bibles, by praying, by faithfully attending the services of the church, and by serving our fellowman with the goal of leading them to Christ.

When I was young, the Chuck Wagon Gang sang a song that I love. The chorus Is:

“I want my Lord to be satisfied with me.
I want my life to be what He’d have it be.
And when I come to that great eternity,
His smile will say He is satisfied with me.”

#2015, #bible-reading, #death, #eternity, #new-year

What an atheist did answer, then me (8)

QUESTION: What happens when we die?

ATHEIST: All bodily functions cease, and eventually our bodies decompose. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-21).

CHRISTIAN: From a purely naturalistic perspective this would be true, but there is more to man that just the material substance. There is the mind, and the mind is not material. From where did it originate? An atheist has no answer, but a theist does (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The passage used (3:19-21) is strictly from a physical perspective, but the wise preacher of Ecclesiastes knew there was more than the physical/material. In this there is wisdom.

QUESTION: What if your wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

ATHEIST: If I am wrong, then I will go to Hell. Under such a circumstance, our choices are limited: 1) Be eternally tortured. 2) Be terrorized into submission in hopes of being allowed to spend eternity with the very being who created this scenario which lead to being so terrorized in the first place. I find neither scenario appealing. (NOTE: The concept of Hell being an old Pagan myth; and the concept of Heaven being “pie in the sky” hopes of defying nature and thereby somehow reconnecting with dearly departed loved ones; neither concept renders itself either a realistic cause for concern or a viable source of consolation).

CHRISTIAN: An atheist chooses to look upon the options as to only two, and he then chooses to value those options according to his own subjective standard. Yet, his standard is arbitrary, and not objective or transcendent. Thus, no reason to accept what he says about it; it can be summarily dismissed. The third option is to change one’s thinking in accordance with the evidence, but many atheists don’t do that since naturalism is a dogma that has to be held onto at all cost. Recently read an article where naturalism has to accept supernaturalism at the outset (see earlier reply). Interesting!

#atheism, #eternity, #heaven, #hell, #punishment

What an atheist did answer, then me (2)

QUESTION: What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

ATHEIST: I am not sure who Harris is. Dawkins and Hitchens are brilliant minds who have studied extensively and who present their concerns passionately.

CHRISTIAN: Whatever capability these men have (or might have had) is thrown away because of a willful acceptance toward a naturalistic ideology. It can be said: there are no dead atheists. They went into the realm of death as an atheist, but on the other side of life they are not!

#atheism, #eternity, #science

Learning to please God: Eternal rewards (#13)

The death of a saint is precious in the Lord’s sight. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalms 116:15) The death of an unsaved person is a sorrow and grief to God. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8) Continue reading

#charles-box, #eternity, #heaven, #hell, #rewards

He keeps a detailed record, makes history

notesIn his column today, my good friend Mike Brooks writes in “History” that he keeps a detailed record of his movements in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anybody else do this? I’ve been hit and miss on doing something similar, but then I’m here all the time.

Still, I could have done a better job. After all, nobody’s going to write my biography, so my records are going to be it. And when I’m in my retirement rocker, I may want to recall what happened.

In this article, Mike has a great application of this habit in spiritual terms.

I’ve known Mike since around 1980. Good brother. Ask God’s blessing on his work and family. And do read the article.

#eternity, #history

Only one person's death can change you eternally

Be it a family member or friend or even a stranger, the death of an individual has the power to change people.

It can cause us to better appreciate the little things. It can cause us to become more patient. It can cause us to let go of burdens from our past. It can cause us to strive to be a better person.

But only the death of one man has the power to change us eternally!

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

#death, #eternity, #jesus-christ

Quaking mountains, swaying hills

The Scripture for today, April 24, is Jeremiah 4:24 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“I looked at the mountains and they were quaking, all the hills were swaying.”

We have expressions that something is “as eternal as the mountains” or “as old as the hills”. Perhaps earthquakes are a good reminder to us that nothing on earth is eternal. That also includes things, people, power, position, belongings. Eventually they quake and sway and are gone. Only that which is spiritual is forever.

Mum Katheryn Haddad

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#earthquakes, #eternity, #spiritual