Heaven’s Worth

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. Romans 8.18

Paul, the apostle, had suffered many things because of his preaching. The Jews made plans numerous times to have him killed. They did not agree with his acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah. In the past, Paul had been where they were in their disbelief, traveling to imprison any one he could find that was following Jesus.

However, Paul was converted to the truth. He suffered many of the things that he had once been guilty of doing against the disciples of Jesus. He wrote to the Galatians that he had been crucified with Christ and no longer lived, but Christ lived in him, Galatians 2.20. He had crucified the flesh with its passions and desires, Galatians 5.24.

Paul placed his hope in the life to come. He awaited the crown of righteousness that was reserved for him and all who remain faithful until death, 2 Timothy 4.8. He believed that all the suffering that he had endured could not begin to compare with the glory to be revealed in heaven.

Heaven will be worth whatever the price that has to paid here on this earth. Pay the price. You will be glad that you did!

#risingjoy #Romans #heaven

Return with him

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, they exult in their shame, and they think about earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3.19-21

Paul, in Philippians 3.17, tells the Philippians to imitate his life just as he once told the Corinthians. Paul was single-minded. His goal was to be found faithful at the second coming of Jesus and to prepare as many as possible to also be ready. He encourages them to watch carefully those who live the Christian life.

Paul followed with the warning that not all who were Christians had the same point of view. There were still some who believed that the old law had to be observed. Paul stated that these people were enemies of the cross of Christ. They were focused on life on this earth and not focused on what was to come.

Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is coming a second time. He is coming to claim his bride, the church! Those, who are faithful in the church, will return with him to heaven. Our citizenship is in heaven, not this earth. Our bodies will be transformed from their humble state. Through his power, he will change our bodies to be similar to his glorious body!

The question to ask is into what group do we fall? Are we trying to imitate Paul? Are we single-minded when it comes to our goal? Do we look forward to entering heaven for eternity? Or are we solely focused on life in the here and now? What are you focused on?

#risingjoy #Philippians #heaven

‘Sing to me of heaven’

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” Matthew 13:44.

Singing to each other about heaven is certainly encouraging. Because this world has its share of troubles and so many of us are going through struggles, we need to be built up by the scriptural vision of where we will spent eternity with the One who saves us when we gather together as the church.

“Sing to Me of Heaven” is such a song. When we do that, we bring release from toils, lift burdens, and shower blessings. We bring happiness to one another and dispel loneliness that comes from walking this world and missing those who have already gone on. We also dispel the shadows and weariness that lay over hearts when we sing of heaven. The Refrain reminds us to help others to fondly dream of better things and keep their eyes fixed on the goal as the shadows of the evening fall.

Heaven is so valuable as a goal for our eternity and our spiritual well-being and perseverance here that we must be willing to sell all of this temporary world that we have to gain it.

Are you singing to others of heaven to encourage them?

Doug Kashorek

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Able to go home

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

But our citizenship is in heaven – and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform these humble bodies of ours into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3.20,21

Do you like to travel? Living in a country that is not where you were born and raised can give you a better perspective at times. When we are citizens of one country and travel to another, you do not have the same rights as a native of the country. Of what country are you a citizen? Paul’s says that we are citizens of heaven. We sing “This world is not my home. I’m just a passing through.” We also hear people often say that “There is no place like home.” How true that is! The Christian is a citizen of heaven! We await Jesus’ return to be able to go home. There is going to be a huge transformation to take place upon his return. This body of mine that is sick, broken, and imperfect will be changed by his power into a glorious body similar to Jesus. I will travel to the heavenly city of which I am a citizen. I will go home!

#risingjoy #heaven #Philippians

What does the Bible say about heaven

by: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“Heaven is a wonderful place, filled with glory and grace. I want to see my Savior’s face, Heaven is a wonderful place. I want to go there.” These are the words to a beautiful song.

The Bible describes heaven as:

  • A wonderful, beautiful, real place where God dwells, a place of God’s presence (Psalm80:14; Matthew 5:16, 45, 48).
  • A place where Christ was before He came to earth (John 3:13, 6:38).
  • A place to which Christ returned at His ascension (Acts 1:11).
  • The dwelling place of angels (Matthew 28:2; Luke 22:43).
  • The eternal dwelling place of the soul of God’s faithful children.
  • A place of rest where God’s servants shall serve Him (Revelation 21, 22).

It is from heaven that Jesus will come when He returns at His second coming in the clouds (Acts 1:11;                   1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16; Revelation 1:7).

Just as the Bible teaches that heaven is the eternal dwelling place of the soul of God’s faithful children, the Bible describes the only alternative as the awful place of hell, the place of eternal punishment for the wicked (Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1).

As Christians we can take great comfort and hope in Jesus promise of preparing a place for us (John 14:1-3). A beloved song stages, “Heaven holds all to me.”

Although the Bible tries to describe how wonderful and beautiful heaven is, we surely cannot fully and completely understand how great it will be.

In Revelation 21 and 22, we are told that God will be there with no tears, death, pain, sorrow, etc., for the things of this world will have passed away.

Are you prepared to go to heaven? Is your name written in heaven because you have obeyed Jesus in the forgiveness of sins, and you are living for Him (Luke 10:20; Hebrews 12:23)? If not, please make that preparation before it is too late. If I can help you in any way, I will be happy to do so.

#bible-study, #heaven

The new Jerusalem, Revelation 21.2

“And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband.”

Revelation 21.2

What a blessing it must have been for John to have seen this vision! For this he has waited and prepared all his life. And he offers the vision to those who may see it before he does.

Christians know that beyond the grave lies the heavenly city of God. To be eternally with him motivates them. How much does heaven occupy my thoughts and dreams?

#votd #Revelation #heaven

September 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Various Topics)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Living in Trying Times (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • Using the Unusable (Cody Westbrook)
  • You Won’t Like Heaven (Trent Kennedy)
  • “They Have Not All Obeyed” (Don Walker)
  • Imitating God in Forgiveness (Kevin Cauley)
  • Some Reasons for Christians to be Happy (Mike Batot)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-characters, #christian-worker, #forgiving-others, #happiness, #heaven, #obeying-the-gospel, #reactions

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.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-living, #christian-worker, #forgiveness, #heaven, #jesus, #obedience-to-god, #salvation, #sin

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

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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

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