June 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Sin and Salvation: Part 2)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Dead to Sin, Alive to God (Tom Wacaster)
  • Jesus: The Sinless Sacrifice (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Joy of Forgiveness (Logan Summers)
  • Soberly, Righteously, Godly (Tim Ayers)
  • Heaven, the Home of the Saved (Mike Bonner)
  • Responding to Heaven’s Invitation (Russell M. Kline)
  • To Seek and Save the Lost (John Grubb)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Going home for the holidays

There’s nothing like going home or going to visit loved ones during the holidays. There’s something about going to a place you are invited, where you are welcomed, and where you will enjoy spending time with loved ones and friends. The only downside is a day of departure is always set. It can’t go on forever.

We visited our daughter, husband, and children in Mississippi during the holiday season. Our son went with us so our whole family was together. What a joyful time we had. There were lots of hugs, laughter, late night and early morning talks, and good times shared with each other. Also, it was a restful time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to finally sit down and totally relax. What a joyful time this was for all of us. I just imagine in a small way it will be that way when we all get to heaven. Let’s think about that.

First of all, we are invited to heaven. No greater invitation has ever been issued. The invitation was set long ago when Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

Secondly, we are wanted. We don’t like to go places where we feel we are unwanted and uncomfortable. Jesus has prepared a place for us. He said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you.” Jesus wants us to be with Him. He said, “I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place I will come again and receive you unto Myself that where I am there you may be also.”

Thirdly, in heaven, we will be meeting loved ones and friends and talking and sharing stories. Who is it that you most want to meet in heaven beyond family members? What Bible character? How wonderful it will be to sit down and hear them tell of their work on earth.

Fourthly, we will not have a time limit on how long we can stay. We can stay forever in the most wonderful place we have ever seen or visited. In our world, we see many beautiful sites, but our eyes have never seen anything to compare with the beauties of this wonderful place prepared for us.

Finally, we will be singing and praising our Savior, thanking Him for laying down His life for us that we might have the hope of living in heaven with Him one sweet day. What a joy it will be to be in His presence.

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Now is the time to prepare, my friend.

#heaven, #home

My goal: Philippians 3.14 VOTD

“I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3.14 CSB

The apostle Paul uses his life as an example of the purpose and dedication that the Philippians should have. All else in life should be considered as trash, compared to this goal.

Describe in detail how you are pursuing the heavenly goal. Is it whole-hearted? Is it focused upon heaven and upon Jesus Christ? Is it single-minded? Are you using all God’s resources? Are you pursuing his mission?

#goal #heaven #VOTD

Ask the right question

Over on QBT, surfaces a criticism of the question about what we will do in heaven:

What we will do in…

The post, even in its pithy format, points up the need to ask the right question. One gets the impression that the celestial activity concern comes from American practicality where a body has to be up and doing something useful. People have written that, if harp-playing is all that will be going on there, then they don’t want to go. Continue reading

#bible-study, #heaven, #questions

A taste of home

If, on the report I made yesterday, you read between the lines, you might have figured out that the first place we went after arrival from Brazil in the US last month was … a Brazilian restaurant. Our son Joel drove from Henderson to Nashville to pick us up at the airport and that restaurant is a taste of home for him. So we were happy to indulge his desire.

The name of the restaurant is “Café Mineiro.” (See photo of The Missus and me in the restaurant here.) “Mineiro” is one who is from the state of Minas Gerais. Joel was born in that state’s capital, Belo Horizonte, where we lived our first 10 years in Brazil. Continue reading

#church, #heaven

Walking the Well-Traveled Path (A Word to the Wise)

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul (Proverbs 16:17, NKJV). Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. No man can go to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). This means that if a person desires heaven, then he must listen and obey Jesus. We all travel on a highway through life; it is the desire of many to arrive at a destination that is restful and pleasant. The thoughtful person even desires that place to be heaven. But it won’t be heaven if he/she does not listen to Jesus and obey. The reason for this is simple: The Lord gave directions as to how to get there, but if a person hears nothing of those directions, then no possibility of arrival exists. Even if one did listen, but then changed her mind about listening further, the result will be straying from the less traveled path the Lord walked on, and onto a path well-traveled by many who don’t know where they are going. RT

#heaven, #obedience, #word-to-the-wise

Things I will not miss about this world

When Job said life in this world comes with trouble (Job 14:1) he meant every word of it.

While there may be a few things I miss about this world, they are heavily outweighed by the things that I will not miss…not for a second of eternity.

From dealing with the spiritual adversary of righteousness, to the physical burdens of living in a clay vessel and on into the draining mental strife of knowing that this world could be, should be and is supposed to be better than what it is. I will not miss this world because of them, and because of these: Continue reading

#daily-life, #heaven, #list

Things I will miss about this world

Other than the fact that my list will obviously revolve more around musings meant to produce some humorous thoughts, let me quickly emphasize that when I say I will miss certain things about this world, I’m not talking about any of the things that John plainly warns about (1 John 2:15-17). What I am saying with my list is if God could say his creation was very good before the end of the week (Genesis 1:31) then to me it means there are certain things about this place that can be worth appreciating. And even though I believe God promises eternal life with a new heavens and a new earth to his faithful (2 Peter 3:12-13), I also believe life there will be very different when compared to what we know here. I’m not saying I know all the details of what life in eternity will be like with my list, but I am saying odds are (as they appear to me) a few things here will be missing there. Therefore, here’s my list of things I will miss about this world: Continue reading

#daily-life, #heaven, #list

What does the Bible say about knowing each other in heaven

By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

Every thoughtful person who has suffered in grief because of the death of dear friends and loved ones is interested in this question.

The Bible teaches that we are made in the image of God, and we have an eternal soul (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7). Death is the separation of the physical body and the spiritual soul (James 2:24). At death the body returns to the dust and the soul to God who gave it (Eccl. 12:7).

Most people believe that there will be recognition after death, and not only is it reasonable, but the Bible teaches it.

The apostle Paul looked forward to associating with fellow Christians in heaven. Paul spoke of Christians as his “joy and crown” (Philippians 4:1), who would bring “rejoicing…In the day of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 1:14).

In 1 Thessalonians 2:10, Paul spoke of Christians as being his hope, joy and cause for rejoicing in the presence of the word at his coming.

In 2 Corinthians 4:14, when Paul tells that God “shall present us with you,” certainly does not sound like they will be strangers.

In Luke 16:19-31, there was recognition of the rich man and Lazarus, and remembrance of their former life.

In 2 Samuel12, David’s son died and he said he could not bring his son back, but he could go to him. Surely this shows that he would know his own son, and his relationship with his own child would be more special than that with other children.

These truths should give us hope and comfort as we prepare for eternity. Preparation is the key in going to heaven along with faithful service to God. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

#heaven

Hugh’s News & Views (The Only Ones)

THE ONLY ONES GOING TO HEAVEN

Following His earthly ministry, Christ returned to heaven to prepare a beautiful eternal home for the saved (John 14:1-3). It has often been said that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” While the Lord is not willing that any should be lost (II Peter 3:9), the fact remains that not everyone will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus also spoke of a place prepared for the devil and his angels and said that the lost would be assigned to that place (Matthew 25:41). Continue reading

#heaven, #hughfulford, #salvation

Hugh’s News & Views (New Heavens)

NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH

The Holy Scriptures are abundantly clear as to the ultimate destiny of this present physical universe, including the heavens and earth where mankind now lives. The apostle Peter wrote: Continue reading

#heaven, #hughfulford

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

Two times only, in two different senses

You may see this elsewhere, but here’s something cool—and of vital importance. The Greek word monē (abode, dwelling place) is used only twice in all the NT: John 14.2 and John 14.23. In the first, Christ prepares for us heavenly dwelling places. So we ought to prepare ourselves so we can be received into them. In the second, God is seeking, today, dwelling places on earth—in the hearts of men. So we ought to prepare ourselves to receive him, and the Lord Jesus, by loving obedience. Only when he takes up his residence in us on earth, will we be able to reside with him in eternity.

#obedience #heaven #presence-of-god

How is heaven different?

I’m in an online discussion with a non-Christian. Right now we’re talking about heaven. The most recent question is this:

So how is being in heaven any different than knowing the magnificence of God now? Do we develop a better understanding or appreciation there?

Sometimes the simplest questions can be the most challenging. As far as I can tell, the question is quite sincere.

I’ve given a short answer already. How would you answer this?

#glory-of-god, #heaven

Hugh’s News & Views (Heaven)

HEAVEN

Heaven is, and always has been, the highest hope of multiplied millions. This hope has brightened the way and lifted the heart of king and peasant, rich and poor, slave and free, educated and uneducated of all races, tribes, tongues, and nations. The patriarch Abraham “looked for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10). King David had his grief for his deceased child assuaged by the hope that “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (II Samuel 11:23). The followers of Christ in New Testament times were obsessed with the confident hope and expectation of heaven. The apostle Peter confidently wrote: “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth (a new realm of life, hf) in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:13). Continue reading

#heaven, #hughfulford